Thomas J. Whyte, 83, of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, formerly of Fairmont and Wheeling, died at Concordia of the South Hills on Monday, (Oct 10, 2016).
He is preceded in death by Margaret Ann Whyte, his devoted wife of 60 years, a native of Weirton. Born Dec. 31, 1932, in Wheeling, to the late Katherine H. Whyte (Hack) and Frank J. Whyte, Tom was the youngest of their four children. He was a 1954 journalism graduate of the Ohio State University and married Margaret Ann in August of that year. He served his country as a Naval Officer, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Tom went on to obtain his law degree from West Virginia University School of Law in 1960, serving as executive editor to the West Virginia Law Review that year.
Together Tom and Margaret Ann raised five children, Christopher J. (Paula) Whyte of Houston, Texas, Lynn (Vincent A. Grlovich) Whyte of Washington, Pennsylvania, Kevin J. (Ellen) Whyte of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, Kathleen (Stephen P.) Eisel of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and Elizabeth (David M.) Hall, also of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania.
A dedicated husband and father, and the backbone of his family, Tom was a proud grandparent to the couple's 10 grandchildren, Evan Whyte, Ryan and Cassandra Whyte, Michael, Eric, Nicholas and Genevieve Eisel, and Kathryn, Alexandra and Brent Hall. He was also a caring uncle to his nieces and nephews. Mr. Whyte is survived by his siblings, Charles W. Whyte, Frank J. Whyte and Mary Rose McClung.
The Whytes have resided in Upper St. Clair since 1967, where they have been devout parishioners of St. Thomas More Parish and involved community residents. Mr. Whyte was a respected lawyer, a faithful Roman Catholic, a lifelong student of history and literature. He looked for and found the best in everyone he met and those of us who loved him are better people because he believed us to be.
Tom Whyte served as partner in several successful firms throughout his legal career, leaving Furbee, Hardesty, Critchfield & Whyte, in Fairmont to move to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and work for Consolidation Coal Company. During his 10 years with Consol, Tom served as general counsel and executive vice president. Following his tenure at Consol, Tom joined the Pittsburgh firm of Rose, Schmidt, Dixon, Hasley, Whyte & Hardesty, where he served as managing partner. Subsequently, Tom and several of his close colleagues formed Corcoran, Hardesty, Ewart, Whyte & Polito. Tom was generally recognized as one of the premier coal industry lawyers in the country. Tom took on several special projects in the 1980s. During that period, among other things, he was engaged as executive vice president for Purolator Courier and as special assistant to the governor of West Virginia. Since the late 1980s Tom served as counsel and senior counsel to several prestigious Pittsburgh law firms, most recently serving as senior counsel with Keevican, Weiss, Bauerle & Hirsch.
Visitors are welcome from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, Pennsylvania. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas More Church, 126 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania with a chapel service to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 2900 Washington Road, McMurray, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Thomas J. Whyte's name to Casey's Clubhouse (www.miracleleaguesouthhills.org). Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com
Published on October 12, 2016