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Thomas P. Day

Jun 20, 1943 - Feb 24, 2021

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Coach Day and family,

My sympathies to you at this time. May you keep his memory alive with stories, laughs as well as tears.

My condolences to Gina, Bonnie, Donna and the entire Day family. A toast to Tommy and the VFW, where he long ago introduced me to PBR and machine bowling.

Our condolences to the Tommy Day family and all those near and dear to him. His presence lives on in all the wonderful stories shared between all of us and the way his life touched the lives of others. Sending love to all of you.

With the COMMUNION of SAINTS let us pray to God for Tom.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on Tom.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for Tom.

St. Joseph our Protector, pray for Tom.

St. Thomas, who had doubted, pray for Tom, who is named after you.

St. Patrick, pray for Irishman Tom.

St. Anne, mother of Blessed Mary, namesake of the hospital where Tommy was born, pray for Tom.

St. Cecilia, namesake of the church where...

I love you, Tom.

Thank you for being such a wonderful brother, and such a good friend.

BLESSED is our family for Gina and Bonnie and Donna, your three lovely daughters.

REFRESHINGLY I remember enjoying cold beers with you at the VFW and American Legion where everybody knew and loved you.

GREAT were our discussions and debates where you always had unique and interesting perspectives.

ENJOYABLE were our road trips and rides where we'd...

I have many fond memories of Tom and our family gatherings. I remember him as outgoing and jovial with a great sense of humor. My condolences to his family and our Day cousins.

Donna, So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He sounds like he was a very generous and accomplished man. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sue Provenzale

Our condolences to the entire Day family.Rest in peace Tom.

Thank you for your brave service to our country !


Thomas's Obituary

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Thomas P. Day, age 77. Beloved father to Gina Mussett (David), Bonnie Harvey (Geoff), and Donna. Loving grandfather to Olivia. Beloved son of the late Madeline (nee Gutbrod) and Joseph A. Day. Loving brother of Joseph (dec), John (dec) (Mary), Patrick (Patricia), Mary Fink (Chuck), Madeline, William (Maria), Ann McKee (Bill dec), Joan Groves (Doug), James (Denise), Brian (Sue), Rose (dec), Barbara Baran (Don) and Maureen Nawalaniec (Steve). Uncle, great uncle and friend to many.

Tom was born in Cleveland and raised in Garfield Heights, the 3rd oldest of 14 children. He attended St. Timothy Grade School, where some of his fondest memories and greatest stories began... his paper route, playing basketball, or just having fun in the neighborhood! He attended St. Ignatius High School and went on to graduate from Benedictine High School Class of 1962.

Following high school, he served his country proudly in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for bravery. Upon his discharge from the U.S. Army, Tom worked as a driver for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company prior to starting his career with the Shaker Heights Fire Department.  During that time, he also moved furniture for Markay Trucking on his off days.  Upon his retirement after 26 years with the fire department, he continued to serve Shaker Heights by managing the city’s print shop.

He enjoyed taking the scenic route wherever he travelled, often going on road trips with his six brothers.  He enjoyed good food, cold beers, and spending time with his many friends at the VFW and American Legion.  He was a dedicated father and grandfather, a loving son and a caring brother.  His special bond with his Down Syndrome sister, Rosemary, was especially inspiring throughout the years.

Tom was kind-hearted and a genuinely good person that everyone loved and enjoyed. His generosity knew no boundaries as he willingly shared his time, talents and treasures with everyone.  No matter who asked or what the need was...his answer was always YES! He had the ability to make everyone feel special, no matter young or old...and he always did it with a wink and a smile.  He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Visitation Sunday, February 28, 2021 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at FORTUNA FUNERAL HOME, 7076 Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131. Only 40 people at any given time allowed in the funeral home. Monday, March 1, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael Church, 6912 Chestnut Rd, Cleveland, OH 44131. Interment will be at a later time. Please check back for more details.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Thomas’s name to Disabled American Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project, or American Legion.


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