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Thomas Charles Pokorny
March 11, 1952 - April 5, 2021
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A private family committal service was held.  He was laid to rest at Chardon Municipal Cemetery.

Thomas C. Pokorny, of Chardon, Ohio, passed away peacefully at his home on April 5, 2021, surrounded by his family.  He was 69 years old.  Tom was born on March 11, 1952.  He grew up in Hambden Township for his entire childhood.  From an early age, music and sports were enormous parts of Tom’s life. …

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Buzz Kerchelich left a message on April 12, 2021:
To the Pokorny family, I am so sorry to hear about Tom's passing. He was a real gentleman, a pleasure to know and fun just to be around him. He always had a great smile for you, whenever you bumped into him. He was always attentive and upbeat, he made you feel like the most important person in the room, a rare and unique quality in todays world. The world lost a good man. God bless the entire family............Buzz Kerchelich
Jay Brindo left a message on April 11, 2021:
Thom and I played in The Trolls together. We had some great times and made some unforgettable memories. One such memory was that we won the very first Maple Festival’s Battle of the Band 1964 or 65. The photo with Thom on the far tight was taken in Burr Funeral Home’s casket show room being Marc Burr was also in the band and offered the photo location. I was very saddened to learn of Thom’s passing. Thanks My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Sandy Sojka left a message on April 11, 2021:
To the Pokorny Family We are all thinking of you during this most difficult time. So sorry for your loss. The Sojka Family
Valerie Butch left a message on April 10, 2021:
My deepest condolences for Shelly, Joe and Drew on the loss your husband/father. He was a kind, wonderful man. He will be greatly missed. Condolences for the entire Pokorny family and close friends. May he Rest In Peace. Love and prayers from the Butch family.
Valerie Butch left a message on April 10, 2021:
My deepest condolences for Shelly, Joe and Drew on the loss your husband/father. He was a kind, wonderful man. He will be greatly missed. Condolences for the entire Pokorny family and close friends. May he Rest In Peace. Love and prayers from the Butch family.
Joanne Majeski left a message on April 10, 2021:
Dear Shelly, Joe, and Drew, Our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of a husband, father, and forever friend to so many! We will deeply miss him! Loved hearing his Beatle music at local wineries and beyond. As a teacher, he made a valuable lifelong impression on his students. The many car washes, bake sales to raise money for the Puerto Rico trip was memorable! He will truly be missed and I'm sure he's making everyone in heaven laugh as I type this. God Bless You! Sincerely, Joanne, Bill, and Matthew Majeski and Christina Majeski Geer
Russ Hurd left a message on April 9, 2021:
I never had the opportunity to teach or coach Tom when he was at Berkshire. However, he was such a charismatic person that we began a friendship that extended into his teaching and coaching years. A good man.
Cliff Evans left a message on April 9, 2021:
I did the baseball fields for Tom at Newbury School. A great guy and always up beat . I was looking forward to show the car I got to him a 66 Nova . Sorry for your loss.
Diane Petersen Prymas left a message on April 9, 2021:
My deepest sympathy to the Pokorny family. Grew up with Tom - the Pokorny's and the Petersens were neighbors. Many fond memories came flooding back - "snow day" Monopoly games, sledding down Taylor Wells hill. Summers filled with birthday parties, tag, hide and seek and a multitude of games that involved various types of balls. Such good times we had. Time moved on and we all went our own ways. But whenever we got together, it was like we never left. I will miss your quick smile and hearty laugh. I will cherish all these wonderful memories. Prayers for the entire Pokorny family for strength and peace. Know he will always be with you.
rich kelly left a message on April 9, 2021:
sincere condolences to the Pokorny family. Knew Tom for many years in my work as a local sportswriter and basketball official. Saw him play at CHS, from where I graduated in 1966, but lost track after those years until maybe 30 years ago, when, as an official, I helped Jefferson Little league as an official. Reconnected with Tom then, crossed paths many times at various schools and always had great moments of memories and reflections on working with young kids. He was a first class gentleman and example for kids, which is one of most important things in this world. He made things better in many places, and his passing leaves a huge void that only Jesus Christ can now fill. Trust Him and give thanks for Tom's part of your lives. I will.
David Bocchieri left a message on April 9, 2021:
So difficult to see a good friend and neighbor of 27 years pass away. Tom and I shared musical moments entertaining at different Wineries and venues throughout Geauga County and elsewhere. His love and talent for music brought enjoyment to our audiences by playing songs of the 50's, 60's and 70's with our duo "Yesterday and Today" . Cindy and I will miss our great conversations with him, his infectious laugh, his positive attitude and we will always cherish just hearing him playing the guitar while we were outside in our backyard. We will miss you, Tom.
Vicky Greene left a message on April 9, 2021:
Our sincere condolences to Shelly, Joe, Drew and the entire Pokorny family. I first met Tom as my Spanish teacher at Ledgemont. It was Tom's first year of teaching. He was an excellent teacher and made learning the language fun. I also enjoyed hearing one of his bands play at a classmate's party. The song that sticks out in my mind was, I'm Your Captain. Tom also coached our high school basketball team. We had recently met with Tom and Shelley. Sad that your life that was cut short too soon. Vicky and Mike Greene
Carane Ladd left a message on April 9, 2021:
My sincere sympathy to the Pokorny family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
Rose Amantea left a message on April 8, 2021:
So sorry to hear of Toms passing. Remember him from St Mary’s school. Prays to the family.
Daniel Detwiler left a message on April 8, 2021:
My sincere condolences to the family. Tom and I were teammates on several of teams at Berkshire. Great person, player and teammate .Dan Detwiler
Jay K. Brindo left a message on April 8, 2021:
Tom and I share a brief but special season in I young adult childhood as fellow Troll bandmates. We played many of the local school sock-hops, won the very first Maple Festival Battle of the Bands, and were in the Maple Festival parade. The photo of The Trolls was I think taken about 1965 in Burr Funeral Home’s show-room for caskets being that Marc was also a member of band. That time, the guys in the band and our short journey was a real gift. I’m very saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. My deepest condolences to the family.
Judy and Steve Bidgood left a message on April 8, 2021:
Shelly, Joe and Andrew, We were so saddened to learn of Tom's passing. We were blessed to enjoy his musical talents for many years in our church praise band, Reign Forcast. Praying your faith will bring much peace and your family memories will bring comfort. Our heaven gained a beautiful soul. God be with you.
Gary Glasscock left a message on April 8, 2021:
My condolences to Tom's family. I got to know him when he was playing with our praise band at Chardon UMC. He was outgoing with an infectious smile. He loved his wife and boys and loved to coach. Surprised to read of his passing this morning. Certainly, one of the good guys!
Robert Kujala left a message on April 8, 2021:
My condolences to Tom's family and friends. I was blessed with getting to know Tom at Southington. He was a old style professional. From day one, he came in with 1000000 watt enthusiasm and just made his classroom a place of learning. What's more, Tom always was smiling, never was down and lifted everyone up. It was an honor and privelege to get to spend time being inspired by Tom. Again, I want to express my condolences to all who loved Tom.
Don Navatsyk left a message on April 8, 2021:
Dear Pokorny family: All of the Navatsyks are greatly saddened by this news, especially me. When we moved to Hambden in 1963, the Pokorny family embraced us with open arms. I had no idea that Tom was ill. May the Lord of all creation bless and comfort you all!
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