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Thomas James Padovano

June 29, 2018

Thomas James Padovano, age 73, of Marysville, died peacefully Friday, June 29, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving and faithful family. He was born January 10, 1945 in Jersey City, New Jersey to the late Otto Salvatore and Rita Mary (Lancaster) Padovano. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Nancy, whom he married October 19, 1968 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rutherford, New Jersey. He is also survived by his two daughters, Jenine (Doug) Bertke of Coldwater and Rhonda (Dan) Tipple of Ostrander; his son, Tommy (Jamie) Padovano of Richwood; his grandchildren, Megan Stephenson, Grace Bertke, John Bertke, Mia Tipple, Jacob Tipple, Anthony Padovano, Garrett Padovano and Emma Padovano; his brother-in-law, Frank Curcillo of Florida and sister-in-law, Angela McWilliams of New Jersey; many nieces and nephews and Vinnie, his service dog. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael W. Padovano, by his sister, Rita Curcillo and by a brother-in-law, James McWilliams.
After serving in the United States Air Force in Vietnam, Tom launched a career in aviation that spanned over 50 years. In 2015 he was presented the prestigious Wright Brothers “Master Pilot Award” by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 50 years of dedicated service to aviation safety. He retired in 2015 as a flight instructor for Flight Safety International out of John Glenn International Airport in Columbus. Prior to his time as a flight instructor, he flew as commercial and corporate pilot. Among numerous fond memories, he flew many celebrities during his career, including the Thoroughbred racehorse and triple-crown winner, “Secretariat.” He was also a member of the pilots’ club, “Quiet Birdmen.”
As a young man taking flight lessons in Teterboro, New Jersey, he met the love of his life, Nancy Albino. After their marriage in 1968, Tom and Nancy raised a family of four children while relocating frequently until settling in Marysville in 1979. While residing in Marysville, Tom was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where he served on parish council, was an usher and was a fourth- degree member with The Knights of Columbus. Tom was also a member of Marysville VFW Post 3320, American Legion Harold Kerr Post 173 in Bellefontaine and Indian Lake Loyal Order of Moose. He was a trustee and past exalted ruler of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1130 in Marysville.
A man of great spiritual faith and a devoted husband, father and grandfather, he will be remembered for his fun-loving practical jokes and his willingness to help others. Tom was also an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, boater, camper and traveler, having visited all 50 states.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2018 at Underwood Funeral Home where an Elks memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. followed by The Holy Rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Fr. Kevin J. Kavanagh will officiate and burial will be at the church cemetery beside his son. Full military honors will be provided by the Union County Military Funeral Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to The Michael W. Padovano Scholarship Fund in care of Marysville Board of Education. Contribution envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be made to the family at


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