Thomas John Blumer

July 7, 1937 ~ April 21, 2018 (age 80)

We mourn the loss of Dr. Thomas John Blumer.   

Friend, Father, Grandfather, devout Catholic and Catawba Historian. 


Tom was a man who dedicated a large part of his life to a passionate study of the Catawba Native American tribe of South Carolina. He was instrumental in the revival of   Catawba pottery. 


Tom was a collector of Native American, Folk, and African art.  He was also a talented artist, painting religious icons as well as secular works.


Tom is survived by his partner and Godson, Robert PatrickSmith, his daughters, Theresa Ann Marie Blumer Sahhar; Susannah June Marie Blumer Pangelinan; Mary Margaret Guadalupe Blumer Chargois; and John Jacob Robert Lee Blumer, thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren, as well as his faithful dog Dalilah.  


We shall miss Tom’s voice, his laugh, and his charm.  He was truly a fun and unique man.


Memorial donations may be made in Tom’s honor to the University Libraries TAP fund, USC Foundations, 1027 Barnwell St. Columbia, SC 29208 


Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM

St. Joseph Catholic Church

3512 Devine Street

Columbia, SC 29205

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