To the Editor:
Recently I observed with interest the current Cumberland mayor and city council recognizing former mayors and council members at an open house at City Hall. I say to Mayor (Brian) Grim, “what a nice gesture.” Over the years I have seen many mayors and city council members come and go, some thankfully. However, one stands above all the rest, and that great man is former Cumberland Mayor Thomas F. Conlon Sr.
I have known Tom for several decades. He is the godfather of my youngest son, Simon. He served as the 1992 vice president of the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization. These are just some of the personal ways I have known Tom over the years.
Tom was mayor of Cumberland two terms from 1996-74. He was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1962, a year before I was born. Tom has an outstanding military record, a member of the Special Forces U.S. Airborne, Reserve Green Beret, and an outstanding American patriot, a member of the Allegany Preservation Society and a long-standing member of the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization, and a devout Roman Catholic.
Over the many years I have known Tom I have admired his great knowledge of history, politics from the national scene to the local level, and his wonderful insight and clarity even at 89 years of age.
He is a great family man, stayed permanently married to his dear late wife Gertrude, who died 10 years ago, and never added his number to the billions of American divorces. That’s making a statement. Period.
It is a great honor to have Mr. Tom Conlon as a true friend and a member of the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization, where we are both very active. Thank you, Tom, for serving this area as a true faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Edward W. Taylor Jr.
President, Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization, Inc