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Thomas Edward Hose
Early Sunday October 31st Thomas Edward Hose son of the late Richard Hose and Harriet Schneider Hose passed suddenly and quietly in his sleep. There was no indication that he suffered any pain at his passing. The family is left to struggle with this tragedy and determine the path forward. Warmest thanks to everyone who reached out to the family and offered assistance and/or condolences.
Tom hated boring obituaries. He would comment that the author didn’t really say anything about the deceased, besides their basic statistics. It is our stated goal to prepare an obituary that Tom would be proud to call his own.
Little Tommy was born at 9:22 PM on September 26, 1955, in Massillon, Ohio. He was the third and final child brought into this world by Dick and Harriet. It was evident from the start that little Tommy was special. Some called it stubborn, obstinate or annoying, and they might be right. But really it was just the earliest expression of the fixed determination that lived at the very center of his being. For those of you that knew Tom personally, we are confident that you understand. In spite of this fixed determination or perhaps because of it, Tommy won the heart of his grandma Frances, and that was a very good thing that he worked to his advantage. His big brown eyes when combined with the “Old Hose Charm” could be a very effective negotiating tool.
Before little Tommy’s first birthday his parents purchased the house on Milmont Street in Massillon and moved the family. Except for the summer of 1964 when dad’s job caused the family to temporarily relocate to Phoenix, Tom spent his entire childhood in that house where his parents remained so long as they physically could. The house was in a neighborhood typical of the 1960s; kids everywhere and parents who weren’t afraid to let the kids play. The neighborhood was on the edge of town adjacent to large tracks of woods and open farmland so there was a lot of room to play. Tom made friendships with kids in that neighborhood that endured over the years.
The summer in Phoenix was an eye opener for Tom. It was a giant summer vacation, jammed into a tiny little bedroom with his older brother and sister, in the two-bedroom apartment the family rented. But the complex had a pool and that was where all the kids hung out (yay). Arizona was so completely contrary to what he was used to in Ohio at almost every level, and he just loved that. He had the opportunity as a kid to experience the Southwest, from Nogales, Mexico to Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, and most things in between, as his parents were bound to see it all from the windshield of blue Dodge station wagon.
In 1970 Tom escaped grade school like most kids those days, by chewing through the restraints. He entered Central Catholic High School in Canton, Ohio where he really began to figure out who he was and what he was going to do with the time given him. Bear with us persistent readers and recall the fixed determination that lived at the very center of Tom’s being. That determination was allowed to grow (within certain school mandated limitations) during the high school years. It was at this time that Tom realized that “to excel in life” he needed to prepare better than everyone else. Once he combined his fixed determination with fanatical preparation he really started to shine. Tom was perplexed by the caste system in high school. He wondered who picked the kids placed in the “Advanced Programs.” He would always say that “those kids weren’t any smarter than me; how is it that they were picked, and I wasn’t?” Sadly, the answer to that question remains unresolved.
In addition to being a good student, Tom participated in sports, lettering in both track and cross country. He was particularly proud of his time with the cross-country team. Having lost their beloved coach over a dispute between the coach and athletic department funding for the team, they were assigned a new coach who had no interest in cross country whatsoever. This team of kids took it upon themselves to train as they had been taught by their previous coach while the new coach watched. They won the team championship at the 1973 Stark County cross country meet that year. Anyone surprised? This team victory prompted their former coach to write a congratulatory letter explaining how proud he was of them. Tom kept his copy of that letter his entire life.
Tom got his first job when he was in high school, working in the local hardware store. He was a natural. His entire life he would go into every hardware store that he encountered just to see how they did things. Harbinger of future events.
In 1974 Tom entered Kent State University (Go Golden Flashes) where the restraints that bound his development were forever cast aside and he took off like a rocket. He studied Advertising/Marketing as his Major focus at Kent with courses in economics, political science and journalism for fun. Tom loved Kent and returned there frequently during subsequent years. In the spring of his freshmen year Tom was invited to join the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He was over the moon happy!! Tom loved being a Delt and they loved him. He was twice elected Chapter President while at Kent. To his last day Tom was a very proud Delt and his fraternity brothers have been some of his closest friends. To continue the theme Tom also worked at the Kent Hardware while he was in school because he just didn’t have quite enough on his plate. He graduated from Kent State University in March 1979 with a job in hand; no small achievement for the times.
Additional schooling includes the following:
· Executive MBA, Spanish and Economics at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
· MBA International Business, French and Economics at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.
· Business in English, Neutral Spanish, French and German at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France
Tom spent 2 years working for Proctor and Gamble in Indiana and Ohio. During this time he met and married his first wife Carla in Cleveland. After his time with P&G Tom spent 17 years with Clorox who moved him to Oakland, California. He fell in love with California and always said that once he stopped working that’s where he would choose to live. While with Clorox Tom lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Toronto. Tom’s first marriage ended while he was living in the Los Angeles area.
Toronto is where Tom met his second wife Maura and he was smitten. Tom and Maura were married once they were able to get all the paperwork sorted out and Maura was granted US citizenship. That’s another ridiculous story that we just don’t have time to describe.
After Clorox Tom worked for a number of firms, which caused the two of them to move frequently. During these years Tom and Maura lived in Portland, Oregon with brief stays in several other locations including New York City, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. However, they always kept the house in Portland because that was HOME.
Tom’s career ascended the corporate ladder to Vice President at Group SEB, a French firm and finally as CEO / COO for North America at Brita GmbH – MAVEA LLC located in Hessen, Germany. How did he achieve so much in his time? We would remind our plucky readers about the combination of his fixed determination and his fanatical obsession with preparation. Anyone who worked with him witnessed this firsthand.
While working at MAVEA Tom had the opportunity to visit his mother’s ancestral home Schloss Nauses, Hochst IM Odenwald, Germany. He treasured the opportunity to visit the old homestead that is used as a restaurant and pub today.
Tom made hundreds of friends throughout his working life and would talk about his work friends like they were family. Tom often talked about two fellows he’s recently worked with at MAVEA who grew up in East Germany before reunification. He was fascinated by their perspectives because they are so very different from his having grown up on Milmont Street, in Massillon, Ohio.
Tom was a life-long Browns and Indians fan. He and his brother shared two season tickets to Browns games during the Sipe/Newsome years. He lamented the name change from Indians to Guardians as well as the retirement of Chief Wahoo, but in his heart he knew the time had come. He personally supported a name change to Ghoulardians (you need to be from Cleveland to get this), but that didn’t make the short list.
His two favorite places on earth were Cannon beach, Oregon and Lake Clear in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario. These were places that he and Maura would retreat to when the craziness of life grew too loud.
Tom was a great brother!! He was helpful, encouraging, generous, and caring. Our family has a giant hole permanently carved into it that we all must find some way to heal. His marriage to Maura was a positive turning point in his life and brought a blessing to the rest of the family through the joining of the Hose and Helferty Families.
There are very few people like Tom; someone who worked so hard and accomplished so much yet remained kind and down to earth. He never lost sight of what he cared about most, and consistently brought smiles and endless inspiration to those around him. He will never be forgotten by those who had the pleasure of knowing him and enjoying his company. Unbelievably strong of will and kind of heart, he’s the type of person to which everyone should aspire.
Maura has received so many condolences wishes from near and far–all attesting to some story of how Tom had an influence on them at some point in their lives. We are not surprised as Tom could talk to anyone and find something encouraging to say and to make the person feel heard and understood. It was his gift to all who got to know him.
Tom leaves behind his beloved Maura, her mother Mary Helferty, and Maura’s three sisters Kathy, Molly (her husband Ron Currie) and Martha Jane; his sister Mary Ann Tarzan (her husband Lazar) and nephew Brian Schweizer (his wife Lauren and daughters Taylor and Leah); his brother Dave (his wife Barbara Silko) and niece Jessica Hose; and the thousands of surviving people whose lives he touched during his time on Earth.
Cremation has taken place per Tom’s wishes. A private memorial service will be held later. The family welcomes donations in Tom’s name to the American Cancer Society or charities that support Multiple Sclerosis research.
Thank you so much for your time. We hope Tom’s story triggered memories that brought you smiles as well as tears. We welcome you to leave your memories of Tom below.
Please use the link below to see 'Tom Hose Life Story' with pictures.
I had the pleasure to work under Tom at Mavea. He was a true leader…kind, compassionate and wicked smart. I admired his love and dedication to his family and Maura….he shared endless stories. True solemates. Although we only worked a short time together we kept in touch and I am honored to have called him my friend. My deepest sympathy to Maura and Tom's family.
Kristin Affatato Dec 6 2021 12:24 PM
I met Tom at the Delt house at Kent State. He was a great fraternity brother and I have very fond memories of him. He visited me when I worked in Connecticut and we visited Martha's vineyard way back around 1980. Sorry to hear he has passed. A great guy to have a drink with.
Mike Schuh Dec 2 2021 2:38 PM
Spent 4 years in home room with Tom Sorry to see him go. Ran track with him also. Sorry for your loss
Terrance Hale Nov 27 2021 9:50 AM
Thanks for a great read. I never saw Tom again after we graduated but always remembered him from classes we had together. as I recall, he appeared in a classic yearbook photo with his fellow Harriers. I never knew that story of the coach leaving and the team training themselves and winning the championship. Also classic. Rest in Peace, Tom.
Mark Belden Nov 27 2021 12:36 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Hose
The Knutson family Nov 26 2021 11:48 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Hose
Jennifer A Gabriel (Aucoin) Nov 24 2021 12:22 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Hose
Alex Nov 24 2021 10:58 AM
To great memories of my high school days with Tom. Cheers! May he rest in peace.
Bob Zwick Nov 21 2021 4:15 AM
My memories go back to when they were \'wild and crazy guys\' at the start of adulthood. Tom never lost that zest for life. RIP
Monica (& Dan) Nov 18 2021 7:57 PM
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