Hon. Thomas J. Fee59, district justice, former Manheim mayor

By on September 7, 2011

Hon. Thomas J. Fee

The Honorable Thomas J. Fee, 59, of Manheim, died unexpectedly of natural causes Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 at the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lititz.

Born in New Castle, he was the son of Thomas J. Fee Sr., of New Castle, and the late Lucretia Fuleno Fee. He was the loving husband of Melinda S. "Mindy" Gates Fee, with whom he would have celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Dec. 31 of this year. His first wife was the late Marilyn Isaac Fee.

Fee was elected magisterial district justice in 2008 to a six-year term, serving the Manheim, Penn and Rapho township areas. Previously, he worked for the Department of Community and Economic Development in Harrisburg. He also worked as the legislative liaison for the Pennsylvania Department of the Treasury.

In his early years, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue in Pittsburgh.

He is a former mayor of Manheim Borough.

Fee was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church in Manheim, where he served as an usher. Other memberships included: Manheim Lions Club, Manheim Touchdown Club, Prospectors Investment Club and Skullduggers Association. Tom enjoyed fishing and traveling. His passion in life was his family and friends. He was the ultimate host at his home, welcoming friends and making everyone feel they were the most important part of his life, which they were.

He was a gregarious, fun-loving person with a huge, kind heart which helped him make many friends. His famous Christmas Eve fish fries were legend.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters: Danielle M., wife of Nicholas L. DeLong, of Manheim; Abigail L. Fee, at home; a son: Ryan J. Fee, of West Chester; one granddaughter: Isabella Marilyn DeLong; four sisters: Lu Ann, wife of Thomas Kelly, of New Castle; Kathleen, wife of John Baird, of Slippery Rock; Patricia, wife of Chester Orelli, of New Castle; and Terri Lynn, wife of Emilio Posa, of Pittsburgh; a brother: and James Fee, companion of Cheryl Cavanaugh, of Hermitage.

His mass of Christian burial took place at St. James Catholic Church, Lititz, on Sept. 5, with the Rev. Francis T. Menei officiating. Interment took place in Manheim Fairview Cemetery, Penn Township.

Those desiring may send contributions in Tom’s memory to the Manheim Borough Police Department, 4 S. Wolf St., Manheim, PA 17545 or the Hope Fire Engine and Hose Company #1 of Manheim, 83 S. Main St., Manheim, PA 17545.

To send the family online condolences, visit buchfuneral.com.

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