Thomas G. “Tom” Bishop

April 18, 1923 ‒ June 25, 2020

Dunedin, Florida
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Thomas G. Bishop, 97, of Dunedin FL, and formerly of Mount Gilead, OH, passed into eternity on Thursday, June 25, 2020, his wife Dot, of 65 years, at his side.  Tom was born April 18, 1923 to Lt Col Joseph H. and Esther (Murphy) Bishop in Belleville, IL.  When Tom was a teenager they were stationed in the Philippines where he had his first sailboat.  After graduation from Salt Lake City High School, Tom served his country during WW2, commanding a machine gun battalion on the front in Northern Italy. His father, also serving in Italy, borrowed the general’s car one day and picked up his son so they could spend the day together.  After the war, Tom received his degree in mechanical engineering at The University of Cincinnati, where he was a member of the Triangle Fraternity.  He began working for HPM in Mt. Gilead, OH after graduation.  As a salesman in training, he was sent to the NYC office to train under Carl Ziegfeld, who invited Tom to his home for dinner.  There he met Dorothy Ziegfeld whom he married in November of 1953.  Tom and Dot moved to Mt. Gilead where they raised their family, Susan (Billy) Travis, Jean (Andy) Ault, and Brian (Cindy) Bishop.  Tom spent his entire career working for HPM.   Well known in the field of plastics, Tom was awarded several patents for his innovative work.  At the time of his retirement in 1988, he was Vice President of Sales and Engineering. Tom was a Kiwanis, a member of the Presbyterian Church and served 12 years on the Morrow County Hospital Board.  He enjoyed playing bridge, golf and having coffee with the downtown businessmen, but his real love was sailing.  After retirement, Tom and Dot spent many years summering in Mt. Gilead and sailing on Lake Erie and the winter in Dunedin, FL.  They moved to Florida full time in 2016.   Tom is survived by his son and daughters, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  In his later years, Tom’s greatest love was spending time with family, especially his wife, Dot. In lieu of flowers, donations to Seasons Hospice ( would be appreciated.

Services honoring Tom’s life will be observed privately by his family.  Burial will take place at a later date in Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to assist with the local arrangements for Tom’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Jean and family,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your father sounds like he had a wonderfully exciting and beautiful life. Imagine the joy and beauty God has for him now.
    “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight “ – Khalil Gibran

  • Jean, I’m so sorry for your loss. I will never forget our week on their boat at lake Erie with Lori, Jan, you and me. My favorite memory was when Tom dropped the boat brush into the lake and he says “Jean, jump into the water and find my brush.” Of course you didn’t, because the brush was long gone but I loved your face at his request. It was one of the best weeks ever and it was due to the generosity of your wonderful parents. Thanks for allowing me to be a small part of your life. I love you and will be praying for peace for you all.

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Please know we will keep your family in our prayers.
    Randy & Georgena Hord

  • Hi Jean,
    So sorry to hear about your dad. I will always remember the fun times on the boat with your folks. He had high expectations of you and your friends keeping it safe, jokingly of course I think.). “Jean, get yourself between the dock and the boat so it wont scratch it.”

  • Our hearts are saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. Our prayers are with Dot and the family. May loving memories help strengthen you during this difficult time. ❤️

  • Praying for everyone in the Bishop family. So thankful for the memories over the years. Prayerfully, Jan

  • Jean,
    I want to pass on our family’s condolences at the loss of your dad. He was an amazing man and father to you, and the entire Bishop clan. I know he will truly be missed and hope all of you will take heart in all the wonderful memories you shared.

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Wish you peace.

  • Brian and family I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Prayers to you all

  • Jean, and family, thinking of you and remembering how important your family was and Am sure the many good times you shared will be comforting during this difficult time. I imagine you are humming one of his favorite
    hymns and know he is at peace. Share my sympathy with your mother…..and the family. It is hard losing your parents I believe because we were blessed with the best. Marilyn Davis

  • Brian and Cindy,
    Hugs to you both and the family at your dad’s passing. What an incredible life he led! Cherish those memories and know we are all lifting you up with prayers.
    Roberta and Kirk

  • Dot and family, we are sorry for you loss. I enjoyed knowing Tom when I worked at HPM then later when I worked at the Chamber. Hold on the all the good memories the Lord has given you.

  • Dot, Susan, Jean, and Brian. So sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. I remember him as a good man who will be remembered and missed by many.

  • Mrs. Bishop, Susan, Jean, Brian and families: So sorry to hear of Mr. Bishop’s death. I know what a complete and happy family you all are. He will be missed. Prayers to all of you in the days to come.

  • I am sorry to learn about Tom’s passing. He was a great man. You are in my prayers.

  • Dear Dot and Bishop family: we are so very sad to learn this news.
    My time growing-up in Mt. Gilead in the 1960’s and early 70’s was very special, and the Bishop Family played a key role in so many ways. Tom was a bulwark of the Presbyterian Church and the community, and his leadership of HPM for his life time was outstanding. Most of all, though, I remember Tom as a great husband to Dot and wonderful father to Susan, Jean and Brian.. You are all in our thoughts and caring prayers…….
    With Love, Roderic and Linda

  • So sorry for your loss. Another one of our HPM family gone to meet the Lord. Tom was a good man and will be greatly missed. May God bless all your family at the time of great loss.

    Judy (Rogers) DeIuliis

  • My husband and I met Tom in 2000. What a wonderful man. He asked Barry to play golf with his little group of pals and Barry had a great time with them. Tom and Dot were special folks for us to know. We met up with them a few times in Florida. Those were special times, so sorry for the loss. Blessings to the family. I lost Barry in 2017. They both loved Golf.