Thomas Joseph Dobrowolski

July 14, 1944February 13, 2019
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Thomas Joseph Dobrowolski, age 74, passed away February 13, 2019 in Wayne, Michigan. Tom was born on July 14, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan where he lived with his late parents, Marion and Sophie Dobrowolski. Tom graduated from Osborne High School (Detroit) in 1964 and completed some college before he was drafted by the Army in 1966.

A proud US Army veteran, Tom served his country from 1966-68 including time in Vietnam in 1966-67 during the war. He was honorably discharged in 1968. Later, Tom was actively involved in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Harris-Kehrer Post 3323 serving as Commander, Chaplin and Parade Chairman. His dedication in honoring fellow veterans was unwavering as could be seen in the hours he spent arranging for honor guards at funerals and planning the annual Memorial Day parade.

Tom met the love of his life, Pam, in 1968. Their fate was sealed after that first date at Buddy’s Pizza in Detroit. They were married on July 19, 1969 and enjoyed nearly 50 years together. Tom and Pam made their home in Wayne, Michigan and have lived on Biddle Street for nearly 48 years.

While Tom did not have siblings, his marriage to Pam brought him brother and sister in-laws that served that role. He held Al, Cheri, Donna, Tim, Dan, and Kathy in high regard as well as his many nieces and nephews. Tom was also fortunate to also have the love and support of his mother and father in-law, Ruby and the late Frank Kovarik.

Tom was a loving, and patient, father of five daughters – Michelle (Chris) of Arcata, California, Nicole (Rob) of Phoenix, Arizona, Tania (Derek) of Newburyport, Massachusetts, Kimberly of Medway, Massachusetts, and Heather (Joseph) of Redford, Michigan. He proudly supported them over the years, serving as each of their personal cheerleaders. His influence upon them is insurmountable.

A cherished grandfather, Tom was blessed with 15 grandchildren – Jared, Ryan, Natalie, Sophia, Henry, Jacob, Samuel, Lillian, Emily, Aria, Zeke, Frank, Atticus, Theodore, and Harlow. He enjoyed watching the chaos that ensued when they were all together and his impact on each of them is evident.

Tom and Pam enjoyed travelling together. They had no qualms piling their five daughters and the family dog in the van and driving across the country. They loved camping and have swapped countless songs, stories and laughs around the campfire with friends and family over the years.

Tom loved music. He could belt out Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond like no other. This love of music and entrepreneurial spirit led him and Pam to open a record shop, the Sound Station, with good friends, Mike and Barb Kerby, in the 1970s. While the store closed many years ago, the old albums are dusted off at least once a year at a dance party on New Year’s Eve. As many can attest, Tom could really bust a move on the dance floor

Tom was known for his quick wit and sense of humor. His smile was infectious. He could tell stories and jokes that brought everyone to laughter, even if we didn’t quite follow the punch line. He brought this humor to his work on the Wayne Soapbox Derby and many Biddle Bunch block parties.


  • Pamela Dobrowolski, Wife
  • Michelle (Chris), Daughter
  • Nicole (Rob), Daughter
  • Tania (Derek), Daughter
  • Kimberly Dobrowolski, Daughter
  • Heather (Joseph), Daughter
  • Jared, Ryan, Natalie, Sophia, Henry, Jacob, Samuel, Lillian, Emily, Aria, Zeke, Frank, Atticus, Theodore, and Harlow, Grandchildren

  • VFW Post 3323 Relief Fund


  • Visitation Sunday, February 17, 2019
  • Funeral In State Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, February 18, 2019

Thomas Joseph Dobrowolski

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Kathy Darfler

February 21, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Pam and the extended family. For me it's impossible to remember a time when Tom was not involved in our City in one way or another. I remember the enjoyment he got from doing the Soapbox Derby. His stories from both him and Hal Hultman were endless.
Mostly I remember Tom for his kindness. Tom & Pam were at every event their girls were in. It's rare in today's world to see such commitment to family. Tom is going to be deeply missed in Wayne.

God Speed Tom

Susie Hammons

February 19, 2019

So many memories of Tom and the Dobrowolski clan! You have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Pam, all the times you and Tom took me so many places with you. We decorated the hall for your annual New Years Eve parties, you let me help with the Sound Station, oh and all the floats that were built in your yard by the Biddle Bunch. I will always remember coming home to Mom and Dad entertaining on their porch, which more than not included you and Tom! The many celebrations that were always occurring on Biddle, and most likely put together by you, thank you so much! All the times babysitting with the girls were some of the best. You all mean so much to me, my heart aches for all of you. Tom, you helped shape my life, and I thank you for that! I will miss you! XOXO

Wendy Brookhouse

February 17, 2019

We’ll miss your corny jokes and loving smile, Mr. D. Hugs and kisses to all the Dobrowski women & their families.
Much love, Tania’s West MI Spartan crew

Ed & Tami Zajac

February 17, 2019

So sorry for your loss,. Remembering the good times we had at New Years Eve parties.

Terrence Kovarik

February 16, 2019

Pam, Kimberly, Nicole, Tania, Michelle and Heather,

We were saddened to learn of Tom's passing. We remember the times when the Kovarik clan would meet in Redford, Wayne or Livonia and how Tom, Pam and the kids would liven things up just by being there. Just watching them enjoy the moment, whether it was a graduation, wedding preview or post-reception gathering or just coming over to Uncle Theed's place to cool down during the 4th of July when things got a little too warm. Good times. We're sorry we're not able to be there to pay tribute to Tom and try to offer our condolences in person. But take comfort in the fact that you all help define what a family should be: caring, bearing with each other when things were good and bad and just being there for each other when needed. Know also that now he's in God's care and is free from pain, suffering and walks in the company of angels and Christ Jesus.
Thoughts and prayers to all.

Terry & Dellrose Kovarik

Thomas DeMan

February 16, 2019

I have known Tom since High School. We worked and socialized together in our younger years.
Tom and Pam met on a double date we shared together. Although we did not see each much other over the years, I will always remember his positive attitude and will miss his friendship. God bless you Tom D.

Heather Hammer

February 15, 2019

Brenda Miller-Polenychko

February 15, 2019

Tom was so funny, personable and a great person to work with.
He talked so much about Pam, his daughters and grandkids I felt like I knew them personally.

I'll never forget how helpful and kind he was, especially when I was having a difficult day.

I hope his family finds just a little peace knowing that he cared for and was so proud of them all. I'm sure the feeling is reciprocated by all of his coworkers, friends and family.

Mary Carr

February 15, 2019

Pam, Heather & Dobrowolski family, I'm so sorry for your loss, sending you prayers and positive healing thoughts during this difficult time. May the dear Lord watch over your families.

Deepest condolences,
Fred & Mary Carr

Mike Kerby

February 15, 2019

Tom, My Brother from another Mother, I have two.
Today, You left us in Body but not in Soul.
We were meant to have crossed paths to make
the many, oh so fond memories life held for us and our families.
It was a BEAUTIFUL ride. One I will always remember
and Cherish. Thank YOU for being my FRIEND. Thank
YOU for your dedicated service to our country.
See you on down the road buddy... I LOVE YOU.


My dad isn't very mobile these days, but he sure does love poker.
So, they brought the poker table to him. 🖤
Happy New Year, make it a great one.


Grandpa and Aria 2011


Grandpa, Grandma, Aria and Atticus 2017 camping


Grandpa and Atticus


Farmer Tom of Biddle Street


Grandpa and Aria spending quality time together