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Former Conshy Man Leaves Millions to Charity

Thomas Dross was born and raised in Conshohocken and maintained ties to the area throughout his life.

A man who was born and raised in Conshohocken has left millions to charity following his death earlier this year.

The Philadelphia Gay News reports that Thomas Dross, who moved to the San Francisco area in the 1970s and enjoyed a career as an advertiser and restaurateur, has left about $2.5 million to HIV and AIDS-related charities.

Dross, who died of a heart attack in January at the age of 71, attended St. Matthew's High School, later Archbishop Kennedy High School, in Conshohocken, and later attended Widener University. He reportedly spoke fondly of the area and maintained close ties to his local relatives.

The $1 million gift Dross's estate left to the San Francisco-based AIDS Emergency Fund is the largest the group has ever received.

"We want to make sure that family, friends and people who remember him from Conshohocken know that this local boy not only made good for himself, but was also making good for charity," Dross's long time friend David Perry told the PGN.

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