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Donegal loses longtime coach Bernie Thome

Donegal lost a longtime teacher and coach on May 8. Bernard A. Thome was 81 when he passed away at his home at Brethren Village, Lititz, PA, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Bernie attended Milton Grove Elementary School, Mount Joy High School, and was in the first graduating class of Donegal High School in 1955. He graduated from Elizabethtown College with his bachelor's degree in 1959, went on to get his master's degree from Millersville University and also attended Penn State University.

While at Elizabethtown College, he co-anchored the Cross Country Teams in 1957 and 1958 and ran in the Middle Atlantic States Cross Country in 1958.

He was a high school mathematics and computer science teacher, co-coached high school soccer, track and field, and Jr. High basketball. He also co-coached the Lancaster County All Star Soccer team that played against teams in the European countries of England, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

He was a member of the Elizabethtown College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Donegal High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bernie retired from teaching and coaching in 1993, after having taught at Bethel High School for four years and teaching and coaching at Donegal High School for another 30 years.

Following retirement, Bernie devoted his time doing correspondence work that related to former students, former athletes, church personnel, missionaries and relatives and friends throughout the United States and overseas.

His life impacted many lives through his teaching and coaching career, and his correspondences. Bernie's will is that each one of you simply remember him in your own heart, in your own way. Peace and God's blessings to ALL.

Following Bernie's wishes, there were no services and public interment.To send online condolences, please visit: