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Thomas Michael Kosiorek
  • December 06, 1944
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  • February 01, 2022

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Thomas Kosiorek

December 6, 1944 – February 1, 2022

Son of the late Joseph M. Kosiorek, Tommy, Tom, or Ski, as he was known to his friends and shipmates, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2022. A Vietnam veteran, he served in the US Navy as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Fuel Handler Airman (ABFAN) on the Bon Homme Richard (CVA31) from 1962 to 1966. He left the service to marry and raise a family with his sweetheart Nora (Ouelette) Kosiorek who, after 50 years of marriage, predeceased him in 2016.

He leaves behind his beloved second wife, Wendy Vaz of Port Orange, FL; a son Kevin Kosiorek, and his wife Lisa, of Minneola, FL; a daughter Renee Alley and her husband Lance, of Winton, CA; his sisters Pat Cloud of Virginia Beach, VA and Sharon Schuschu (deceased 2021) of Oviedo, FL, 8 grandchildren: Alyssa Tooker, Ciera Sideri, Genna Kosiorek, Kayla Kosiorek, Nathan Vinson, Seth Vinson, Lacey Pedranti, and Sadey Pedranti, nieces Angela and Sabrina Cushing, grandnephew Ethan Cushing-Chase, and grandniece Caydence Serrano.

He was an avid volunteer for veterans’ organizations such as Eagles Post 4449 of Winter Springs, Vietnam and all Veterans of Central Florida (The Bunker), Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10139, Chuluota, FL and was a founding member and president of the Bunker Riders
Tom lived by this piece of advice from his hero – his father: “Laugh every day, even if you have to laugh at yourself.”

Services will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 11:30 at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 US-1 Mims, FL 32765

In lieu of flowers, you may donate in Tom’s name to: OriginalBunker.org or NVHS.org.


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Date & Time:
February 17, 2022 at 11:30 AM

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  1. Lin lit a candle:
    19 Feb 2022
    Lit since February 19, 2022 at 2:45:38 PM

  2. Aimee Velez says:
    16 Feb 2022
    Tom, I will think of you warmly always. I am glad that you and Wendy found love, laughs and your way to each other. You lived a lot of life together for such a short time. I will miss yo big laugh and calling you Squid. Until we meet again, Go in Peace to God

  3. Joe Rideout says:
    16 Feb 2022
    Tommy, It's been great knowing you and being your friend, and thanks for being a role model for my son Cameron. You will missed. My God be with you always RIP
    Your friend Joe Rideout

  4. Joe Rideout says:
    16 Feb 2022
    Tommy it's been great knowing you and you were a great role model for my son Cameron. May God be with you RIP. Your friend Joe Rideout

  5. Angela Cushing says:
    16 Feb 2022
    I miss your so much Uncle Tommy! You were a hero to me. For your service to our country and for your unconditional love for me. You will live on in my heart forever, until we meet again. I’ll take care of your little sister and for now, say. “Good night, Gracie!” I love you!

  6. Angela Cushing lit a candle:
    16 Feb 2022
    Lit since February 16, 2022 at 2:13:19 PM

  7. Jodi & Dennis lit a candle:
    16 Feb 2022
    Lit since February 16, 2022 at 2:35:15 PM

  8. Louis Meister Sr. says:
    16 Feb 2022
    Rest In Peace shipmate fair winds and following seas

  9. Kate W lit a candle:
    16 Feb 2022
    Lit since February 16, 2022 at 2:51:02 AM

  10. Chief says:
    14 Feb 2022
    Tommy, you are one of the great guys, you are special to Danny and I. We will always remember you and the great times we spent together. I am sure you can pick any place on the east coast and we have stopped had a cold one, heading towards the outer markers. I'll miss brother.

  11. Jim Boykin says:
    14 Feb 2022
    Tommy, what a true inspiration to all. Thank you for sponsoring me to the Bunker. RIP Brother. God Bless!

  12. Richard Templin says:
    13 Feb 2022
    I will always remember you as a brother and a mentor!
    You will be in my heart until my last breath. I love you and will see you again!

  13. Wendy Vaz (Kosiorek) says:
    13 Feb 2022
    Thank you Tom for four years of laughter and adventure. I wish we could've had more time together but I am thankful for what we had. I love you and appreciate your daily efforts to make me laugh - even though it was sometimes tough. Give your daddy and Nora big hugs for me and go in peace to whatever comes next. I will carry you in my heart always.

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