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Thomas Burrell

Tom Burrell, husband, father, grandfather, brother, of Slatington, Pennsylvania passed suddenly on Monday, November 5th, 2018.   Born in Coaldale on February 5, 1961, he was the son of the late David and Margaret (Libensberger) Burrell.  As a graduate from Tamaqua High school, Lincoln Tech and LCCC, Tom worked for Western Electric, AT&T, and Agere for over 25 years.    Most recently, he continued his career as a robotics technician & supervisor for over 10 years with II-VI OptoElectronic Devices in Warren, NJ.  He was taken too quickly from us, but leaves us with the echoes of his laughter and giant hugs. Tom possessed incredible patience, a passion for understanding how things worked and a kindness that touched most that walked through the door of his home.  Lover of many things: electronics, mechanics, music, computers, movies, the beach, fire arms, tools, dogs, a roaring fire, blue blounders, thorough and detailed explanations, and the UPS man. Most importantly, Tom loved and took pride in his family.  He passed quickly with good friends in a place he loved.
He left behind his high school sweetheart and wife of 38 years, Marie, as well as his three children Jeremy and his wife Laura who live in New York, Stephanie and her husband Todd Reeve of Pennsylvania and Kory Burrell, also living in New York. Tom leaves his two granddaughters, Mayara and Liviana as well as a long list of future plans and things that we all need his help to fix. Tom is also survived by his brother David, two sisters, Patti & Deborah, his stepfather, Buddy, as well as several nieces, nephews and loving family in California.
The family welcomes visitors and loved ones to stop by in celebration of Tom’s life and share their fondest story of Tom Burrell on Friday, November 9th between 5 pm – 8 pm at the Burrell home. In accordance with Tom’s wishes, the family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, anyone can make a memorial donation to the Tom Burrell Memorial Fund through www.gofundme.com (search Tom Burrell Memorial Fund on this site or type this link into any search engine https://bit.ly/2zBedLJ) for the education of his granddaughters.   Arrangements are under the care of the Harding Funeral Home, Slatington.

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Great Coworker, Good Boss, I've work with Tom since i started at Anadigics/II-VI 8 years ago, He was always a good guy, very generous about sharing advice and information, to teach work related items with a lot of patiance. Offer help when needed. As  supervisor he listened to our suggestions on how to deal with problems at work. But i will never forget his advices about school and work. My Deepest Condolences to his family and closest loved ones, I will keep them all and Tom's soul in my prayers.

Alex Bernales Jr. Nov 9 2018 12:00 AM

Tom great friend awesome person I will miss him. Sorry I will not make services.Bill Bley lumpy

Bill Bley Lumpy Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM

Dearest Marie & Family:I am in shock to hear of the sudden passing of your Husband and Father. There are no words to express my heartfelt sympathy to each and everyone of you. Tom was a heartwarming, kind and loving person, generous, and a smile that could fill a room. Nothing I can say will ever take away your shock or grief. Cherish each other and all the wonderful memories. It is so scary to realize how fragile life is and how quickly life can change in a blink of an eye. Be strong, lean on your Faith! Allow God to wrap you in his arms until you regain your strength. Marie..you have been there for me in the past, please know that I am here for you as you journey through this tragic time in your Life. Sending prayers for strength and comfort to each and everyone of you.Deepest Sympathy with Love & FriendshipJennifer (Kern) Eschbach

Jennifer Kern Eschbach Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for you loss, prayers and hugs to the family.

Kay Melochick Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM