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Thomas Hnatko

Tom Hnatko

Sunday, August 2, 2020

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Obituary for Tom Hnatko

It is with great sadness to announce the unexpected passing of our cherished Thomas M. Hnatko who was taken from us much too soon in his 60th yr., on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at his home in Fenelon Falls, Ontario with his wife by his side.

Beloved husband of 41 years and best friend to Denise M. Hnatko, Tom is survived by his wife and their three children, Shawn Hnatko, Yvonne Hnatko and her husband Keith Hancock, Ryan Hnatko and his wife Jenn Hnatko. Grandchildren Alyssa Hnatko-Hancock, Jeslyn Hnatko-Hancock,
Ryder Joe Hnatko, Myah Hnatko, Brinley Hnatko and soon to arrive his Great Granddaughter, Everley Grace Hnatko-Hancock-Croke. Tom was above all, passionate and very proud of his family. His grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life.

Tom is also survived by his mother, Sophie Hnatko (the late Joseph Hnatko), brother Mike Hnatko and his wife Kim Hnatko, sisters Kathy Riberdy, Susan Read and Pat Dylla.

Tom will be deeply missed by his sister-in-law Sherry Johnston and his mother and father in-law Sandy & Gary Johnston who all loved and respected Tom with all their heart.

Tom will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and many good friends.

Tom was the hardest working man that we know. His work ethic and his dedication to everything that he did was highly respected by all who crossed this amazing, wonderful man’s path but especially by his family who witnessed this every day.

In keeping with Tom’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Tom’s donation to the Trillium Gift of Life Network will give other individuals the opportunity for a longer and better quality of life.

Over the years Tom made his end of life wishes very clear to his family. Those wishes will be followed to a tee. Our close family will have a Celebration of Life where we will Celebrate the most wonderful man we know, Tom Hnatko.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Memory of Tom may be made to The Hospital for Sick Children or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Jane Foster

I am so very sorry for your loss, it was always a pleasure to have Tom and Denise come to see me at work. He will be greatly missed 💔
Comment | Posted at 09:37pm via Condolence

Shawn Hnatko

You are the strongest person I know,
never once heard you complain,
You have been beside moms side since grade 7, good and bad you made it work.
I spent my entire life wanting to be like you.
Working together everyday for the past 25 yrs at times it wasn’t easy, we would both agree to that but I cherish everything you taught me, and wouldn’t have had it any other way.
You spent your life working towards your dream of living on the water. I’m so proud that you accomplished that, you worked hard your entire life to provide for your family and even though we never said it I felt how much you loved me. I love you Dad, Ryder and Myah adore you, if I could be half the man you are I’m sure my kids will feel the same way about me. You left us way to soon, so unexpected, I’m hurting, all that time together and there’s a million things more I wish I said and did with you.
You’ll never be forgotten, thank you for all you did, I’ll try my best to make your legacy to live on, until we meet again, love ya pop. Xo
Comment | Posted at 10:51pm via Condolence

Keith hancock

This is from Keith hancock . Tom Hnatko’s son in law which I’m proud to say !
I would like everyone to know what kind of man this guy really was .
I met him when I was 18 years old just starting dating his his daughter .
I had trouble with my brakes and he says bring it into my garage I will take a look .
Well my brake pads were toasted which I bought but he said my rotors are gone too .
I said well if I got brake pads then it will stop .
He told me if u drive with my daughter in the car it has to be done right .
So he went to Canadian tire and bought rotors and replaced it all .

I have many stories of Tom showing me how to fix a vehicles from there tell now .

But I will send u guys the ones that ment the most to me .

I always ! like the rest of the family called him when I couldn’t do something and he was always there .
So here’s one the stories that means a lot to me , I had a cv joint go on my dodge he came over to help as he always did , we worked for a couple hours and he had to go home and he said u got this .

I worked for a couple hours more and did an epic fail by pulling my drive shaft out of the transfer case . I sent him a pic and said this truck ain’t driving tomorrow but it’s good got another truck for tomorrow.

He called me ten minutes later and said he was on his way .
I said it’s good don’t worry don’t need truck tomorrow.
Tom says that trucks running tonight !
He left a couple hours later a the dodge was ready to go .
These are just two of the billion times he’s helped me and his daughter and his grand daughters.

The man ! The machine ! The phenomenon!

No man can step in that guys shoes and fill them !

That is the truth !
Comment | Posted at 01:23am via Condolence

Kathy Hnatko Riberdy

I never did tell you all the things I felt,
like how much I really did love you.
It's sad that you left
without saying goodbye,
but just remember we all love you
as you began to fly.

You did so much for me, but I didn't do much for you.
I hope you will forgive me, for all the things I didn't do.
Just the thought of you makes me cry.
I never even got the chance to say goodbye.
With every picture my eyes get wetter,
I don't know if it will ever get better.
So many things I never got to say.
I never imagined you'd ever be so far away.
You showed me a lot of things. I learned a lot from you know,
But you forgot to teach me one last thing. How to let you go..

Heaven has called upon you, leaving so many words left to say.
Words unspoken - I am sure everybody has some.
Regrets and wishes are probably there too,
but lasting forever are memories of you.
You were my brother, I will miss being your little sister,
But now I have to let you rest, As they say God only takes the best.
I miss you with all of my heart.
I know you're always by my side,
So now I guess this is my goodbye
Just one final note, I was so very very proud to have had you as my brother.
Never forgotten xoxox love you little sis Kathy
Comment | Posted at 05:04pm via Condolence

Katie Read

It was our 2018 family Christmas and we were doing the secret Santa. I got this Bluetooth hat that you can listen to music. I know I wouldn’t use it but I kept it anyway. Myah later came up to me and told me she really liked the hat. I told her she can have it! Uncle Tom found out and came up to me and said it made Myah very happy and gave me $20. I told him I didn’t need it and to keep it but he insisted and wouldn’t let me leave without taking it. His words were “I’m not letting you leave here with nothing”. He was honestly such a caring and considerate man and I’m so glad that I knew him💛
Comment | Posted at 08:34pm via Condolence

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