Alleva Funeral Home, Inc.

1724 East Lancaster Ave, Paoli, PA


Thomas D. Griesser

October 31, 1961September 7, 2020

Thomas David Griesser On September 7, 2020, loving husband and father, passed away suddenly at age 58 in Elverson, PA.

Born on October 31, 1961 in Detroit, MI to David John Griesser and Suzanne (Hineline) Griesser, and is predeceased by his father David. He is survived by his mother and three siblings; Theresa Smaling (John), Tim Griesser (Missy), and Ted Griesser. The oldest of four, Tom soon showed his high intelligence and mechanical ability at an early age. His love of machinery and engineering lasted a lifetime: from taking apart machines as a toddler, to fixing up his first car - a red ‘67 Chevelle (with lots of body putty) - to gathering as many antique machines possible, and flying RC airplanes. Tom’s intelligence and encyclopedic knowledge of just about every subject amazed many. A 1979 graduate of Great Valley High School, his love of engineering steered him to a full scholarship at Lincoln Technical Institute where he received a degree in Specialized Technology. Recruited by Commodore Computers he rose quickly to the job of Product Engineer, helping to design/build a specialized lab. After Commodore closed, he moved onto various IT positions before landing at Chester County Hospital where he designed a server room. While working, he attended Alvernia College earning a BS in Computer Science with a minor in business. Penn Medicine and Chester County joined forces and Tom was invited to become the Director of Infrastructure Operations at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. As a father, he became a Boy Scout leader for Troop 140, serving for 10 years as Assistant Scoutmaster and Committee Member making many memorable contributions to the meetings and trips. It was one of his proudest moments when his son Eric made Eagle Scout. His fondest memories were of his trips to Philmont and Sea Base, and the many camping exploits. In his spare time he volunteered at the Rough & Tumble Museum as a Machinist in the Line Shaft Machine Works, giving demonstrations to the public. As a member of the Exeter RC Eagles he spent weekends flying RC airplanes. One of his recent joys was matching wits with his daughter Anna. He will be missed by his devoted wife of 30 years, Lois (Liz) Griesser, their 2 children, Eric and Annaliese, and by his many loyal friends and co-workers. A private funeral service will be held at Alleva Funeral Home in Paoli, PA. Attendance is limited due to COVID-19. He will be honored at a later date with a gathering at Rough & Tumble Museum in Kinzers, PA. Donations in his honor may be sent to Rough & Tumble Museum, Kinzers, PA www.roughandtumble.org


  • Services will take place via live stream on Facebook on Friday September 11, 2020 at 11AM

    Friday, September 11, 2020



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Mike Lochocki

September 13, 2020

Liz, my prayers and sympathy are with you, Eric and Annaliese. Tom was a great guy, we met while working at Synexus and formed an instant friendship. I will always have great memories of how much fun we had working together, driving RC trucks and shooting. Rest in peace brother Tom. Sincerely, Mike Lochocki

Paul Maurer

September 10, 2020

I first met Tom through scouting where our sons were in the same troop. Later I had the pleasure of working with him at PennMedicine on the IS team. I enjoyed talking to Tom about his mechanical projects and restorations. He always seemed to have several projects going and would light up when he could talk about them and explain the latest details of each. I'd be excited if I completed a brake job, whereas Tom overhauled whole cars!

Sincere condolences to the family on a loss much too soon. Tom was a gentle soul and gifted person. I hope your many memories and the memories of others provide some comfort in this difficult time. Take Care.

Marilyn Sarno

September 10, 2020

Our Deepest Sympathies and prayers for your loss.

Edward and Marilyn Sarno and family.

John Donohue

September 9, 2020

I first met Tom in 1999 and it did not take long to establish a friendship that lasted over 20 years. Tom's ability to speak in detail about a wide array of topics always impressed me, but most of all he will be remembered by me as a good man and a good friend. Tom had an incredibly positive outlook and always had time to help others. My sincerest condolences to the Griesser family.

Christine Ficca

September 9, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Griesser family. Tom was a great influence on our son in Boy Scouts. Keeping Liz, Eric, and Annaleise in our prayers. The Ficca Family

Mike Kraynyak

September 9, 2020

A really great guy, and a very good friend, who was always willing to help out a fellow RC Flyer. It was a privilege knowing you even for a short time. May God bless and comfort your family.

Mike Kraynyak
Exeter RC Eagles

Joy Winner

September 9, 2020

Tom was a very nice man. I worked in another building than he did, but I met him at a few functions that the IS Department had. Deepest Sympathies to you and your family.

Stephen Scrivner

September 9, 2020

Tom was a wonderful person to work with, always willing to help, always had a smile on his face and an interesting story to tell. I particularly enjoyed him showing photographs of his antique machinery restoration projects.. amazing efforts, by clearly an amazingly talented guy. Tom will be missed. My sincere condolences go out to Tom's family.


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