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Tom was born February 15, 1941, in Toledo to Andy and Dorothy Perna. He graduated from Central Catholic, attended Evansville College and began his career in TV in Evansville, IN in the 60's. Tom moved his family back to Toledo and had a long career working for Channel 13 from 1966 until his retirement in 2006.
Tom was an avid sportsman, loved waterfowl hunting, fishing and was an accomplished racquetball player. He achieved many local, regional, state and national championship titles and was extremely proud of his induction into the Ohio Racquetball Association Hall of Fame in 1996. Tom came from a long line of athletic achievers. His father, Andy, is in the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame and was a long time Mud Hens trainer. His brother, Rip, was a professional wrestler for a number of years as was Tom.
Surviving is his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Andrea, Susan, Laura, Kristie, Michelle and Katherine, and 9 grandchildren, Jamie, Andrew, Alexis, Zachary, Ashley, Emma, Baylee, Nicholas and Chase.
Services will be private. Memorials may be made to St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43612. Blanchard Strabler Funeral Home (419)269-1111. Online condolences:
Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home
1163 West Sylvania Ave Toledo, OH 43612
Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 30, 2014