Thomas Patrick “Tommy” Oswald, a software sales executive remembered for his selfless personality and personal courage, died May 28 at his Homeland residence. He was 25 years old.

In 2021, Mr. Oswald was diagnosed with the rare pediatric bone cancer, Ewing’s sarcoma, a disease that affects young adults and children.

“Tommy leaves a legacy of courage and good deeds,” said Dr. Aaron Rapoport, a physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Born in Baltimore and raised on St. Dunstans Road in Homeland, he was the son of Christopher T. Oswald and Jeanne M. McDonough.

He attended St. Pius X School on York Road and played basketball, soccer and baseball. Mr. Oswald was a 2015 graduate of Loyola Blakefield. He played lacrosse and received the school’s Loyola Alumni Award, given to the senior “most distinguished for academic spirit, leadership, and academic excellence”.

“Tommy was genuinely good and was genuinely kind,” said Anthony Day, president of Loyola Blakefield. “He was a selfless young man.”

Childhood friend David Gately Jr. said, “Tommy was loyal and caring. He had a lot of energy and was funny. He was a master conversationalist. He was good at moving in place and being able to talk to people. Even at the height of his cancer, when he was fighting for his own life, he sat there and asked me questions about my life. It was inspiring to be there for others.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Towson University. While at school, he was named a presidential ambassador and was one of 20 students who assisted the university president in philanthropic and fundraising events. He was a member and past president of the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

“Tommy had a gregarious personality, positivity and enthusiasm for life extended to his family and many cherished friends in shared life experiences and memories,” his father said. “Tommy was a collector of relationships and friendships in life, young and old.

While in high school, Mr. Oswald became an advocate for the Claire Marie Foundation, a Baltimore-based charity that raises awareness and provides education to prevent melanoma in teens and young adults. The foundation is named after Claire Wagonhurst, a senior at Notre Dame Preparatory School who died in 2014.

“Tommy was a remarkable young man who came forward and became involved with me and my husband, Rocky, shortly after our daughter died,” Marianne Banister said. “He was one of the main organizers of a dance-a-thon, Moves for Claire, when he was a senior at Loyola. He and others raised $24,000 to help start our foundation. He connected intensely with our organization and later was diagnosed with cancer himself.

She said he was made an ambassador for her organization and worked to prevent melanoma on the University of Towson campus while a student there.

“I loved this young man. He touched so many people with his kindness. Everyone wanted to be around Tommy,” Ms. Bannister said. “After college, he remained active on the Junior Board of the Claire Marie Foundation.”

A former neighbor, Tom Marechek, recalled Mr. Oswald: “He was a caring and respectable child. He was a mature young man and my sons asked to have him as a babysitter. … He was someone we could always trust.

While in college, he interned for the Baltimore Orioles. Later, he worked for the MassMutual-Thompson financial group and became a government sales representative at Carahsoft.

Mr. Oswald moved to Savannah, Georgia, in 2021, then settled in Charleston, South Carolina. He was an account manager at Workiva, a software company that manages and analyzes business data, and won sales awards in his field.

“Tommy was a good problem solver and that good in him also turned out to be good at business. He listened to you and had empathy,” his friend Mr Gately said.

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Mr. Oswald was an Orioles and Ravens fan. He was an outfielder for the Swallow softball team in Hollow and a basketball coach for St. Pius X.

He golfed at Pine Ridge, Fox Hollow and Clifton Park. He also played the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and later told friends it was the best course he had ever played.

After his diagnosis, Mr. Oswald was treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was a patient of doctors Aaron Seener and Aaron Rapoport.

Dr Rapoport said: “He was a hero to me because he accepted this difficult diagnosis and embraced the treatments and healing possibilities with energy, enthusiasm and enthusiasm. He worked from many setbacks.

“When people in rehab told him he couldn’t walk, he came back, all uplifting and optimistic. We had collected stem cells for treatment for him, but he didn’t respond to any questions. other therapies Tommy was truly one of the bravest young men I have ever met.

Survivors include his parents, Christopher T. Oswald, executive vice president of Farmers & Merchants Bank, and Jeanne M. McDonough, buying agent for Aumen Asner Interior Design; one brother, Alex Smith of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; one sister, Kelly Oswald of Baltimore; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 17 at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home at 1050 York Road. A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 18 at Knott Hall at Loyola Blakefield at 500 Chestnut Ave. A reception will follow.