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Thomas Tirone passed away on February 29, 2012. Born in Buffalo, NY to the late Edward and Josephine Tirone on May 31, 1936, Tom was known for his work ethic and love of family. Career highlights included 20 years as police officer in Buffalo; 20 years in the Coast Guard, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer; and 17 years as a probation officer for the State of Arizona. A high school dropout, he took great pride in earning his GED and later his B.S. in Criminal Science from Buffalo State University. Plagued with heart problems since his late 40s, at 70 he was implanted with a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) that greatly improved his overall health and gave him five years of life he would not have had otherwise. It was a gift he did not waste. From then on, Tom truly enjoyed and appreciated every day he had on earth. He is survived by his one true love, his bride of 54 years, Jeanette. In addition to Jeanette, Tom is survived by three children: Paula (Tim) Hill, Edward (Patricia) Tirone & Thomas (Catherine) Tirone; sister Mary (Frank) Greico; and eight grandchildren: Jillian Barkley, Nicholas Barkley, Kelsey Hill, Brett Hill, Kimberly Tirone, Alexander Tirone, Sarah Tirone & Joshua Tirone. A viewing will be held on Monday, March 5, 2012 from 6-8 PM at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11 AM at the Church of
St. Thomas More, 6180 W. Utopia Road, Glendale. Burial with full military honors will follow at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mayo Clinic, Dept. of Development/LVAD Research, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 4, 2012
Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 West Thunderbird Road Peoria, AZ 85381