On March 5, 2018, Tommy Seibert, Sr. passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer. Tommy was born September 27, 1946 in Somerset PA to Clarence and Elizabeth Seibert (pre-deceased). They moved to Hyattsville MD, where he attended Lewisdale Elementary, Mt. Rainier Jr. High School, and Northwestern H.S., playing on various baseball and football teams. One of his favorite classes was wood shop, so even then he loved working with his hands.
Little known fact was that Tommy came from a musical family. His mother played piano and his father played the mandolin, guitar, banjo and drums. His parents often played at church socials, as well as for fun at family gatherings. Tommy took piano lessons for six years while in school and was beginning to learn classical music, but really preferred playing boogie woogie. His Mom said that his music teacher cried when Tommy chose to stop taking lessons. Music is a trait his son has continued to follow, as a drummer in a band.
Beginning at 12 yrs. old through most of his life, he enjoyed racing karts (Sprint and Enduro). He was a member of Competition Cart Club, Woodbridge Kart Club, and World Karting Association (WKA). His kart racing took him to different states/tracks such as Summit Point, W VA, Rockingham and Charlotte, NC, Delaware, New York, and Daytona, FL.
Always mechanically inclined, Tommy first began working at 14 at a service station pumping gas and other related auto services. With the money he saved, he bought a 1954 Chevy for a few hundred dollars. Later, a 1962 Chevy Bel Air then onto Chevy trucks - he always liked Chevrolet and Dodge vehicles. He raced NHRA Stock Class with a 1955 Chevrolet, which in his latter years, got his son interested in drag racing as well. He was always willing to help his fellow racers with any automotive issues whenever possible, and enjoyed watching and talking about anything and everything car related.
After high school graduation, he worked for Chevrolet and Dodge dealerships, and was made a supervisor, but gave it up after a year, since he preferred working with his hands over wearing a shirt and tie job. He also took and passed all 10 tests to be an ASE certified mechanic in 1974.
Later he and a friend from high school went into business for several years servicing restaurant filters. Afterwards, Tommy worked for Seven Springs Apartment Complex as a punch-out supervisor until his retirement. He loved spending time with his family, celebrating birthdays, holidays, and always ready to lend a helping hand. Though Tommy was a quiet and reserved man, he was a true friend to many, and will surely be missed.
Tommy is survived by his son, Tommy Seibert, Jr. (Melissa), grandchildren (Taylor, Hannah, and Ryan), and great-grandchildren (Noah and Hunter), former spouse and good friend, Ida Seibert.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1-3 pm at 14403 Greenview Dr., Laurel MD. Memorials may be made in Tommy’s memory to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation www.themmrf.org . Feel free to sign the online guestbook.