OBITUARY

Thomas Joseph Anischik

June 26, 1957February 16, 2021
Play Tribute Movie

Thomas Joseph Anischik, 63, of Tolland, CT and Chatham, MA, passed away unexpectedly at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Tom was born on June 26, 1957 and was raised in Chicopee, MA. He was the son of the late Joseph Edward and Lorraine Constance (Gwozdz) Anischik.

Tom received an associate of science degree in turf management from Stockbridge School of Agriculture, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Tom worked at The Hartford Courant for 35 years, where he made life-long friends, and retired as Managing Director in 2017. During his time at The Courant, Tom served on the boards of Hartford’s Camp Courant, The Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association, Riverfront Recapture, and New England Newspaper Operations Association. He was an avid Boston sports fan, and he was looking forward to spending his retirement years on Cape Cod, doing part-time consulting for the newspaper industry, and enjoying time on his Boston Whaler. His favorite pastimes were going on adventures with his daughter, and coaching and mentoring her through many athletic, scholastic and professional endeavors.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Kathryn (Plifka) Anischik, as well as his beloved daughter, Sarah Kristin Anischik, of Boston; his sisters, Debra Ann Anischik of Old Orchard Beach, ME and Cathleen Anischik Reid, and her husband, Christopher Reid of Holliston, MA; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 25th at Nickerson Funeral Home in Chatham from 10AM to 10:30 AM, and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Chatham. Capacity is limited at funeral home and church. Social distancing and face masks will be enforced. A livestream of the Mass will be available at www.holyredeemerchatham.org. For more information visit: www.nickersonfunerals.com.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to Hartford’s Camp Courant, PO Box 207, Hartford, CT 06101 (www.campcourant.org).

  • FAMILY

  • Kathryn Anischik, Wife
  • Sarah Anischik, Daughter

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

    VIEW VIDEO

Memories

Thomas Joseph Anischik

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Cheryl Nicholas

March 7, 2021

I am still so shocked to hear of Tom’s passing, I just found out. I worked for Tom at the Courant and he was so supportive. He was a true mentor and always available to speak with even after I left the Courant. He was a truly great guy and he will be missed. Condolences to Tom’s family.

Becky Ruel

March 6, 2021

My sincere sympathy to the entire family. I know his sister Debbie and how hard she is taking this. Cherish the memories.
God Bless,
Becky

Bernie Ayala

February 25, 2021

I worked with Tom at the Hartford Courant. He treated all the employees with respect and kindness. His character always left a lasting impression on me. The news of his passing was sad to hear but I appreciate I had the honor of working for him. My sincerest condolences to his wife, daughter and family.

Bernie Ayala
East Hartford, CT



Rob Rounce

February 25, 2021

Kathy & Sarah - I'm still staggered. I can't begin to imagine your loss but take comfort in today's service and Sarah's sentiments. Lou Golden 's noting Tom's consistent "overdrive" mode captures my experience with Tom. And yet, he frequently asked about my children and genuinely was interested in them. Sarah - he really lit up when speaking about you. Thanks for sharing your experience about taking the bar exam. It perfectly displayed Tom's love for you and his willingness to extend himself. He worked tirelessly and pushed so far to help so many. I am truly sorry for your loss. Rob Rounce

Susan Rocanello

February 25, 2021

Kathryn, Sarah & family,

It is with great sadness that I read about Tom's passing. While I only knew him through work, he was always a pleasure to deal with and I looked forward to his yearly visits with his girls (pre-Covid). I wish you peace in the memories you undoubtedly have of a wonderful man. God Bless you all.

Jim Gorman

February 24, 2021

I met Tom several years ago working for Hearst Media. We immediately hit it off. Tom had a direct hand in changing the course of my career and believing in me.
I didn't realize it right away but he became a strong mentor to me and more importantly a dear friend. Always interested in my family and personal life.
I will always hold our friendship dear to my heart. I want to send my heart felt condolences to all his friends and family. God bless.

Jeff Lonergan

February 24, 2021

I never personally met Tom but in my several phone discussions and bi-monthly production conference calls, he was genuinely as nice of a person that I have dealt with. My deepest condolences go out to his family at this time of sorrow.

Mark Kurtich

February 21, 2021

Tom and I met when he joined The Courant 35+ years ago. We enjoyed working together for more than a decade. His high intelligence, fierce competitive nature, and unyielding teamwork helped to guide the production department to many successes. But more than that, Tom was a true friend. He was known as Tommy A to me and all his colleagues. I will always cherish Tommy’s enthusiasm for the people around him. Among other things, Tommy was a mentor, partner, cheerleader. We continued to connect for 20+ years after my career took me to Los Angeles. I will always be blessed to have had Tommy in my life. My heart is in sorrow for Kathy, Sarah, their family and many, many friends. God bless you Tommy!

Jim Schepker

February 21, 2021

I had the good fortune to spend time with Tom during our years of service on the Camp Courant board. Always a man of quiet and constructive thought, our board discussions always received practical direction and guidance when Tom spoke up and took charge. My condolences to the family -- Tom will be greatly missed...but his legacy at Camp Courant certainly lives on.

Nancy Stimac

February 20, 2021

Dear Tom,
My heart is grateful for having been a work colleague of yours.
I've often thought of how good, kind, generous, patient, and sincere you were in helping me.
Eternal Joy Tom!
Prayers for your family,
Nancy Stimac

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY