Thomas Anthony Hlavac

May 4, 1960April 10, 2021
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Thomas Anthony Hlavac, age 60, of Riverside, California, passed away Monday morning, April 10, 2021 surrounded by his family at his beloved home. Born May 4, 1960, in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of Thomas Laddie Hlavac and Rita Colleen Markert.

Tom was a respected plumber with nearly 40 years of experience. He loved the plumbing industry and helping the industry in every way that he could. Tom taught plumbing classes to plumbers so that they could become licensed plumbers themselves. Tom owned Select Trenchless Pipelines, a trenchless sewer repair business for 19 years. Outside of work he was a loving father, brother, son, and grandfather. He had a huge heart and was always there for his friends and family. In his spare time, he loved fishing, spending time with his family, and his grandchildren.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Jacqueline Michelle Hlavac; along with his son; Thomas Aaron Hlavac of Riverside, California; two grandchildren, Korben Hlavac, Jaclyn Hlavac, and many loving nieces, nephews, and relatives.

A viewing for Thomas Anthony Hlavac will be held from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Friday, May 7, 2021 at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary on 7944 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504. Friends and family are invited.

A church service will also be held at 12 pm on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church on 3680 Arlington Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506. Friends and family are invited.


20 May

Memorial Mass

12:00 pm

St Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church

7005 Brockton Avenue
Riverside, California 92506


  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021


Thomas Anthony Hlavac

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Jacqueline Hlavac

May 7, 2021

Tom was my loving teddy bear for 44 years he was the most loving caring man and wonderful Father & Papa i will forever carry your love through my life & heart forever this is not goodbye till we meet again love you forever xoxo.

Monica Roach

May 4, 2021

My heart aches for the entire Hlavac family. I'll never forget Tom's generosity and graciousness. He was always so kind to me and will be greatly missed. I'm forever thankful I met him as he is the person who introduced me to the PHCC. When I 1st started my career in the trade, Tom would allow me to tag along with him to the different trade shows. When I became the PHCC-ORSB Executive Director, he was one of my biggest supporters! Tom was always fun to be around, especially when we would break into my favorite song, "New York, New York." I'll miss you, my friend!
~Monica Roach

Cisco C

April 21, 2021

Our prayers go out to the entire Hlavac Family and to all those that were blessed to have met Tom.
May Select and Patriot flourish in his memory.
Brother, you will be greatly missed.
With much love and respect.

Cisco and the entire family at Pipe Lining Supply Corp.

Donna Byers

April 20, 2021

Rip boss.,

john mesani

April 17, 2021

RIP brother! You were a great man.

Omar Flowers

April 16, 2021

Big Tom is what I called him, I knew Tom since 2004 he always talked and treated me like I was part of his family I know we are all going to miss the Big guy. With respect and love from the Flowers family

Ken Sanchez

April 15, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I’ve known Tom since the rescue rooter days. I had the great privilege to go to toms journeymen classes and learn from the legend Tom. So much of what I know is thanks to Tom: I have a great respect and appreciation for him. I will truly miss him. I enjoy training new people in our trade because Tom trained me. I pass on his knowledge and wisdom. My question to you is will there be a funeral service for him? If there is it needs to be held in a big place. Think all the people he touched with his knowledge and wisdom. Many plumbers owe him much respect. I can’t believe he’s gone. This saddens me greatly. He was my mentor. I miss him! Tommy you have huge shoes to fill. Your dad is a legend in this trade! Because of him many people have been very successful in our trade!

Elizabeth Shumaker

April 15, 2021

You were an angel that God gave us the honor of having on this earth. All above will welcome you with wide open arms.

You were one of the sweetest, kindest, beautiful men in the world. Your smile and happiness carried everywhere you were and have been.

Wish we could see you one last time but you will remain in our hearts forever.

You will be greatly missed by everyone, you with God now.

Love you so much Tom.

Stephanie Lacerte

April 15, 2021

The big belly laugh man RIP my friend I will always remember working with you for liners when I started in plumbing many years ago. My condolences to your family and your friends.

Gary Martin

April 14, 2021

Work with Tom on and off since 2002. Learned a lot from him. My condolences to his family. He sure is going to be missed. May God welcome his soul.