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Thomas C. Meli

Updated: Apr 18

Thomas C. Meli, 76, of Hebron, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 10, 2024 at home, surrounded by his family after a period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Theresa Meli for 48 years. He was born in Hartford, CT. April 25, 1947, the son of Charles Meli Sr., and Pasqualina Z."Pat” Meli. 

Tom graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1967. He worked for the City of Hartford as Head Lifeguard and water safety instructor for 10 years. During the Vietnam War he was drafted into the Army Reserves from 1969 to 1975 and loved serving his country. He left many legacies behind, including being a Proud and Patriotic U.S. Army Veteran. Tom was a long time member of The American Legion Post 95 of Hebron. Recently he worked several years for Monaco Ford. Tom was a beloved and integral life member of the Windham Fish and Game Club where he was head of the kitchen committee for many years. He was also a member of the CARBS of Hartford. He was a member of the Andover Congregational church and also a long time volunteer at the food pantry. In addition, he was a member of the Hebron Sunshine singers. 

Tom dedicated 50 plus years to the art Kyokushin Karate. He trained under Shoshu Shigeru Oyama accomplishing branch chief and the rank of 6th degree. Shihan Tom won the 1988 Mas Oyama Grand Championship Tournament in New York City for Kata. He also fought in many Kyokushin tournaments achieving 2 ten rounders victoriously. He was instrumental in keeping Kyokushin schools active in Connecticut. 

He is survived by his children Sandra and husband Blaine Hart, Doreen Meli, Thomas jr and wife Gina, Shannon LaPenta, Richard LaPenta, Josie Carlisle and husband Paul, and Nicole Lockwood. His Sisters Joaneen Soucy, Dorothy Normand and husband Richard, Carmel Meli. Tom also leaves 13 Grandchildren, 16 Greatgrandchildren, and many Nieces, Nephews. 

He was predeceased by his sisters Patricia Mancini, Florence Meli, and brother Charles Meli Jr. 

Special Thanks and Love to Laurie Ashworth, Nikki Lockwood, Josie Carlisle and grandchildren Sierra and Patrick for their devoted help with appointments and care for Tom. 

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday June 8th 2024 at 12:00 at the Windham Fish and Game Club 267 Jerusalem Road Windham, CT 06280. A fund raiser will be held on same day of said celebration of life to help cover with unexpected costs. 

You will forever be loved and missed. 

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