OBITUARY

Thomas J Novak

April 5, 1939January 23, 2021
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Thomas John Novak, age 81, Coshocton, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 5, 1939, to the late John and Ann (Timchek) Novak.

Tom graduated from Benedictine High School and Cleveland State University. On June 6, 1964, he married Mary A. (Kreeger) Novak who survives.

He worked for 32 years with Western Electric, Ohio Bell and then Ameritech Phone Company. He then worked for the Cuyahoga Valley Line and the Ohio Central Railroad in Surgarcreek.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Coshocton, a Fourth Degree with the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Holy Name Society, active with the St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Friends of the Library at Coshocton Public Library. He loved everything about the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians; Tom was always willing to help others out; He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. One of his greatest memories was when he was crowned King of the Lanes at St. Wenceslas.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Mary Novak; his four children, Timothy J. Novak of Cleveland, Andy (Shelly) Novak of Coshocton, John (Leslie) Novak of Cleveland and Maj. Jennifer N. Dinmore USAF (Ret) of Maryland; and five grandchildren, MIDN Ian T. Dinmore USNA, Aleah Dinmore, Jessie Novak, Nick Novak and Joey Novak.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home. Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, social distancing measures will be in place and there will be a limited number of people inside the funeral home at a time. We also ask that you please wear a facemask at all times for the health and safety of our guests and employees.

A funeral service will be held on Friday at the funeral home at 11:00 am with Deacon Doug Mould officiating. A Facebook Live Stream will be available on the funeral homes Facebook page. Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Tom’s name to the Coshocton County Animal Shelter & HATA, 21755 TR 164, Coshocton, Ohio 43812 or for the Alzheimer’s Research at the Mayo Clinic, www.plilanthropy.mayoclinic.org.

An online memorial can be viewed at www.given-dawson-paisleyfh.com.

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Friday, January 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 29, 2021

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Jennifer Dinmore

February 3, 2021

Dad was a great man in every way. The long walks with him while I was in school and later in life always gave me a different perspective than when I started. I was also the only person to read a punch card on site after one of those discussions-great way to remind me you had a lot to teach me. Dad taught me to put in the hard work but have fun while doing the task. He shaped all of us kids into who we are today. Dad, will be missed in all those moments where his smile and laugh would just cement the joy of the moment. -Girl

Aly Dinmore

January 30, 2021

Grandpa Tom exemplified what it means to be family. Even though distance made our time together scarce, every moment that I got to spend with him was and is it’s own treasure that I will forever cherish. I found our walks to get his paper especially enjoyable. Grandpa was not only unselfish in his use of time, but took the extra minute most of us overlook to be friendly and brighten the day of everyone he met. His stories, jokes, and sayings were never ending. He would love to tell me funny stories from when he was a kid, and of my mother’s mishaps. Some of my favorite of his quotes came from when we played the family game, Rail Baron. As Grandpa Tom would say, “You’s gotsta pay to get in and you’s gotsta pay to get out!” Even so, outside of the world of Rail Baron he was very generous and did what he could to put the needs of others above his own. With Grandpa Tom, there certainly was never a dull moment and I pray that not only will those of us lucky enough to have known him carry that light with us always, but that he takes his endless energy and compassion with him to the Kingdom above.

Ian Dinmore

January 29, 2021

I loved building Thomas the Tank Engine railroads throughout childhood, but the joy these brought could not compare to the endless hours of fun that Grandpa's electric trains brought me. Such is every experience with Grandpa Tom: ordinary moments turned into unforgettable and unmatched experiences. It is the summation of all these amplified events - walking to get the paper, watching trains go by, or relaxing to a Cleveland game - that will be sorely missed but also that will stay with me in future times, both good and bad. Trying to be this enlivening is no small task but it came easily for Grandpa, way easier than any of the mini-golf games we stumbled our way through. As Grandpa brings his joy to the Kingdom above, he is surely looking down and helping to make the little moments in our lives still. However, it is up to us to carry on his infectious playfulness and mischief making as he would want. Like all the other times he said goodbye, I can still feel the sting of a noogie atop my head.

Tim Larr

January 29, 2021

Sorry for the family's loss. Thomas was a good guy

Jennifer Dinmlre

January 28, 2021

First Christmas

Mike Wilson

January 27, 2021

My deepest condolences for Tom and his wife . I thoroughly enjoyed working with Tom at Roscoe village hardware store . He was a joy to be around and always had some of the greatest stories to tell . Rest in peace Tom .

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