Thomas William Bloomfield, 91 Former Farmvllle Town Manager Died Monday

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 1, 2010

SEPTEMBER 21 – Thomas William Bloomfield, 91, former Farmvllle Town Manager, died Monday, September 20, 2004.

Born in Evansville, Indiana, he was the son of the late William John and Florence Radford Bloomfield. He moved to Farmville with his family in 1918, when his father established W. J. Bloomfield & Son Plumbing and Heating.

Mr. Bloomfield graduated from Farmville High School In 1933, and attended VPI (Virginia Tech) for two years majoring in mechanical engineering. He was an executive in his father's firm until February 1941 when he joined the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant in the 116th Infantry, 29th Division. He had been a member of the National Guard since 1937.

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When Farmville's Company G was activated, the company was under command of Bloomfield and Lieutenants Carl Dickhoff, Henry Hubbard and Walter Potter, and Captain D. W. Paulette.

Mr. Bloomfield participated in a number of major engagements in World War II, including Normandy, Northern France, Rhine-land Ardennes and Central Europe. He was discharged in February 1946 as a Lt-Colonel with a bronze star among other citations.

Following the war he returned to Farmville to operate W. J. Bloomfield & Son until 1961 when he accepted the position as town manager. He retired as town manager January 1, 1978.

During his tenure as town manager Farmville experienced a period of major growth. Under his conservative guidance the town experienced a major annexation, improvements to water and sewer facilities, including a new water treatment plant, a new airport, major street construction, and expansion of town services.

He was a member of a number of community organizations and former vestryman of Johns Memorial Episcopal Church.

He is survived by a son, William Andrew Bloomfield of Asheville, NC; a daughter-in-law, Virginia Bloomfield of Fishersville; a granddaughter and her husband. Charity and Rickey Morton of Lynchburg; two brothers, Brandon Bloomfield and Jason Bloomfield both of Asheville, NC and a great-grandson, Austin Morton of Lynchburg.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Johns Memorial Episcopal Church with interment in Westvlew Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. at Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home, Farmvllle.