Thomas A. Alf

07/18/1949 - 11/13/2019

Obituary for Thomas A. Alf

Thomas A. Alf age 70 of Hamilton passed away Wednesday November 13, 2019 at Hospice of Hamilton. He was born July 18, 1949 in Hamilton, Ohio the son of the late Herbert and Mary (nee Zerr) Alf. Tom was a 1967 graduate of Garfield High School, a Miami University graduate, and also a graduate of Xavier University. On December 21, 1985 he married Deborah Vaske. Tom was a member of St. Ann and Sacred Heart Catholic Churches. For over 50 years, Tom served his community and advanced the mission of public education. His work in Hamilton City Schools as a teacher, building administrator, and Asst. Superintendent has made the district and community a better place. Upon his retirement, Tom continued his work as an educational leader in many surrounding districts, beginning with New Miami Local Schools. Tom was driven by his faith, compassion, and relationships. This was never more evident than with his work in the community as a member of 17 Strong, the City Planning Commission, and his service as a Board of Education member for Hamilton City Schools as well as a Board Member at Butler Tech. Tom will be missed by a community that he truly loves, but his memory and impact will positively benefit future generations. He was a loyal mentor to fellow educators and students and was known as a man of great integrity. Tom was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan, and on his birthday, July 18, 2019, he and several friends walked from Hamilton to Great American Ballpark to attend the game. He is survived by his wife Deborah Alf; two children, Sarah (Robert) Burk and Katie Poe; two grandchildren, Ella and Helen, and two sisters Mary Jo (Dan) Corner and Lucy (Samir) Younes. He was also preceded in death by his sister Jane Poe. Visitation will be held from 2-6 PM on Sunday November 17, 2019 in the Hamilton High School Athletic Center, 1165 Eaton Avenue. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 AM Monday November 18, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 400 Nilles Road, Fairfield, with Father Larry Tharp, officiating. Burial to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions would be appreciated to Hospice of Hamilton or to the Hamilton Community Foundation. THE WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME 3080 Homeward Way at Rt. 4, Fairfield is serving the family.




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I only met Tom once. His sister Lucy, however, spoke of him often. His service to his family and his community won my admiration. He set an example that will be tough for others to follow.
- Benjamin Jacobs
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing Debbie. He was indeed a special person and touched so many lives. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob Brandner
- Bob Brandner
I was very sorry to hear of Tom's health problems and his untimely passing. I met Tom when we served together on the Planning Commission and we later served together on ADRB. He was a great guy. He'll be sorely missed. You have our deepest condolences. Armand Bloch
- Armand Bloch

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