Thomas Kest, WMATA mechanic

July 5, 2012

Thomas Kest, a bus mechanical aide who worked for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for more than 30 years, died June 19 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was 62.

He had complications from injuries sustained in a car accident. According to his son Thomas Kest Jr., Mr. Kest passed out at the wheel of his car and crashed while driving on Route 7 in Loudoun County in May. According to a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department report, Mr. Kest’s car went into the median and hit a tree.

Mr. Kest, a resident of Sterling, began working as a Metrobus mechanical aide in 1975. He performed maintenance and repairs to buses until his retirement in 2006.

Thomas Richard Kest was born in Toms River, N.J. He was a 1969 graduate of McLean High School in Virginia.

His memberships included the Knights of Columbus.

His marriage to Connie Horan ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Kest Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Daniel Kest of Sterling; three sisters, Barbara Brown of Southport, N.C., and Judy Dimsey and Debbie Kest, both of Sterling; and seven grandchildren.

— T. Rees Shapiro

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