Thomas J. Barniak, Sr. age 89, of Brunswick, OH, passed away August 10, 2019. Born October 15, 1929 in Cleveland, OH. Beloved husband of Lucille (nee Masink) of 68 years. Dear father of Thomas Jr., Christine Fink (James Sr.), Dennis (Laura), Linda Epperly (Greg), Debra Devorak (Gary), Sue Tomcho (John), and Carolyn Nemchik. Loving Grandpa of 18: Nathan and Brittany Barniak; Rhiannon, Russell, James Jr., and Anne Fink; David, Cody, and Kela Barniak; Bryon, Derek, and Ted (deceased) Miller; Leah Pischieri and Jonah Devorak; Joe Tomcho; McKenzie, Chloe, and Ben Nemchik. Great-grandfather of 7. Brother of Stephen Jr. (deceased), and Susan Barniak. Son of the late Susan and Stephen Barniak, Sr.
Thomas was a larger-than-life human being; friendly, easy-going, with a quick smile and laugh; a chef, a gardner, and a handyman; a long-time grocery food broker and passionate clipper-of-coupons who loved the rush of getting something for practically nothing; able to rip a phone book in half then turn around and make a mean spaghetti dinner for all. He loved swimming with his grandkids, then singing them to sleep with “Home on the Range” or “Roll Out the Barrel”. He was our dad and grandpa: we miss him already.
Memorial service Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 4 pm at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3906 Sleepy Hollow Road, Brunswick, OH 44212. Special thanks to Plum Creek Assisted Living, and Clearpath Hospice.