Thomas J. Kaliszewski, age 82, of Erie, died at his residence on November 21, 2012. He was born in Erie on July 28, 1930, a son of the late Joseph and Victoria Paczynski Kaliszewski. Thomas attended Academy High School and proudly served his country in the United States Navy, where he was an Aviation Metal-Smith. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Worker's International Union Local #12 for over 40 years, retiring in 1992. He was the co-owner of the Kelly Ward Co. in the 1960s and later became an HVAC Estimator and Superintendent for W.O. Kessel Co. in Bradford. He moved back to Erie in 1971 where he kept the same position with Rabe Environmental Systems and later worked at the Scobell Co., until his retirement in 1992. Most recently, he was the co-owner and vice president of Big Woodies Fireworks, Kali's Candy, Hungry Howie's Pizza Shop and Walters Prime Cuts Inc. He was an Erie Otters season ticket holder and was an avid Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He especially loved watching his grandson play hockey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother Joseph "Lefty" Kaliszewski, two sisters, Irene K. Wilson and Anna K. Blasic and one grandson, in infancy, Christopher M. Kelly He is survived by his wife of 54 years Susan Ericson Kaliszewski, his dearest little sister Agnes K. Kinem, five children, John M. (Stephanie) Kaliszewski, Victoria K. Snyder, Joseph J. (Susan) Kelly, Thomas J. (Diane) Kelly and James D. (Maria) Kaliszewski, 12 grandchildren, Megan, Tristan, Lindsay, Jackie, Devin and Allyse Kaliszewski, Morgan and Alex Snyder and Nick, Adam, Caitlin and Thomas Kelly. Thomas is further survived by many nieces, nephews and his K-9 companions, Lobo and Snowboy. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, 16504, on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service there at 5 p.m. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmaus Ministries, 310 East 10th St., Erie, PA 16503, Erie City Mission, PO Box 407, Erie, PA 16512 or the ANNA Shelter, 1555 East 10th St., Erie, PA 16503 Please visit www.schmidtfuneralhomeerie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 24, 2012