Paul Tantardini, age 52, of West Toledo, died Monday, January 9, 2006. He was born July 15, 1953, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, to Mr. and Mrs. John (Mary Day) Tantardini. Paul was selected as the 98th overall pick in the 1973 NHL entry draft and spent 11 years playing professional hockey, including 4 Turner Cup Championships with the Toledo Goaldiggers. After retiring from hockey in 1984, he went to work for Jeep and was still employed there today. He enjoyed playing golf and staying in touch with his many hockey friends and was especially happy to be a part of the recent Goaldigger reunion and alumni game held in Toledo. Paul was a generous, thoughtful and hard working man and will be missed.
Survived by his family, Ruthie of Toledo; daughter, Jessie Tantardini of Bowling Green, OH; son, Tony Tantardini of Toledo; father, John Tantardini and brother, John (Sandy) Tantardini, both of Mississauga, Ontario; nieces, Dawn and Leah-Anne Tantardini; nephews, Colin and Scott Tantardini, and a host of other loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary and sister, Debbie.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of services at Noon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Toledo (428 N. Erie St.), Pastor Rick Powell, officiating. Paul will be laid to rest next to his mother in Guelph, Ontario. Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home (1163 W. Sylvania, 419-269-1111) is handling arrangements.
Published in Toledo Blade from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2006