OBITUARY

Thomas "Tom" John McGinnis

May 24, 1961August 26, 2020
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Thomas “Tom” John McGinnis, age 59, of Highland, died Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Left to cherish his memory are his significant other, Vicky Stone; his six children: Jessica (Hanna) Kello, James McGinnis, Dominic (Katie Williams) Stone, David (Tara Ferrell) Stone, Jeremy (Sarah Rivitzer) Stone, and Angie (Denny) Alderman; his nine grandchildren: Conner James McGinnis, Cody Alderman, Kyla Baade, Alexis Stone, Robyn Alderman, Zane Stone, Ashlyn Stone, Tyson Stone, and Jocelyn Stone; his step-mother, Sandra McGinnis along with his siblings: Kathleen (Deb Miller) McGinnis, Michael (Jody) McGinnis, Pat (Tina) McGinnis, Cathy (Bob) Hicks, Dave (Mary) Milsk, Paul Milsk, Joan (Bob) Laho, Jim Milsk, Tom Milsk, Tim Milsk, and Sue (Bernie) Antonelli, Lynn (Mike) Borowski, David McDaniel; and many other extended family members and close friends.

Tom was born on May 24, 1961, in Chicago, the son of Mr. & Mrs. John and Mary (Monaghan) McGinnis. Tom worked at Oakland Air for thirteen years as the director of maintenance. Throughout his professional life, Tom was a valued member of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, and was awarded the prestigious Golden Wrench award two times during his career for his accomplishments in the field of aviation. Tom retired from his position at Oakland Air this year.

In his free time, Tom enjoyed traveling, being outdoors, and going out on the boat. He was also an avid sports fan and held the Michigan State Spartans close to his heart. However, most of all, Tom loved to spend time with his family and friends; especially his grandchildren! Those who knew him will always remember him by his fun loving and charming personality. He was always the life of the party, and had a wonderful sense of humor. His smile could light up a room, and his laugh was contagious. The comradery of his circle of friends known as the "Founding Fathers" was dear to his heart, where Tom contributed to many chapters in this book of life. He will be greatly missed by many.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary McGinnis.

In accordance with Tom’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home Highland Chapel, 3295 East Highland Road, Highland, Michigan 48356. Tom’s family will be present to receive guests at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions in Tom's name to the American Heart Association or to the National Institute of Mental Health. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Memories

Thomas "Tom" John McGinnis

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Jody McGinnis

September 1, 2020

Tommy John was a great brother in law. And an even better friend. I have so many memories from the last 36 years. He was amazing and supportive and loving and funny and genuine!
Tommy Rest In Peace and I will look forward to the day we party together again. Love you!!!

Kathi and Carl Curtis

September 1, 2020

Tom and Vicky are our neighbors 2 doors down. He always had a smile whenever we saw him. We shared a few bonfires and dinner with them. Our deepest sympathies to the whole family. Peace and Love.

James McGinnis

August 31, 2020

My father was a great man. He was always there in my life. If I needed someone to talk to he always had a ear open. I only regret that there was not more time for my son to learn from his example. I will always remember my father. I love and miss you dearly dad. your memory will live on with me for the rest of my days.

Karen Cooke

August 31, 2020

Tommy had a zest for life and a smile that lit up a room. Many fond memories and fun times hanging on the deck at White Lake with the gang . His love for my friend Vicki was very special. Rest in peace Tommy.

Phil Rouce

August 30, 2020

Lots of great memories with Tom. From boy scouts through high school! Riding down Woodward Avenue on the weekends. These are memories I will never forget! Rest in peace my friend! 💔

Jim Huntoon

August 30, 2020

I was blessed to meet Tom a true brother over 20 years ago, and for the last 20 years we have been going to Nascar races and working together in aviation. My friend brought laughs and smiles to everyone he met and always had a good time. I can and always will cherish and honor my friend as I continue on our tradition. Boogity, Boogity, Boogity Tommy you now have the best seat in the house and I'll hear your voice say it "let's go racing" Love you Brother and you'll be with us always.

Amy Trom

August 29, 2020

While I have only know Tom for three summers his passion and kindness spoke volumes to me. He had a heart of gold and loved life. I will cherish my talks with him and the time I got to spend with him. May he rest in peace in the arms of our Father. God Bless you Tommy and I am glad I got to be a part of your life. Love, Amy xoxo

Dave and Mary Milsk

August 29, 2020

Remembering a lot of fun family times .
Always such a sweet, generous person. Your smile was contagious! RIP Tom you will be missed by many. 😪

Joe Lagodzinski

August 28, 2020

Tom was instrumental in my execution of “the summer of Joe” a few years ago....his excitement for me was infectious...and his hearty laugh and great smile were both unique and inspiring then and on so many occasions.

Tom, you will be missed dearly.

Shortcake- Melissa and I are around at home much lately so please know we’re nearby if you need anything - thinking of you , praying for you.


Amy Berry

August 28, 2020

I met Tommy in 2006. I was dating my now husband Darryl Berry. I traveled from southern Illinois every other weekend to see Darryl. Tommy was one of the few guys that came up to me at the sand bar at white lake to greet me. Will never forget his easy going personality. Much 💘 and peace. Many great memories!

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Biography

Thomas “Tom” John McGinnis, age 59, of Highland, died Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Left to cherish his memory are his significant other, Vicky Stone; his six children: Jessica (Hanna) Kello, James McGinnis, Dominic (Katie Williams) Stone, David (Tara Ferrell) Stone, Jeremy (Sarah Rivitzer) Stone, and Angie (Denny) Alderman; his nine grandchildren: Conner James McGinnis, Cody Alderman, Kyla Baade, Alexis Stone, Robyn Alderman, Zane Stone, Ashlyn Stone, Tyson Stone, and Jocelyn Stone; his step-mother, Sandra McGinnis along with his siblings: Kathleen (Deb Miller) McGinnis, Michael (Jody) McGinnis, Pat (Tina) McGinnis, Cathy (Bob) Hicks, Dave (Mary) Milsk, Paul Milsk, Joan (Bob) Laho, Jim Milsk, Tom Milsk, Tim Milsk, and Sue (Bernie) Antonelli, Lynn (Mike) Borowski, David McDaniel; and many other extended family members and close friends.

Tom was born on May 24, 1961, in Chicago, the son of Mr. & Mrs. John and Mary (Monaghan) McGinnis. Tom worked at Oakland Air for thirteen years as the director of maintenance. Throughout his professional life, Tom was a valued member of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, and was awarded the prestigious Golden Wrench award two times during his career for his accomplishments in the field of aviation. Tom retired from his position at Oakland Air this year.

In his free time, Tom enjoyed traveling, being outdoors, and going out on the boat. He was also an avid sports fan and held the Michigan State Spartans close to his heart. However, most of all, Tom loved to spend time with his family and friends; especially his grandchildren! Those who knew him will always remember him by his fun loving and charming personality. He was always the life of the party, and had a wonderful sense of humor. His smile could light up a room, and his laugh was contagious. The comradery of his circle of friends known as the "Founding Fathers" was dear to his heart, where Tom contributed to many chapters in this book of life. He will be greatly missed by many.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary McGinnis.

In accordance with Tom’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home Highland Chapel, 3295 East Highland Road, Highland, Michigan 48356. Tom’s family will be present to receive guests at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions in Tom's name to the American Heart Association or to the National Institute of Mental Health. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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