James Wallace Tomey, 75, died Friday, July 19, 2013 at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. He lived and worked in the Dover, Delaware area for most of his adult life. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janet Erdle Tomey of The Villages, Fl, daughter and son-in-law Christen Leigh and Gene Kelly, grandsons Alexander John and David James Kelly of Abingdon, Md and brother, Ronald Tomey of Lititz, Pa.
Mr. Tomey was born in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pa, he attended classes at Penn State and began his newspaper career at The Allentown Chronicle in Allentown, Pa. He came to Dover Air Force Base in Dover, De, in 1961 where he was news and make-up editor for The Airlifter. He had a long career in the newspaper and printing businesses, including publishing, advertising, circulation, printing, photography and columnist for newspapers in Delaware and Virginia. Mr. Tomey served in a variety of positions with Independent Newspapers Inc. for 22 years, including Delaware State News, Sussex County Post, Harrington Journal, DAFB Falcon. From 1971–73 he worked for Sunshine Newspapers as publisher of the Okeechobee News and The Arcadian newspapers in Florida. He also worked for H.L. Tracy Associates, Modern Press Printing, and was publisher of Family Times and Delaware Builder magazines in Delaware, and the Northern Neck News in Warsaw, Va. Many will also remember Jim from his advertising work at Price Honda and C. F. Schwartz Motors in Dover where he received Toyota and Chrysler awards for customer relations management.
Mr. Tomey retired to The Villages, Florida in 2010 where he continued his interest art projects and writing as a member of The Villages Creative Writing Club. Jim will be remembered for his sense of humor, kindness and Christian spirit, creativity, keen interest in cars and automobile design, enthusiasm for writing. singing and all things having to do with the newspaper business.
Following cremation, a service was held at the Garden Worship Center in Belleview, Florida. Donations in Jim’s honor are being accepted by his church homes: Garden Worship Center, 7655 SE 126 LN, Belleview, Fl 34420 or Greater Love Temple, 987 Bay Rd, Milford, DE.