Thomas A. Hodge, “Tinker”, age 84, of Edinboro, Pa passed away at his home Saturday, March 18, 2023, surrounded by his family, from a chronic case of old age. Tom was born in Scotch Plains, NJ on March 27, 1938, the son of the late C. Arthur and Ina B. Hodge.

Growing up on his parent’s dairy farm in North Branch, NJ, Tom was a true jack of all trades, earning his nickname “Tinker”. He truly had the knack. He spent most of his life working for Apgar Brothers of Bound Brook, NJ & Erie, Pa as a mechanic, then a truck driver. Late in life Tom worked in a new career as a crane operator for Alex Roofing, a job he loved. Besides working, Tom was the world’s most selfless family man, devoting himself exclusively to taking care of his family and anyone in need. He was the world’s best Father, Grandfather & Great Grandfather a person could know- there in a second’s notice with a 5gal jug of fuel or to lend a hand with a project. He was generous with his family to a fault. He didn’t often tell anyone that he loved them- he didn’t have to.

In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by an amazing woman and the mother of his children, his wife of 57 years, Barbara “Vaughn” Hodge; his sister Ina Van Nuys; brother-in-law Robert B. Vaughn; grandson Derek Coon; and favorite dog Foxy.

He is survived by his sister, Nancy Weinberg (Jerry) of St James City, FL; “His in-law family”, David Vaughn (Shelly) and Elizabeth Vaughn of Somerville, NJ; four sons, Thomas V. Hodge of Mill Village, Robert Hodge (Jennifer) of Centreville, AL, Chris Hodge (Tammy) of Edinboro and David Hodge (Kim) of CO. Also, six grandchildren, Jason Coon of Pittsburgh, Christine Renick (Kyle) and Kati Miller (Chad) of Edinboro, Jessica Jones of Centreville, AL, Clinton Hodge of Edinboro and Maddison Hodge of Colorado; and six great-grandchildren.

A private funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Cambridge Springs on May 28th, followed by public celebration of Tom’s life at his home starting at 5:00 pm till? (Please consider this your invite to help celebrate his life.)

At the end of Tom’s life, a village worked tirelessly to prevent his last days from being in a nursing home. The village included his granddaughters Christine, Kati and their spouses, his daughter-in-law Tammy, Care Aids Jane, and June, among others. Please see this case sensitive web address for a more in-depth look at Tom’s life and additional photos.