Thomas J. Skarda Jr.

Passed away on January 26, 2014

On January 26, 2014, Thomas James Skarda, Jr. of Bel Air passed away peacefully in his home. Devoted husband of Paula D. Skarda (nee Mertel). Beloved father of Jared Thomas Skarda and the recently departed Justin Paul Skarda. Loving “pop-pop” of Gavin Thomas Skarda. Dear father-in-law of Ann Skarda. Dear brother of Charles, Robert, and Richard Skarda. Loving brother-in-law of Paul Conrad Mertel.

Tom was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and a funeral director for 47 years. He has been serving the community of Canton for 40 years as owner of the Thomas J. Skarda Funeral Home.

Tom will have a visitation along-side his son, Justin, on Wednesday and Thursday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home. His funeral service will be celebrated with his son’s at 11AM at the funeral home. Interment will be held at a later date at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made by phone to the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center at 443-287-7953.



  • Visitation Wednesday, January 29, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 29, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, January 30, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, January 30, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 31, 2014


  • Burial

Thomas J. Skarda Jr.

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October 22, 2014

Dear Family of Tom Skarda, my condolences for the passing of Tom, a much beloved man by the Canton community, are very late, but please accept my deepest sympathy. Today, Oct 22, is when I learned that Tom had passed away in January of this year. I see in his memorial picture that he still has that same warm smile that brought comfort to all of us in Canton who lost loved ones and who looked to Tom for burial guidance. So many of my relatives who passed on were at Scarda Funeral Home for viewing. Tom was always there for us. We were blessed to have such a fine man, humble and caring, to lean on during a time of such intense sadness for us. I was privileged to know Tom, and I will always remember him. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Carolyn Green, Grasonville, MD

Anonymous Anonymous

March 5, 2014

I heard of both passing just yesterday and my heart has been very heavy. Tom was well known as a pillar of the community and always had his side kick, Justin with him. Tom was my mentor years ago and I looked up to him greatly. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for the Skarda family. Jared and Paula and Ann, I am very sorry for your loss and may you be comforted to know they are together.

Joan and Bob Lowery

January 30, 2014

Paula and Jared, Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. We can't imagine the loss and grief you are going through. You are in our hearts and prayers. May Our Lord give you strength to cope with your losses. God Bless you both.

January 29, 2014

Paula,Peace be with you and your family. Tom didn't want Justin walking through that valley by himself. Love and prayers.
Linda and J.B.

Robin Thornton

January 28, 2014

My daughter knew Justin, I can't imagine the pain and grief your family is going through. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as you face the coming days and weeks. May God bless you all and give you comfort.

David Weber

January 27, 2014

Paula and Jared.....
I cannot begin to imagine the grief that you are experiencing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Tom has been a wonderful friend for 40 years and I will miss him deeply!

Michael Craig

January 27, 2014

Jared and family...

Unimaginable to hear about not only your brother's passing, but then your father.

I have your family in my thoughts and prayers and I have spread the word to some of our colleagues at both companies. Some I understand knew your Dad.

Thinking of you and yours.