Thomas Magnifico, 89, of Border Avenue, Ellwood City, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 in the emergency room at the Ellwood City Hospital. Born in Ellwood City on May 14, 1926 Tom was the son of the late Alphonso and Vincenza Colucci Magnifico. He married the former Mary Morelli on June 26, 1954. Tom retired as Chief of Police from the Ellwood City Police Department in 1991 after 39 years of service. He was a member of the F.O.P. Ellwood Lodge 110, former member of the PA Chiefs of Police Association and the Juvenile Probation Officer's Association. A veteran of the US Navy, Tom served during WWII. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish. Tom was an alumni member of Delta Chi Fraternity. He enjoyed woodworking and he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Mary, Tom is survived by his children and their spouses; Thomas A. and Cyndi Magnifico of Grand Rapids, MI, Tina and Mark Zielinski of Ellwood City, Rob and Kim Magnifico of Ellwood City, eight grandchildren; Lauren and Bruce Melancon, Christopher Magnifico, Mark and Sarah Zielinski, Kristin Zielinski, Erin Zielinski, Nico Magnifico, Vincent Magnifico and Michaela Magnifico, a great-granddaughter, Frances J. Melancon and a sister, Mae Contino. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Dominick and Nick Magnifico and four sisters; Louise Perno, Antonette Lobozzo, Josephine Magnifico and Rose Magnifico. Friends will be received on Wednesday, September 23rd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and on Thursday, September 24th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 25th at 10:00 am at Holy Redeemer Church. Entombment will follow in Assumption Mausoleum, Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted by the Veteran's Honor Guard.
Chris (Maielli) MacDonald
Tom and family - I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I was unable to get to the funeral home, but wanted you to know, you are in my prayers at this time. He was a special man, and was loved by all who knew him.
Jo Ann (MIller) Oxsen
I have fond memories of when "Tommy" was the patrolman manning the corner of 5th St./Lawrence Ave. during the Christmas shopping period in the early/mid 1950's. He was so friendly to children like me.My condolences to his family.
Mrs. Magnifico, Tom, Tina, Rob
I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of Mr. Magnifico while growing up.
Rich & Paula Herman
Our sympathies to Mary, Tom "Teenie Beanie" and Rob. Tom was the best. Hard to improve on that. My honor to have worked with Tom at the Ellwood City Police Youth Bureau. He loved to help people. even more - he loved to help kids. He left a great legacy. Love you Tom!
Rich & Paula Herman
I really enjoyed working for you the time that I was employed at ECPD for 17 years. I will never forget you.......CHIEF. My deepest sympathies go out to Mary, Tom, Tina, Rob and their entire families. He accomplished many great things for the people, and children of Ellwood City and surrounding communities. He will surely be missed by so many......
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