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Anthony "Tom" Paonessa
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    53151 Chesterfield Road
    Chesterfield, MI 48051

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Tom took Marie Clifford and I sailing Oct. 5, 2009. “My sincere condolences to Tom's family. I last saw Tom at lunch in January with some other Slow Spokes. Tom loved dogs and was generous in his...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: patti brehler - Lupton, MI

“Tom, a neighbor and friend for 50 years. He was always there to help especially in mechanical situations. He was a great scout leader and was there...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Anita McKee-Kosaski - Warren, MI

“I met Tom a few times over the past few years and can say he was a great dad and friend to his kids and grandkids. His memory will be cherished by...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Michael & Mary Cassady - MI

“I am one of the many who benefitted from Mr. Paonessa's knowledge of cars. He and his son Tom have kept my old klunkers running for years. Mr. and...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Katie O'Leary - Shelby Township, MI

“Too many memories to explain. Many a ride many a ski trip, dinner, hike. Many good times with both Elsie and Tom. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Gabe and Bob Halsall - MI

“R.I.P. Uncle Tommy ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Carol Bischoff - MI - niece

“R.I.P. Uncle Tommy ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Carol Bischoff - MI - niece

“Tom and I first met earlt 1n 1956 when I joined GM as a GMI student. Tom and I worked together on many research projects for over 30 years. He was a...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Richard H. (Dick) Kabel - Romeo,, MI

“When I was age 16, my sister (Elsie) introduced me to a young soldier whom she said was to be her husband. The planning details are vague now; but,...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Deacon Ray W Allor - Temple, TX

“Phil & Tom, my condolences to you on the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Eugene Groesbeck - MI


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Anthony T. Paonessa, "Tom", of Warren, age 85, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at his home.

Although he spent the last 50 plus years as a resident of Warren, Tom was born in Detroit October 24, 1927 in Detroit the son of the late Filippo Giuseppe and the late Edith (nee: Belli) Paonessa. He attended schools in St. Anthony's parish through the 8th grade and was then accepted to Cass Technical high school where he graduated in 1945. He was drafted into the Army in 1946 and always credited his Cass Tech education for getting him into Officer Candidate School, which kept him out of kitchen duty. Not long after leaving the Army, Tom married his true love, Elsie, and began a family.

After getting laid off from the Detroit tank arsenal, Tom began looking for a job that would give him and his new family some stability so in 1953 when he was offered employment with General Motors Research, he jumped at it and spent the next 34 years there, retiring as a senior project mechanic. During his free time, Tom could usually be found working on cars. Family, friends, neighbors, people broken down on the side of the road, his teenage son and friends with a dead car on Gratiot, it didn't matter. He could, and would fix your car. Tom was also very involved in the Boy Scouts, working as Scoutmaster, district commissioner councellor, trainer, driver, and any other job that needed to be done. Scouts who hadn't seen him in 30 to 40 years still speak fondly of what they learned from Mr Paonessa.

For his own pleasure, Tom enjoyed bowling and golf, as well as cross country skiing, sailing on Stoney Creek and Lake Ste. Claire, and bicycling, putting several thousand miles on his bike every year. As he and Elsie aged, he spent more time at home, and during his bride's final years, he put aside his hobbies to be her caregiver. Tom will be missed.

Tom is survived by his children, Christine (William) Wylie, Thomas (Diana), Philip (Diane), Daniel (Cyndi), and Joseph (Janis); grandchildren, Tony Boldrey, Joe (Brandy) Benedict, Amy Engle, Jennifer Mason, Beth (Dan) Mathews, Kathy (Joe) Schaeffer, Angela (Ryan) Reynolds, Debbie (Chris) Luckstead, Rachel (Matt) Parker, Ryan (Kassondra) Paonessa, Andy Paonessa, Jake Paonessa, Anthony Paonessa and Jason Paonessa; great grandchildren, Karissa Mason, Cassie Benedict, Abigail Benedict, Kaelyn Parker, Caedon Mathews, Cillian Reynolds, and Julia Moriah Parker.

He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Elsie and his daughter, Linda Paonessa.

Visitation for Tom will be held Saturday 3-9 pm with a 7:30 pm Funeral Service at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd).

Memorial contributions may be made to the Home for Angels Dog Rescue, 53151 Chesterfield Road, Chesterfield, MI 48051.

Please share memories at his memory book.