Thomas Michael Snelbaker

February 14, 1941May 25, 2020

Thomas M. Snelbaker, 79 of Canton, OH passed away Monday, May 25, 2020 after a battle with cancer.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Lula Snelbaker; and sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Bill Horner, along with his father-in-law, Judge Anthony Flex, Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Philomena Snelbaker; son, Tom Snelbaker and Mary McCoy; daughters, Stephanie Hayes and husband Brad Hayes, and Athena Michalek and husband Matthew Michalek; brother, William Snelbaker of Medford, MA; two grandchildren, Cameron Hayes and Olivia Hayes; mother-in-law, Ethel Flex; and brother-in-law, Anthony Flex, Jr. and his wife Anita Flex.

Thomas graduated from Perry High School, then he served in the U.S. Army. He worked for the Ford Motor Co. before working for the City of Canton as a Bailiff for 26 years. He enjoyed working on old cars and building homes. He enjoyed talking with people and making new friends. He loved animals, especially his dogs.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:00am at St. Paul Catholic Church in North Canton. Social distancing will be practiced. Interment will be in Sunset Hills Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Jude Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Karlo-Libby Funeral Home.


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, May 29, 2020


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Terry Krayzel

June 1, 2020

Please extend my deepest condolences to Philomena, family and friends. Tommy was such a friendly, funny, kind, generous and truly genuine person. I became fast friends with him and his buddies while cocktail waitressing at Mountaineer. They provided much needed comedy relief between rounds of angry, drunk patrons. Tommy also hooked us up with parking and tickets to Hall Of Fame games for several years. I smile everytime I think of him. After being friends for 18 years, I will truly miss knowing I willl never see him until we all meet in Heaven. I thank God that I was blessed to be able to call him my friend. Prayers for God's peace and comfort. Sincerely, Terry Krayzel

Gus Mcgarry

May 27, 2020

Stef, Tom, Anita- Phil-
Our deepest and sincere condolences on your loss. Tom loved to talk and what I enjoyed is he wanted to talk to you-eye to eye. Loved our conversations and bull sessions.
Thoughts and prayers with you all
Uncle Gus n Aunt Terry

Megan & Tim Cooper

May 27, 2020

Aunt Mena & family,
We are so sorry and we love you greatly.

We remember how unbelievably kind Tom always was to us. He smiled, laughed, and had the kindest heart. We are so fortunate to have known him and be a part of his family.

Love you all

Ernie Johnson

May 27, 2020

I met Tom through his brother Bill . we never met but hit it off instantly . I remember him being a nice guy . he worked at the Ford plant and I delivered Fords ,that was the beginning of the friendship . The few times we talked was always fun ,most of the conversations were thru Bill as I live in Mass. Thank You Tom
Ernie Color Sgt 3/18th INFANTRY

Mel Stickle

May 27, 2020

Tom Jr, Phiolmena, STeffy, and Athena,

Sorry for your loss of your Dad, Tom Has been friend of mine for 40, Tom Sr was a great guy, and very pleasant all the time, Your friend Melvin Stickle- Canton, Ohio.

Anita Flex

May 27, 2020

He loved history, the army and his Family. My husband and Tom would talk and laugh every night about nothing.
He loved old cars, Tom helped My husband fix up a 67 mustang convertible.

Every one loved to Tom.

Steve Kovacsiss Jr

May 27, 2020

Tommy, we are so sorry for the loss of your father. May the Lord comfort you and your family. May he rest in peace. You all will be in our prayers.