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Thomas Michael Trez
October 3, 1952 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Thomas Michael Trez, October 3, 1952 – December 27, 2023
Thomas (Tom) Michael Trez, 71, of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Stephen and Helen Trez who preceded him in death. He was the loving husband of his dearest Joanne.
Along with his wife, Tom is survived by his two adoring children, Elizabeth (Beth) wife of Steven Hoffmaster; Mechanicsburg, and Jeffrey (Jeff) husband of Becky Trez; Shippensburg. He is also survived by two beautiful granddaughters, Helena and Anna Trez; Shippensburg, and his brother Carl Trez, Connecticut.
Aside from being a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother, Tom was a person who followed his dreams to provide a better life for his family. This enabled him to run a small business in Connecticut which he retired from after 25 years, to live out his days at his dream-home in Pennsylvania with Joanne. Beth and Jeff also relocated to Pennsylvania because of the strong sense of family Tom and Joanne established in their home.
Tom was an airplane enthusiast and private pilot. He attained his pilot’s license by the age of 25, eventually purchasing a Mooney aircraft which was his dream plane. He flew his family all over New England, with Block Island, RI being a favorite spot to spend a day at the beach. Airshows and Mooney fly-ins were family events. Tom also served as president of the Oxford Airport Flight Association. His dream was to own his own air strip so he built one on his farm in Pennsylvania.
Tom was also an avid musician, performing in bands starting in high school. He played guitar and bass in bands such as Synergy and Runaway Train. Recently, he performed with Buckwheat Honey at a 50th wedding anniversary party held in July for him and Joanne. He played his last gig with Beth on December 14, 2023, at a Christmas luncheon for the Big Spring Senior Center.
Tom will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who had the opportunity to know this amazing man who demonstrated to the world what can be accomplished when you follow your dreams.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to CurePSP at https://www.psp.org