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“Sending huge ge hugs and love to the whole family. Tom, or Mr. Bliss, as I referred to him, was a smart, wise, and loving man. Kelly and I are...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Wendy Lee Austin - Framingham, MA

“Tom, We never got to go on our last cruise. You were struck down just before we were to depart for Maine. I miss all the wonderful TAYC cruises we...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Charlie Webb - Charleston, SC

“All our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time, and may you find peace. Tom was a great friend and he will be sorely missed. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Robert and Claudia Wood - NC

“Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Simone Taylor

Once a Marine, Always a Marine. “Whenever I become aware that another Marine has answered his last muster, I am reminded by words in our Marines' Hymn that tells us, the streets of...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Another Marine - Summerville, SC

“I was greatly saddened to hear of Tom's passing. He was absolutely one of my favorite alums from Kent School as well as one of my favorite all time...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Pucky Lippincott - Friend

“Dear members of the Bliss family, Please accept my condolences for the loss of Tom. I got to know in recent years and was always one of the most...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Mihael Trouche

“Tom was at the top of his game aboard "Highlander." I enjoyed his camraderie while crewing for him couple of times on long trips up North. Semper Fi...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Bill Prewitt - Friend

“Patricia, Georgina, Rick, Charlie, James and Isabelle: My sincerest condolences on the passing of Tom, what a wonderful and happy man. I didn't know...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: m - HAGERSTOWN, MD

“What a fabulous person he was. Always had a smile. He was a wonderful husband and father and loved all his family. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Beth Bitler - Friend


Thomas Hooker Bliss, Sr. died in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, November 28. A
devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and good friend, Tom will be fondly remembered
for his incredible wit, good sense of humor, and gentle touch on the dance floor.

Tom Bliss was born in New York City, NY on January 6, 1938 at the then French Hospital, later
St. Vincent's in lower Manhattan to John Henry Bliss of Plainwell, MI and Claribel (Shura)
Schmitt Bliss of Douglaston Manor, NY. A consummate New Yorker, he was immensely proud of
his New York State roots. His family resided on the upper west side and eventually moved to
Ridgewood, NJ, and Washingtonville, NY. Tom attended Kent School in Connecticut, where he
developed his love for the Episcopal Church, and graduated in 1956. He attended and
graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing in 1960. He served
with the US Marine Corps, of which he was immensely proud, completing his duty in 1966. Tom
loved his alma mater and attended the Lehigh-Lafayette home football games religiously to
cheer on the "brown and white" with his longtime classmates. In 2015, he served as the grand
marshal of the LU alumni parade leading dozens of fans to Goodman stadium.

Tom opened Bliss Box Corporation in 1972 in West Chester, PA and established plants up the
Eastern seaboard between the mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas. A consummate box man, he
grew the business and sold it to Packaging Corporation of America after a successful 20 year
run. Tom's legacy continues to this day with PCA at the Hanover Container plant in Hanover, PA
where the Bliss Stitcher machine, patented by his Uncle, continues to make corrugated
containers and bears the Bliss Box logo, BBC.

Tom was devoted to community service participating on multiple boards and projects including
the YMCA of Oxford, PA, Elwyn Institute of Media, PA, and more recently Oxford Community
Center of Oxford, MD. He adored sailing and exploring the Chesapeake Bay and the Maine
coastlines where he lived and spent many vacations. He skied until the age of 79 with his
grandchildren summiting the highest slope in Beaver Creek, CO. Always up for an adventure,
Tom traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad and loved the American west,
especially northwestern Montana.

Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Bassett-Powell Bliss, their two children,
Georgina Bassett Bliss Marshall (William "Rick"), and Thomas Hooker Bliss, Jr (Lei), his six
grandchildren, Charles, James, Isabelle, Kevin, Philip, Trinity, beloved cousins, nephews and
extended family. Tom will be incredibly missed by all.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel