In the early evening hours of Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, Thomas A. Wojcik, 56, passed from this life with his beloved wife, Barbara, and his sister, Josephine, at his side.
Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Tom was the son of the late Alexander and Victoria Drust Wojcik. He was a graduate of Bishop Hoban High School and the University of Pittsburgh, with a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications.
Early in Tom's career he was a DJ in the Chicago area, where he had the opportunity to interview some famous musicians such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
In 1986 Tom married the girl he met when he was 10 years old, Barbara Gumienny. Barbara was the love of his life, his soul mate, and his best friend. They would have celebrated 28 years of marriage this coming May. They loved to spend vacations at Walt Disney World and celebrated their 25th anniversary there. Together they truly believed it was "The Happiest Place on Earth." Tom and Barbara also enjoyed country music and attended many concerts together.
After they were married, Tom and Barbara lived for 14 years in Baltimore, Md., where Tom worked in retail management until their return to Wilkes-Barre in 2000. Tom spent the past 10 years employed by AA Auto, a division of Keystone Automotive, in the capacity of assistant manager, specializing in operations.
Tom found great pleasure in the simple things in life. He was always content to spend time at home with Barbara and their two cocker spaniels, Chaucey and Strawberry, whom he affectionately referred to as "his girls." Tom was quite the handyman and his neighbors knew they could count on him to be the first person to lend a hand, whether it was a fix-up project or merely to help shovel a sidewalk. He was also an avid football fan and was the proud holder of season tickets for the Philadelphia Eagles for the past 35 years. He shared this passion with his sister, Josie, and dear college friend, Tim Nolen.
Tom was blessed with a wonderful family and many trusted friends. He will be sadly missed by his devoted sister, Josephine Wojcik, Wilkes Barre; sister-in-law, Carol Brennan and her husband, Paul, West Chester; niece and nephew, Laura and Matt Brennan, West Chester; uncle, Victor Gendek, Jersey City, N.J.; cousins, Lorraine Franckiewicz and family, Tom Meluskey and family, Louise Lentini and Steve Killian, Mike and Kathy Gumienny, the Olson family, all local, and numerous other cousins, dear friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Tom's family would like to send special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and support staff at Geisinger's ICU and The Henry Cancer Center, especially Dr. Christian Adonizio, Dr. Robert Rostock, Dr. Paul Arkless, and most especially the oncology infusion nurses, in particular Becca. She was Tom's guiding light.
Deepest gratitude goes out to Tom and Barbara's extended family at Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Their love, support, kindness, and generosity were present every step of the way through this difficult journey.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Monsignor John J. Sempa will officiate.
Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Tom's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com