Thomas "Old Indian Tom" Lefko
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AGE: 81 • Largo, Fla.
On Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, God reached out His Heavenly hands to welcome SMSgt. Thomas Lefko, 81, into eternal life. Tom lived in South Toms River, NJ for over 40 years before moving to Largo, FL 17 years ago. Tom was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served during the Korean Conflict and was also stationed in France, Okinawa, Germany and Japan. His love of the military led to a distinguished 32 year career in the Air Force and Air National Guard where he achieved the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. After retiring, Tom became an active part of Toms River High School South as president of the Toms River High School Indians All Sports Booster Club, where he became "Old Indian Tom." He also had a Disc Jockey career for 25 plus years. He loved to camp and became a salesman for the resort at Outdoor World in NJ. He later became the activities director of a resort in Ft. Lauderdale and in Virginia Beach. He loved to dance and spend a lot of time with his wife, Marge.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marge of 53 years; his daughter, Lori Bujalski and her husband Bill from Manville; his son, Gary Lefko and his wife Rebecca from Nunn, CO; his son, Randy Lefko from Green Cove Springs, FL and friend Teri Briggs; his sister, Maryann Giacomello from Merrick, NY; his brother-in-law, Robert Gamboa and his wife Flo from Largo, FL; his sister-in-law, Mary Caran from Louisville, GA; and his only granddaughter, Danya Brinson from Waurika, OK. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Tom left us quietly, his thoughts unknown but Alzheimer's took him from us several years ago. We were proud to have him as a husband, a father and a friend. He will be deeply missed, but his gentle, fun loving spirit will forever remain with those who so loved him.
To see the full obituary online, go to alifetribute.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 25, 2013