Thomas Kitchen

Born: Mon., Jul. 29, 1974
Died: Fri., Jul. 5, 2019


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Thomas P. Kitchen, age 44, of North East, died on
Friday, July 5, 2019. He was born to Gloria (Mose)
Kitchen and the late Willis “Fred” Kitchen.
Tom graduated Greensburg Salem High School, and
obtained a B.S. in Special Education
and an M.S. in Special Education
from Mercyhurst University.
He was currently employed as
an associate professor of Special
Education and Behavior Analysis
by Mercyhurst University. Tom
worked tirelessly throughout his
professional career to support individuals
with autism in living their
most fulfilled lives through behavior
analysis, and positively impacted many families,
professionals, and individuals with his knowledge
and expertise. Tom enjoyed photography, hockey and
playing and producing music. He played in several
bands in Erie, including his most recent project, The
Division Street Machine.
He is survived by his wife Sara Kitchen of North
East, whom he married on November 24, 2010; children,
Oliver, Lucy, and Addie; a twin sister, Amelia
Berardi (Michael) of Wellsville, N.Y.; a brother, Todd
Kitchen (Lisa) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; nieces,
Lily and Analiese; and several aunts, uncles, and
cousins.
A funeral service will be announced at a later date
by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake
Street, North East. Memorials may be made to the
family in care of the funeral home.

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Annette Bertig Wheeler
   Posted Wed July 10, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to the family of Tom Kitchen. We worked together several years ago as we both were beginning our careers in the field of autism. He was a great support to my classroom and respected by all that worked for him. You will be missed. Rest in peace, El Papito!

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