Thomas James Barbieri

April 11, 1955April 17, 2021

Thomas J. Barbieri a.k.a. Tom, Bar, Vito, Coach, husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend, walked into eternity Saturday, April 17, 2021, from complications of diabetes. He was 66 years old.

Thomas, a longtime educator and coach, was born in Grose Pointe Farms, Michigan to Parents Adelaide and Lawrence Barbieri. He graduated from Servite High School in Detroit, received his B.A. in education from Olivet College, an M.A. in education leadership from Eastern University, and acquired 30 credits beyond his Masters. While working at the C.C. at Olivet College, Tom, a senior, met his wife, Elaine Winey, a freshman. They were married in 1983 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He worked as a teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, Driver's Education instructor, and Director of Intramural Sports. He coached football, softball, track and field, basketball, and worked at the U of M Michigan Camp for over 20 years. In his 44 years as an educator and coach, he never "retired". He won numerous awards, held many fundraisers, and did community service in his "free time".

Tom fought diabetes and the complications of diabetes for 58 years. He never let that stop him from participating in or coaching sports. One of his proudest moments was when he was inducted to the M.H. S.F.C.A. Hall of Fame.

He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and his brother, Joseph Barbieri. He leaves behind his wife Elaine (Winey), sons Lawrence "Angelo", David, Joseph, his granddaughter, Raelyn, and his brother Robert, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. He will be dearly missed.

in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Thomas J. Barbieri Scholarship Fund. Donations to the Thomas J. Barbieri Scholarship Fund can be made at Chelsea State Bank. For further information please call 734-426-6000. An informal tribute (celebration) will be held by his family in the near future.

In honor of his faith and his love of God the Father, Tom's visitation will be on the corner of Mast and North Territorial at St. Joseph's Country Church on Monday, April 26, 2021. The viewing will be from 10-12 and the mass of Christian Burial will begin at noon and will be live-streamed through the funeral home Facebook page.

"All set? You Bet!"


  • Visitation

    Monday, April 26, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, April 26, 2021


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Lisa Shantz-Kennedy

April 26, 2021

Elaine & family,
Prayers to all of you during this difficult time. Coach Barbieri will always hold a special place in our hearts. He was a great neighbor, teacher, coach and mentor. We have many great memories from his coaching on the softball field in Hartland to the day he wished us many blessings on our wedding day. We're so sorry for you loss. He will be missed.

Tamala Leventis

April 26, 2021

Prayers to the outstanding teacher and friend. He loved his boys and talked about them all the time at DHS. Keep all your memories in your heart alway's.

Lori Rademaker

April 26, 2021

Coach Barbieri will always hold such a special place in our hearts. Tom was so welcoming to the cheerleaders and their families. We all felt such a part of the Dexter Football family. What a wonderful man on and off the field. Prayers for you Elaine and your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing such a great man with the Dexter community. Love the Rademaker Family

Sue Levitte

April 24, 2021

Elaine and family, we are so saddened by the passing of Tom, he will be so missed. He was such a great mentor and friend. Peace to your hearts and know he is whole again.
Love, Rich and Sue Levitte

Rosemarie Adragna-Elliott

April 22, 2021

I am so sad to hear about Tom. I went to St. Brendan's Elementary School in Detroit with him. He was a wonderful guy then and I'm sure always was. My deepest condolences to his family!

TJ Spencer

April 22, 2021

I met Tom when he became head coach at Dexter. I watched him guide and counsel his young players, always in kind and gentle ways. He was a good man, and my life is better for having gotten to spend time, however brief, with him.

Patrick Clarke

April 21, 2021

I first met Tom in 1990 when his Hartland softball beat us in the districts. Since then we would talk at church about sports and see each other at athletic events. He always had such great insights on coaching and motivating your people.
I will miss those talks and listening to his coaching stories!
My deepest sympathies and condolences to his family!
Rest in peace my dear friend!

Amy Kliman

April 21, 2021

Oh Elaine! We are so sad to hear about Tom! Our hearts grieve for you and the boys!! It was so wonderful to talk to him on the day of his surgery. I’m so glad he and Tom connected. He made me laugh... he said he was trying to get a sandwich delivered by Zingerman’s! He was hungry! Same old Bar!! I’m sorry this all had to happen during Covid. I wish it could have been different where we could be there to mourn with you. I hope you are surrounded by your family and loved ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful man and we loved him. Peace, Tom and Amy

Angeline Brown

April 21, 2021

Elaine and the boys,
So saddened to hear about Tom. I loved coaching softball with him here in Gaylord. He was always so funny in good times and bad. Now he can be with Jerry coaching in heaven.
Angie and Rick Brown Gaylord Michigan

Katie Hayes

April 21, 2021

Barbieri Family,
We are so sorry for your loss! Mr. Barbieri was a teacher of mine in high school many years ago and Mrs. Barbieri is current teacher of my sons now! What an outstanding family! I can still hear Mr. Barbieri voice echo in the gym! He had so much passion and dedication for football and his students! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Hayes family