Thomas Harold Biggar passed away peacefully with his
loving family by his side on Tuesday, August 3, 2021
while under Hospice Care at Joanne's House in Bonita
Springs, Florida. He was 75 years old.
Tom was born on August 23, 1945 in Scranton,
Pennsylvania, the proud son to Melba V. (Hoover) and
Thomas M. Biggar. He grew up in Old Forge, Pennsylvania
and graduated from Old Forge High School in 1963,
following which he enlisted in the United States Navy.
Tom served in the Navy as an Air Crewman in Patrol
Squadron 24 for four years and achieved the rank of
ADJ-3 before being honorably discharged. Upon concluding
his military service, Tom enrolled at the Pennsylvania
State Police Academy in Hershey, Pennsylvania and
graduated in November, 1968 and was thereafter sworn
into the department as a State Trooper, proudly serving
for 23 years until his retirement in 1991.
Tom married Deborah A. (McDonald) Hoover on Christmas
Day in 1995 and the couple enjoyed a happy marriage for
over 25 years. Tom was also a man of faith and was an
active member of the United Methodist Church. He was a
lifelong fan of Penn State Football, proudly and often
wearing the team colors of blue and white. Tom was also
an avid handyman who enjoyed traveling, golfing and
riding on patrol in his golf cart during retirement.
Throughout his life Tom was an avid outdoorsman who
especially enjoyed time spent hunting and fishing. Most
of all, however, he cherished his family and treasured
the time he spent with his wife, children and
Sadly, Tom was preceded in death by his parents Thomas
M. and Melba V. Biggar.
Tom is survived by his loving wife Deborah of Fort
Myers, Florida; his sons Thomas Biggar (Kellee) of
Olney, Maryland and Chad Biggar (Tacy) of Danville,
Pennsylvania; his stepsons Joshua Hoover of Chandler,
Arizona and Nicolas Hoover of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; his sisters Bobbye Biggar Evans of Taylor,
Pennsylvania and Nancy Biggar Fray of Winston-Salem,
North Carolina; grandchildren Thomas V. Biggar, Sydney
E. Biggar and Abby J. Biggar all of Olney, Maryland. Tom
also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, numerous
extended family members and countless others who were
proud to call him a friend.
A Funeral Service for Tom will be celebrated by Pastor
Dennis Lewis of Faith United Methodist Church at 3:00 PM
on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 inside the Chapel at Fort
Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial
Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907, (239) 936-0555.
Guests will be received for Visitation for two hours
preceding this service beginning at 1:00 PM also inside
the funeral home chapel. At the conclusion of these
ceremonies, Military Honors for Tom will be rendered by
the United States Navy Honor Guard.
Tom had two requests for his memorial service and the
family requests your assistance in honoring these final
wishes. First, please attend his service wearing your
Penn State fan clothing or dress in the team colors of
blue and white. Second, in lieu of sending flowers,
please instead make a donation in his memory to the
American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City,
August 5, 2021.
Tom was the husband of Deborah A. McDonald the daughter
of Joan McColgan and Joseph McDonald of Dushore,
Pennsylvania; granddaughter of John and Marie Becht
McColgan Jr. of Philadelphia and Dushore;
John and Mary Jane Tinneny McColgan Sr.
Greenock, Scotland and Pennsauken, New Jersey and
of Goladuff, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, Northern
Ireland, Greenock, Scotland and Philadelphia and his
wife Margaret Malloy.