Andrew Thomas Duzinski (Tom), age 62, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., went home to his heavenly father on Jan. 25, 2014. His devoted wife Laarni; son, Drew; brother, Bill; and dear friend, Statia McNeese and Donna Shulist were by his side.
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He was born Aug. 15, 1951, to Henry and Irene Duzinski at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. His family moved several times in the Air Force and settled in Fort Walton Beach in the summer of 1961 in time for him to start 5th grade at Edwins Elementary. Tom played catcher for the Choctawhatchee High School baseball team and graduated 8th in his class of over 550 students in 1969. He received a scholarship to Florida State University (FSU). Three days after graduation, Tom was injured in a baseball game at Jet Stadium in Fort Walton Beach. After several years of recovery he continued on with college and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Accounting.
He entered Civil Service in 1982 at Eglin Air Force Base and retired in April 2012. The majority of his career he worked as a financial Management specialist in Foreign Military Sales.
Tom will be remembered for his positive attitude and humor. He loved to travel, and watch Jeopardy.
He was very fond of the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills. He truly will be missed.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his lovely wife of six years, Laarni, their son, Andrew Nikolai of Fort Walton Beach; and brother, William H. Duzinski of Tallahassee, Fla. He is also survived by numerous cousins including Suzzane Brady and Jeanette Pajak, of Buffalo, N.Y., Barbara Krznarich of Atlanta, Ga., Judy Williams of Troy, Mont., Betty Boardman of Salamanca, N.Y.; and many second cousins. A strong supportive family environment prevailed.
Special thanks to: Donna Shulist, Everette William, Hen Meyerholz, Julius Kuira, Bing Paulick and Beth Clarks for their tremendous support and assistance.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 2 p.m., at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Rd. N.E. in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed and submitted online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Rd NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Feb. 26, 2014