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Thomas E. Bickford

Tom Bickford, 89, passed away November 6, 2018. Tom was born in Newtown, MA, on May 22, 1929. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1957 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and attended Ohio State University, ‘60-’69, in the MBA program. He retired from Burgess & Niple Engineering in ’95, and EMH&T in ‘98 as the Director of HR. Other employments included years with Esso in the Merchant Marine and Columbia Gas of Ohio.

Preceded in death by mother Mabel, father Edward, brothers Eddie, Chester, Melvin, Nahum, and Robert, sister Lillian, first wife Edna, and sisters-in-law Ethel Leather and Betty Bickford.

Survived by wife of 27 years Carolyn Lowry Drugan Bickford; son Douglas (Rose) Bickford and daughter Linda Bickford; sister Mabel Legasse; grandchildren Andrew and Monica Bickford; sister-in-law Joanne (Don) Vickrey; step-daughters Angela (Ron) Koehler, Regina (Jim) Mayle, and Lisa Drugan. Step-grandchildren Kevin and Nicholas Mayle, Christopher (Cassie) Koehler, and great grandchildren Chloe and Caitie Koehler.

Many nephews and nieces: Thomas (Kathy) Bickford, Christine Fredette, Roger Bickford, Wayne (Maureen) Bickford, Sandra (Charlie) McGonagle, Dan Bickford, Kelly Bickford, Anita (Dave) Turvey, Peter (Joyce) Bickford, Brian Legasse, Steve (Janis) Leather, and Dave Leather.

Visitation will be held from 10-11:30 AM at Atonement Lutheran Church (1621 Francisco Rd, Columbus, OH 43220) on Saturday, Nov. 17, followed by the memorial service at 11:30. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Project Vote Smart at in the interest of improving the political process.  Please visit to leave the family an online condolence.

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  • sandra K. overturf says:

    Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers for you and your family.
    Sandy Overturf
    Dublin City Schools
    Bus driver.

  • Gary Termeer says:

    Carolyn, I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you. Sorry, I didn’t make it to the church today. My mobility is limited and I was concerned about the cold. I will give you a few weeks and call to see if you would like to meet for coffee or whatever. We can discuss our losses.

  • Alexis Murray says:

    Dear Carolyn,
    You are such a dear friend and today my heart grieves with you over the loss of Tom, your kind and loving husband.
    Bob, Dawn and I extend our deepest sympathy
    And God grant you peace in the days ahead.
    I always enjoyed talking with Tom and he will be missed.
    Love and Prayers

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