In loving memory of

January 8, 1942 - April 17, 2022

Thomas J. Shimon, 80, of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Marquette, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 17, 2022 at Pam Health Specialty Hospital in Sarasota following a long illness.

Tom was born on January 8, 1942 in Marquette; one of four children born to the late Leonard and Kathryn (Boyd) Shimon. He was a 1960 graduate of Graveraet High School. Following high school, Tom enlisted in the Army National Guard, retiring from the Guard in 1993.

Tom was employed at numerous auto body repair garages in Marquette County for several decades.

Tom played hockey his entire life. He also enjoyed stock car racing, hunting, and rifle shooting. He made the Governor's "20 List" for sharp shooting. Spending time at camp at the Dead River Basin with friends was always something he looked forward to along with family get-togethers.

Tom is survived by three children, Kathy Noble, Kelly (Paul) Laurich, and Scott Shimon, all of Marquette; one step-daughter, Dana (Mark) Bentley of Washington; five grandchildren, Missy (Randy) Lehtomaki, Molly (Chase) Larmour, Morgan Laurich, Macie (Justyn) Huskey, Mindy Shimon; two step-grandchildren, Lane and Erin Bentley; one great granddaughter, Myra Lehtomaki; two brothers, Jerry Shimon of Flint, MI and Michael (Pat) Shimon of Marquette; also several nieces and nephews and his former wife, Mary Lou Shimon. Preceding him in death besides his parents was his wife, Bonnie Shimon and a sister, Mary Malloy.

The Shimon family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday, May 4 at Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon where a funeral service will be held in the funeral home at noon with the Rev. Glenn Theoret officiating. A luncheon will take place immediately following the service in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Scott Shimon, Paul Laurich, Randy Lehtomaki, Chase Larmour, Justyn Huskey, Zach Albright, and Steve Gustafson.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Shimon family where memories of Tom may be shared at


Tom Rinehart wrote on May 11, 2022:

"Tom was a good friend and I will miss our times together. As much as I will miss or frequent phone conversations, I know he is no longer waning in his comfort state. Rest in peace my friend."

Julie Liberty wrote on May 4, 2022:

"Mary Lou and family, We are so sorry about the loss of Tom. He was a great guy with a kind and giving heart. We have many fond memories of Tom and your family over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Dan and Julie Liberty"

Frank Petrella wrote on Apr 26, 2022:

"Sad to hear. I remember his stock car racing days when we were kids, with Scotty, Kathy and Kelly. Good memories of deer hunting at the old camp too."

Marquette Area Public Schools wrote on Apr 25, 2022:

"Extending to you and your family this heartfelt assurance of deep sympathy, Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education and Employees"

Carol Campbell wrote on Apr 25, 2022:

"Mary Lou and Family, So sorry to hear about Tom's passing. Brings back many memories of good times. Will keep you in my prayers. Can not come to the funeral due to a Dr's appt. Love, Carol Campbell"

Roberta Hebert wrote on Apr 25, 2022:

"To Mary Lou and the kids, I was so sorry to hear that Tom passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you."

Tina Biolo wrote on Apr 25, 2022:

"Dear Kathy and family I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you did all you could to help your dad and gave him many great memories from your visits. All of you, Kathy, Kelly and Scott should feel good knowing you always helped both your parents any way that you could. Prayers for all of you at this time. Tina Biolo"

Tina and Donnie Weiland wrote on Apr 24, 2022:

"We are so sorry about the loss of Tom. He was a great guy and we feel fortunate to have had him as a friend. Even though his life was difficult in later years, he focused on the positive and was a cheerful and upbeat man. We admired his strength and perseverance. We have many good memories of Tom and will keep his family in our prayers. We?ll miss you Tom!"

Basil "Butch" Fassbender wrote on Apr 24, 2022:

"My sincere condolences on the loss of Tom. Tom and I were in the cook's section of the National Guard as well as in the Governor's 20. I always enjoyed talking to Tom about a variety of subjects. He will be missed."

Skilly Kuzda wrote on Apr 23, 2022:

"Was a great father, did alot with us kids when we were younger, teaching us to hunt, shoot rifles, keep our machines up and going, all about a great father he will be missed"

John Dahlke wrote on Apr 22, 2022:

"Tom was a boyhood neighbor of mine and a Senior hockey team mate. Many great memories. Tom also painted my Avanti in 1977 and we would marvel at the condition that the paint was in everytime we got together. Paint still looks good. Tom was a very talented individual.. Will miss him. John Dahlke"

Sharon & Jim Petrella wrote on Apr 22, 2022:

"We lost a old dear friend. Tom has always been part of our lives. So many happy memories and stories. He will live on in our memories of the good old days. RIP Tom. "

Lois Berglund Kampe wrote on Apr 21, 2022:

"To Tom?s Family, I am saddened to hear about Tom passing. We have been friends since 3rd grade and went all through school together. Over the years we have kept in contact via email. The one thing about Tom that stands out is his always positive attitude. Thoughts and prayers are with you.??"

Deanna Adams wrote on Apr 21, 2022:

"Dear Kathy and Shimon Family So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May his memories help you in the days ahead. With deepest sympathies Deanna (Cuff) Adams"