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Thomas Joseph 1955 - 2018 Landusky Obituary
Landusky, Thomas Joseph 1955 - 2018
Thomas Joseph Landusky, "Tommyjoe," "Tom Terrific" or just "Tom Landusky" to most, died on January 14th after a courageous battle with cancer; he was 62. Tom led a very active and fulfilling life. His positive and friendly demeanor will not be forgotten. He was born Oct 4, 1955 in Appleton Wisconsin. Tom is preceded in death by his father Joseph R. Landusky Sr., and his mother Beverly I. Landusky. He is survived by his loving wife, Kelly Landusky; daughters, Miranda and Terri "E"; and son, Thomas. His sister, Terri (Ace) Kiley; brothers, Tim (Carolyn), Joe (Christina) and Pat Landusky; many cousins, nephews and nieces. He had a big sister and was the oldest of four boys in his family. As a young boy he was always active with family and community. His accomplishments are many and varied. He was, by nature, a leader of those around him. He was an Eagle Scout and loved the outdoors. He took great pride in a leadership role with the Boy Scouts and spent several summers at Gardner Dam Camp in Northern Wisconsin as an instructor of young men. He was very athletic as a young man especially in track and field. He had an extraordinary wit and level of intelligence, but was not boastful or condescending. In high school he took part in acting and singing in school plays. His voice, a melodic baritone would hit you squarely in the heart. His kindness and generosity to his family, friends and even strangers was a result of his sincere desire to treat everyone: regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation, in a dignified and respectful manner. Kindness and empathy flowed through his veins. On top of all that, he had a keen sense of humor and loved to laugh. On a professional level he achieved greatness as a chef. After working for years at the Jai Lai restaurant he enrolled at the finest chef school in the country - - The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York. After rigorous training there he graduated in the top of his class. He worked at Vassor College Alumni House in New York as their executive chef before returning to the Jai Lai restaurant for several years. Later he was hired at Hocking College (Nelsonville) school of Hospitality Management to run its curriculum. Above all else, perhaps, Tom was a fabulous teacher. He helped Hocking College become nationally known. As coach of his cooking team; he regularly took 1st place in state and regional competitions and twice was runner-up in nationwide competitions. After 20 years at Hocking he was hired to manage the food services on the 16th floor of Franklin County Courthouse. After several years he was hired by the Kipp school to run food services for them. Tom was a master caterer and the list of folks he served is quite impressive including catering for the Muirfield Memorial Golf tournament for many years. Tom impacted the lives of so many around him. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A private service is planned for his immediate family. However; all friends and family are invited to a celebration of life shindig at the Boat House from 5:30-9 p.m. on February 1, 2018 located at 679 W. Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2018
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