Thomas G. Lopatofsky, DMD, 50, of Wellsboro, died suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Binghamton, N.Y., participating in a Hare Scramble race.
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He was the husband of Nicole Quezada DMD, whom he married on Oct. 26, 1991. Thomas was born April 28, 1962, in Troy, the son of George J. and Catherine Karamis Lopatofsky.
Tom and his wife Nicole opened their Complete Family Dentistry practice in 1990, in Wellsboro. Tom was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Elmira N.Y., Keystone Junior College, University of Scranton and Temple University School of Dentistry. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Wellsboro. In addition, Tom was a member of the American Motorcycle Association; NRA; past president of Wellsboro Rotary; Fellow in Academy of General Dentistry; trustee of PA Dental Association; past president of the 6th District Dental Society; Fellow in Academy of Oral Implantology; member of American Dental Society of Anesthesiology; board member of the Laurel Health Tioga Dental Clinic; Southern Tier Enduro Riders; Armenia Mountain Debating Society; Wynoa Riding Association member. He had received the PDA Presidential Citation and Rotary Paul Harris Fellows awards. Tom was an umpire for the Wellsboro Little League. The Lopatofsky family hosted several Rotary exchange students over the years. His "Secret Recipe" made the Rotary chicken BBQ a success and his unique designs of the Rotary float won first prize in the Laurel Festival parade, more than once. A true outdoorsman, Tom loved not only hunting, fishing and skiing, but he was also a skilled dirt bike racer with the Western New York Offroad Association. The Lopatofsky family, at their Charleston township residence, will host a hare scramble race on Sept. 23. Tom was an integral part of the Wellsboro community making the lives of those who knew him much richer. He had a great sense of humor but was also compassionate and caring of all who he came in contact with.
Surviving in addition to his wife; son, Eric Lopatofsky and daughter, Taylor Lopatofsky, both of Wellsboro; are his mother, Catherine Driscoll of Towanda; three sisters, Debra Lopatofsky (Bruce Bense) of Troy, Sandra Behman of Exton, Catherine Rumsey (Todd) of Troy; brother-in-law, Pierre Quezada (Christopher Sutherland) of Milton, Mass.; father-in-law, Rafael Quezada (Ingrid) of Shrewsbury, N.J.; several nieces and nephews. His father and a sister, Susan Lopatofsky, preceded Tom in death.
Friends and family are invited to Tom's Life Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro, from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., with Rev. John Chmil, officiating. Memorials may be made in Tom's name to Laurel Home Health Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901. To share your fondest memories of Tom, visit www.lifecelebration.com.
Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from Sept. 10 to Sept. 18, 2012