Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 12, 2013

Mr. Thomas J. Oatman, 51

Andover — Mr. Thomas J. Oatman, 51, a resident of Andover for the past 12 years, and formerly of Medford, died suddenly at his home on Thursday, December 5, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Lee-Ann (Mitchell) Oatman.

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on February 12, 1962, Mr. Oatman was the beloved son of the late William G. and Patricia A. (Macosko) Oatman. Tom was a graduate of Wentworth Institute and was employed by American Science and Engineering in Billerica as a manager software test engineer for the past seven years.

In his spare time, Tom enjoyed playing golf and fly fishing. He also enjoyed playing poker with his friends. Above all, Tom enjoyed being involved with his son, Jonathan. He was a Pack 79 Cub Scout Den Leader in Andover. He loved to take Jonathan to Home Depot to do projects and to take him fishing and skiing as well.

Besides his beloved wife, Lee-Ann and son, Jonathan, Tom will be very missed by his loving siblings; William “Bill” and his wife, Carolyn Oatman of Rochester, N.Y., Cynthia and her husband, Gary Messina of Derry, N.H.,, Mark and his wife, Luann Oatman of Blandon, Penn., and Lisa Ruskie of Wake Forest, N.C.; brother-in-law, Tim and his wife, Pam Mitchell of North Granby, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother-in-law of the late Fred Ruskie.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 198 Haggett’s Pond Road, Andover, on Tuesday, December 10, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends were welcomed. Calling hours were held on Monday, December 9, from 4 to 8 p.m., at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment will be held in the West Parish Garden Cemetery in Andover.

Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to the Jonathan Oatman Education Fund, c/o Lee-Ann Oatman, 126 Bellevue Road, Andover, MA 01810. For additional information, please visit