Thomas Faroni, 54, of Pleasant Ridge, died peacefully, Oct. 7, 2007, after his long battle with cancer. Tom grew up in Harper Woods, where he graduated from Bishop Gallagher Catholic School. He worked at Meteor Photo for 30 years, where he also met the love of his life, Melissa. The Justice of the Peace married Tom and Melissa in 1988. Tom had three children, Paul, (from a previous marriage) Anne, and Mark. And he was a fosterfather of Jessica. Tom was a loving and devoted husband and father. He enjoyed vacationing with his family in Port Austin, where he was often found relaxing and strumming his guitar on the covered porch. He had a wonderful love of music and a collection of guitars. He had a vast array of musical interests ranging from classical to the blues to jazz and rock and roll. Tom had a love of cooking, especially Italian, his salsa being one of the more asked for creations. He grew his own fresh ingredients in the comfort of his backyard, making delicious Italian meals for his family. Tom was an incredibly devoted family man, making him an excellent friend and man you were honored to know. Tom and Melissa were each other's best friends and soul mates. Tom will be missed by all. Along with his wife and children, Tom is survived by his grandson, Jacob; mother, Beatrice; siblings, Lisa (Michael) Carrette, Annette (Steve) Bidigare and Daniel (Mary) Faroni; father and motherinlaw, Ron and Paula Goode; and sistersinlaw, Paula (Gene) Roger, Julie (Andy) Martin and Rhonda (Steve) Watz. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Primo Faroni. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Columban Church, 1775 Melton, Birmingham.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Oct. 9, 2007.
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