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Thomas J. Rice, III

April 2, 1941 ~ September 12, 2020 (age 79)


On September 12, 2020, Thomas J. Rice, III, died at home in Bel Air, MD with family, after five years with Bladder Cancer. Time was spent with family, friends & his loving wife, Sue Scherer Rice, as well as traveling together in the US and abroad.

Tom was born in Baltimore on April 2, 1941, to Thomas J. Rice, Jr., and Angela Thieman Rice. He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic and attended Johns Hopkins University, studying civil engineering.  Tom worked in civil engineering for 50 years, excelling in certain areas of land development of commercial and residential properties. He worked for several firms, including Whitman Requardt, Matz Childs, The Rouse Company, KCI and ended his career at Century Engineering working with many good friends.  He always enjoyed his work. 

He loved boating on the Chesapeake Bay for many years with his wife, many friends and family. Tom golfed with friends in MD and enjoyed trips to Berkeley Springs, WVA and Myrtle Beach. He and his wife have been supporters of environmental issues including clean water, land preservation, as well as social justice issues. Tom’s healthcare was seriously impacted by the mismanagement of the Pandemic. As a former member of the Naval Reserve, he was deeply offended by the Commander in Chief calling members of the military suckers and losers. He wanted to vote for a man who is a patriot and loves America. He is hoping you will do it for him. 

Tom is also survived by his loving daughter Debra Patton and husband, Brendan, and grandson Andrew Patton, all of Darlington. Grandchildren Colleen Patton, Annabelle Rice and Thomas J. Rice, V and daughter in law, Karen Rice, all of Colorado and his brother Robert F. Rice of Baltimore. Also survived by twelve nieces and nephews, two great nephews and many in laws and cousins all of whom he shared very close relationships. 

He was predeceased by his son, Thomas J. Rice, IV and his parents. 

No flowers, please. Donations to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Gilchrist Hospice, or Joe Biden For President campaign. Services private. 


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