Thomas Scott Imbordino, of Chicago, passed away unexpectedly at age 59 on June 20, 2020. A loving brother, uncle, friend, colleague, and patron of establishments across the city, his loss is sorely felt by many who shared in his unforgettable company. A native Clevelander, Tom moved to the neighborhood of Old Town in Chicago in the mid 1980's after graduating from Cleveland State University and starting his career in Philadelphia. With his arrival in the Windy City, he took employment with VerticalNet, Inc., a business-to-business venture famous during the dot-com boom. There he worked for several years before pivoting into a publishing career at Plate, a well-known food magazine that quickly opened his eyes to the world of fine food and drink. In 2002, Tom became the head publisher for Dairy Foods magazine, working to greatly expand its presence in areas beyond typical print media including newsletters, webinars, social media and more. He was a dedicated boss and employee, proud of his breadth of influence across the industry. Involved in many professional organizations, Tom was very active with the Food Processing Supplier's Association (FPSA) as well as the Greater Chicago Food Bank's Defeat Hunger initiative, even recently starting a program for the Food Bank called DairyFoodsGives. There was a kindness about Tom. He is remembered as living a full life - a life of generosity and exuberance. He was humble about his accomplishments, well-read and an excellent conversationalist. In his spare time, Tom was also an enthusiast of film, golf, and pool. And though Tom quickly established himself in Chicago, the City of Cleveland always held his heart. He particularly loved and followed Cleveland Indians baseball. Over the past decade he was dedicated to enjoying life and sharing that joy with all who knew him. His most recent goal included visiting every Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago, which he nearly achieved with his beloved sister, nieces, and nephew. His family, whether local or visiting, meant everything to him. He is survived by two brothers, Paul (Jan) and Robert (Elizabeth), and a sister, Karen Kuenzi (Hans), as well as nieces Sarah Bonecutter (Andy), Kirstin Safakas (Andreas), and Olivia Kuenzi. His parents, Ignatius and Evelyn (ne Guzik), preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Greater Chicago Food Bank. A grand celebration of his life will be planned for a later date.
Published in The Plain Dealer from Jun. 26 to Jun. 28, 2020.