Thomas-Lela-Obituary

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Thomas F. Lela

Westmont, Illinois

Aug 10, 1946 – Mar 22, 2020 (Age 73)

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BORN
August 10, 1946
DIED
March 22, 2020
AGE
73
LOCATION
Westmont, Illinois

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West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services Obituary

Thomas F. Lela, 73, of Westmont, at rest March 22, 2020. Proudly served his country during the Vietnam era, in the United States Army, Private 2nd Class. Beloved brother of Wayne, Gary and Robert Lela; loving uncle of Chad (Jennifer)  and Brittany Lela; dearest great uncle of Hunter and Kennedy;...

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IT TOOK A WHILE FOR THE NEWS TO HIT CA.wHAT DO YOU SAY WHEN YOU LOSE SOMEONE WHO IS AN ICON. HE WAS SUCH AN IMPORTANT OF THE 70's FOR US,SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES.TO THIS DAY THE BEST TALES WE TELL ALWAYS INVOLVE TL.HE GAVE ME MY APPRECIATION OF BAILING WIRE AND DUCT TAPE WHICH HAS NOT FAILED ME YET. I NEVER LOOK AT A HOT BEEF SANDWICH THAT DOESN'T MAKE ME THINK OF TOMMY AND SMILE. BET THERE'S NO BAILING WIRE ON YOUR BIKE NOW OUR FRIEND RIDE ON. LOVE, JEFF&JOY

Had a great time riding with TL. Great guy with a great laugh. My condolences to the family.

REST IN PEACE BROTHER, RIDE ON FOREVER!

Tommy was such a wonderful friend. I am so glad our paths crossed. He will be greatly missed by many.

TL was a special person. His laugh will be sorely missed along with his ability to tell great stories. He would brighten my day when I'd see him come in and sit at the bar at Hooters. Rest In Peace my Friend!

Never forget Tom Lela and my condolences to the whole Lela family.

TL was such a warm and caring person to anyone who gave him the time of day! He was a an awesome person to talk to and I'm glad him and I crossed paths during his many travels! He will be missed by very very many people! Prayers to his family!

Bob and I remember him well, especially from grade school days at Holy Trinity School. Little League. Babe Ruth League. A good baseball player. Then, much later, Bob remembers the day in Vietnam, at Bein Hoa that Bob & Tom saw each other; Tom was processing to leave for home, Bob was processing to enter Vietnam. He was a good guy.

Bob and I remember him well, especially from grade school days at Holy Trinity School. Little League. Babe Ruth League. A good baseball player. Then, much later, Bob remembers the day in Vietnam, at Bein Hoa that Bob & Tom saw each other; Tom was processing to leave for home, Bob was processing to enter Vietnam. He was a good guy.