News Death Notice
CALIM, Thomas Elias a longtime resident of Bellbrook, born April 4, 1917, passed away Oct. 26, 2013 at the age of 96. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Nahoum Calim, his beloved wife, Traxie, sisters Mary, Minnie and Barbara, brothers Cecil and Eddie, and son Thomas Michael. He is survived by his daughter Patty Weber (Mark), grandchildren Kim Deborde (Derrick), Joe (Andrea) and Becky Calim, great-grandchildren Adelynn Deborde and Thomas Michael Calim, sister Margaret Free, "best friend" Robin, who brought such joy, happiness and zest to his life, and Ralph, his best church buddy and friend. Tom was raised in Dayton and attended Emmanuel, St. Bridget, Emerson and Chaminade Schools. He was very proud to have served his country in the Army during WWII
, serving in the African and Italian campaigns as a combat engineer under the direction of General Romo. They were two long campaigns in which he received Bronze Stars
. His profession was as an engineer at N.C.R., working on metal cutting machines. In his spare time, Tom custom-built 40 homes in the Dayton area. He was an usher at St. Francis Church until his illness, an avid fisherman who earned a patent for making his own lures, a gardener famous for his big tomatoes, and a self-taught fixer-upper who could repair anything. After retirement, Tom kept busy as a maintenance man at Cub Foods. Later, he loved making jelly and sharing it with family and friends. He was very proud of his Lebanese Heritage and everyone loved his kibbee and tobouli, which he says were the secret to longevity, along with an occasional raw potato. The family will receive friends Wed. Oct. 30 from 6-8 pm at Conner & Koch Funeral Home, 92 W. Franklin St., Bellbrook (937-848-6651). A celebration of his life will be held Thursday at 11:00 am at Conner & Koch. Deacon Jack Pitts of St. Francis of Assisi will officiate. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231,
, 3797 Summit Glen Dr., Suite 100, Dayton, OH 45449, or the
. You may sign Tom's Book of Memories or send a condolence to the family at www.ConnerandKoch.com
. Tom was an amazing man, a loving father and grandfather, always giving to others. We will miss his stories about growing up during the Depression and his experiences in World War II. We will miss his generosity, strength and love for his family.