Obituary of Thomas F. Brophey
Thomas F. "Tom" Brophey
WELLSVILLE - Thomas F. "Tom" Brophey, 56, of Wellsville, passed away suddenly Sunday, May 10, 2020, at his home.
He was born May 28, 1963, in East Liverpool, the son of Angela "Dolly" (Amato) Brophey of Wellsville and the late Thomas J. Brophey. In addition to his father, Tom was preceded in death by his sister, Gerri Brophey-Postich.
Tom graduated from Wellsville High School in 1980 and from Ohio University. He has held several jobs over his lifetime including working for the Columbiana County Mental Health Board, administrative assistant at the Columbiana County Health Department, head fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and crisis intervention specialist at the Jefferson County Jail for Sheriff Fred Abdalla. He was currently employed at Davis Brothers Pharmacy in Chester and Newell.
Tom was a very active member of his community. He was a former member of the Wellsville Sons of Italy Lodge 657, Knights of Columbus, Wellsville VFW Post 5647, and had served as president of the Hammond Park Committee. Tom was still serving on the Wellsville Local School District Board of Education where he was a twenty-eight year member. He was proud to have been a part of the planning of the new Wellsville High School building. Having been the youngest member ever elected to the board, Tom received numerous awards and accolades for his service to the local and state boards of education. He received the highest awards given by the Ohio State School Board Association including the Master Board Membership, Award of Achievement, and The All Ohio School Board. He was elected president of the Northeast Ohio Regional Board of Education Members, served as a trustee and on the executive committee, and was awarded the Ohio State Board of Education School Board Member of the Year in 2016. Tom was also part of the National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network and traveled to Washington DC to lobby on behalf of the children of Wellsville and Columbiana County. When asked why he devoted so much of his time to the school boards, Tom's reply always was, "I'm doing it for the kids. They have rights, and I want to be a steward for them. It's all about the kids." Tom was well respected by his peers, legislators, and the public school community. He was a tireless leader for Wellsville and Columbiana County.
Tom also was very active in his church and was a firm believer in Divine Mercy. He was member of the former Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville where he was a Eucharistic Minister and taught CCD classes for twenty-eight years. He was an instrumental part of the Save the Immaculate Conception Church group, and he would always lead the prayer services in front of the shrine at the church. At the closing of Immaculate Conception Church, Tom became a member of Sacred Heart Church in Chester where he was a CCD teacher for confirmation classes, served as a Eucharistic Minister, and was a lector. He also served on the parish council.
In addition to his mother, Tom is survived by two nieces, one great-niece, and one great-nephew. Also surviving are several aunts and uncles including his dear aunt, Irma Amato, with whom he was very close. Tom also leaves behind an extended family of many cousins and his precious fur-baby, Dax the beagle.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be held at Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsville with Rev. Jeeson Stephan of Sacred Heart Church presiding.
Burial will follow in St. Elizabeth Cemetery.
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