JANKOWSKI, Thomas Gregory Sr. passed away early Tuesday morning after a brave battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, Alberta, eldest son, Michael and daughters, Linda and Jennifer. Tom was a graduate of the University of Detroit and was a retired Certified Public Accountant with licenses in both Michigan and Flori da. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and spent more than 30 years as an auditor for the U.S. Department of the Army and U.S. General Accounting Office earning a letter of commendation from Attorney General Robert Kennedy for his forensic accounting work during a U.S. Senate Select Committee Investigation on Improper Activities in the Labor Field. He also spent three years as an auditor at Fort Shafter Army Headquarters in Hawaii. After his retirement, Tom moved his family to Florida and later served as an internal auditor for the City of Clearwater. In 1994, he helped begin a family business to which he still contributed up until a week before his death. Tom was a devout Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Along with his wife he served as a Lector in his Michigan and Florida parishes. He was an active member of the Republican Party and former chairman of the Upper Pinellas Republican Club. He enjoyed living on the water, boating and driving his convertible. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Alberta; by his loving children, Michael (Connie) Jankowski, Linda (Tom) Hasenauer, Jennifer (Ray) Green, Jeffrey Jankowski and Thomas Jankowski, Jr. He also leaves behind a legacy of eleven grandchildren with advanced degrees from Cornell University, Florida State University and the University of South Florida. Born in 1931 in Detroit, MI as the fourth of seven children, Tom was preceded in death by his father Joseph Jankowski, mother Adelaide Betka, stepmother Charlotte Crean, brothers Leo and Ray Jankowski and sisters Josephine Ferguson and Monica Masci. He is survived by his brothers, Joseph (Rita) Jankowski and Paul (Patricia) Jankowski. Friday, March 1, 2013, Vigil and viewing 5-8 pm, 7 pm Rosary. Dobies Funeral Home, 701 E. Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs, Saturday, March 2, 2013. Funeral Mass 10:30 am, St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, 715 E. Orange Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, www.cskdetroit.org and Suncoast Hospice Foundation, www.thehospicefoundation.org
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 1, 2013