“Thomas J. Klinka, beloved husband and father”
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On September 20, 2020, Tom Klinka, beloved husband and eternal soulmate of Veronica, passed on from this life while at home surrounded by family and in a peaceful manner. He was a proud and caring father of three daughters, Elisia, Alana and Melissa, a trusted brother of Bill and his wife Linda, and a fun loving pop pop to grandsons, Magnus and Miles. He was predeceased by Ma and Dad, Mary & Bill Klinka Sr. A lifelong resident who was born and raised in the Byram section of Greenwich, Tom served as sergeant in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was a proud veteran. He received a BA in philosophy, with honors, from UConn Storrs. Tom was head chemist for over twenty years at RH Carlson in Greenwich, specializing in polymer proponents. He was an enthusiastic semi-professional soccer player, avid antique collector, talented award-winning photographer, and devoted rock’n’roll music aficionado. He attended the original Woodstock, and hundreds of other concerts over many decades. Tom had a recent exhibit of his rock’n’roll photography shown at the Byram Shubert Library in 2019.
Friends are welcome to join us at St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Greenwich at 2 pm on Thursday, September 24 for a brief outdoor service. At a later and safer time, we will have a memorial to celebrate Tom’s life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VA Parkinson’s Disease Consortium. Make Check Payable to: VA Connecticut HCS
Memo Line: IMO Thomas Klinka (Parkinson Consortium). Send to:
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Voluntary Service (135)
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT 06516
Electronic Donations may be made at:
Select Connecticut Healthcare System and Veterans General Welfare Account – West Haven Campus, and put - IMO Thomas Klinka (Parkinson Consortium).