“...Because in the end, the measure of a well-lived life is not titles or riches. It’s not even measured by the people we please, especially at the cost of our own souls. No, the true measure of a well-lived life is how well we love…and how well we are loved in return.” - Cathy Maxwell
We find no better instructor to teach us all the lesson of a life well-lived than Trevor Paul (Trizzy, TTom) Thomas, who on Sunday, September 1, 2019, after 21 glorious, adventurous, and fun-filled years, flew this earth in the tender protection of his guardian angels, his grandfather, Carl Thomas and grandfather, Les Kyle, who passed before him. From the moment he took his first breath on February 19, 1998, Trevor blazed a social and athletic trail that branched far beyond the borders of Meyersdale. In his elementary years on the “southside” of the Dale, this leader of the pack organized summer wiffle ball games, hoop shoots, and jailbreak for his neighborhood chronies; next, he entered his years of peewee wrestling and Little League baseball on mats and diamonds where he held court to an ever-widening circle of pals. Trevor was an especially menacing bunter and a stealthy base stealer as well as the vocal leader of his undefeated (32-0) WQZS Little League team, about which he still shamelessly bragged into adulthood. Though not necessarily fond of the academic traditions of the classroom and definitely no stranger to an occasional lunchtime detention in his scholarly career, Trevor did look forward to every school day as an opportunity to hang with the boys, good-naturedly test the waters and try the patience of his teachers, and share his contagious smile with everyone around him. His kindness in the classroom was legendary---he was a defender of the downtrodden, a consoler of the sad, and a ringleader to his crew who followed him devotedly and affectionately. With high school came his tremendous impact---physically as well as psychologically---on any sports field. Trevor’s speed, agility, and strategic mind wreaked havoc on gridiron opponents; likewise, his defensive skills and savvy in the batter’s box and on the base pads led the Red Raider baseball team to Westpac and District V titles as well as to a PA Class A state runners-up finish. Even more indelible was Trevor’s paternal influence on his teammates---he could ignite them, inspire them, and lead them to success because they always knew that he truly was their “brother” who had their backs, period. Trevor’s love for the diamond and his brotherhood with teammates continued after his 2016 high school graduation as he pursued his sports management degree, first at Allegany College of Maryland and then at Penn State Fayette.
Trevor is survived by these loved ones: parents, Paul and Brenda (Pritts) Thomas and sister, Whitney, who collectively nurtured his deep compassion, his tremendous spontaneity, his athletic prowess, his genuine connection to so many people, and his unabashed joy to manage marathon rounds of family card playing and board games; paternal grandma, Marcia Thomas; aunts and uncles, Doug (Karen) Thomas, Todd (Stephanie) Thomas, and Karla (Randy) Ousley; cousins, Amber (Trevor) Carmichael, Douglas (Kayla) Thomas, Alyssa Thomas, Tyler Thomas, Jasmine Thomas, Jordyn Thomas, Shane Chabol, Cambreigh Thomas and Paislee Thomas; maternal grandmother, Carol Kyle; maternal grandfather and grandmother, Bill and Nancy Zinn; aunts and uncles, Julie (Jim) Doyle, Tracy Sheffield, Michelle (Edgar) Wilson, Paula Sheffield, Shawn (Brittany) Kyle; cousins, Jamie (Aimee) Doyle, Jen (Jeremy) Buterbaugh, Kayla (Mahlon) Robertson, Nicole (Connor) Eberly, Dylan (Karla) Sheffield, Teddy Wilson, Bubba Hetz, Alyssa Wilson, Lennon Kyle, Deagan Robertson, Bryce Robertson, Chance Wilson, JoLee Buterbaugh, Jeremiah Wilson; special friends, Anthony “Ant” McFee---for whom Trevor’s love and loyal knew no bounds--and “Larry,” “Kobe,” “Swag,” “Cheese,” ”Cam,” “Grandpa,” “Keat,” “Churchie,” “Lemons” ---- all of whom Trevor fondly nicknamed, as well as Brady, Rev, Hotch, Cole, and countless others whose lives this young man blessed and enriched.
Trevor’s father, Paul, mother, Brenda, and sister, Whitney invite you to remember Trevor’s extraordinary life in a manner befitting how he lived: with friendship, fun, laughter and of course, baseball! Let’s meet on the Meyersdale Playground Little League Field from 2 pm until dark on Friday, September 6 (viewing) to play ball and again at 11 am on Saturday, September 7 on the diamond---where this boy of summer spent so many precious moments---to celebrate this life well-lived by remembering him and by sharing stories of his impact on our lives. Please wear Trevor attire: shorts and athletic t-shirts!
Newman Funeral Home, Inc., 9168 Mason-Dixon Hwy., Salisbury, PA, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a memorial baseball scholarship to honor Trevor’s memory. Checks should be made payable to the Meyersdale Athletic Boosters and mailed to 1349 Shaw Mines Road, Meyersdale, PA 15552.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
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Meyersdale Athletic Boosters
1349 Shaw Mines Rd., Meyersdale MD 15552