NORTH KINGSVILLE — Thomas F. Bishop, age 67, of North Kingsville, Ohio, passed away Tuesday morning, April 8, 2014, after a year long battle with cancer at his home, being cared for by his daughter, Diane and son-in-law, Nikk.
Born Oct. 27, 1946, in Conneaut, Ohio, he was the son of William L. and Charlotte (Steele) Bishop. Thomas graduated from Conneaut High School in 1965, and had attended Kent State University Ashtabula until 1968.
Thomas worked at a dispatcher at the Ashtabula post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol from 1968 until he graduated as a Trooper on Sept. 12, 1969. He was stationed at the Portage County post until the end of 1971. He worked at the Portage County Sheriff's Department from 1973 until 1977, holding the positions of Road Deputy, Road Sergeant, and Detective Sergeant. He was a Patrolman for the North Kingsville Police Department from February 1978 until June 1979, and then continued his duties with the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department from June 1979 until June 1994. He had been the Road Deputy until 1981, Road Sergeant until 1993, Sergeant, Assistant Warden until 1985, Lieutenant, Jail administrator from 1985 until 1993. After 3 back surgeries, Thomas retired in June, 1994.
He was a member of the Amboy United Methodist Church, and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #114. He enjoyed watching Browns football, reading newspapers, helping others and being with his family.
Survivors include his daughters, Linda J. (Shane) Pollard of Phoenix, Ariz., and Diane V. (Nikk) Reed of North Kingsville; grandchildren, Alexandria Webb of Oxford, Ohio, Anthony Henderson, Andrew Schaeffer and Alexander Pollard, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; his brothers, Robert (Earlinda) Bishop of Naples, Fla., Philip (Tina) Bishop of Austinburg and Joseph (Missy) Webb, of Geneva; and nieces, nephews and more distant relatives. Also surviving is his first wife, Darlene M. Bishop of Portage County; his loving pets; and his best friend and Spiritual Advisor, Terry Simpson of North Kingsville.