Losing a father is one of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through. Many fans maybe were not aware that Ed Tomlin was the father of Mike Tomlin, consequently it hits home a little bit more for everyone. All of us at SteelerAddicts.com express our deepest condolences to Coach Tomlin and his family as they deal with this tragedy.
Ed Tomlin, a longtime civil rights activist and former president of the Marion County NAACP, died suddenly on Monday. He was 63.
His son, Mike Tomlin, is the current head football coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who could not be reached for comment.
At Hampton, Tomlin majored in chemistry and later developed a chemical formula used to paint bicycle frames so they would reflect light at night. Tomlin and a friend formed their own paint business, according to Tomlin’s sister, Alice.
Ed Tomlin returned to Ocala in the mid-1990s where he worked as a business manager for various Ocala businesses, including as assistant warehouse manager at ClosetMaid.
He also soon became involved in the community.
“He had so many good qualities about him. He cared about the important things in life. His legacy will go beyond his leadership with the NAACP. He genuinely cared about young people and cared about his faith,” Jenkins said. “He was a guy that a lot of us are going to miss.”
Tomlin is survived by five sisters, a brother and two sons. Between them, he and Mazella have seven children and 16 grandchildren.