Thomas Michael Nagy, 64, of Sheffield Township, put on his armor and went to battle against cancer not intending to lose. On Tuesday, September 4, 2012 he realized he could not conquer the battle and decided to rest in the arms of our Lord. Tom was born March 28, 1948 to Mike and Mary (Doychak) Nagy. Tom graduated from Clearview High School.
On November 15, 1967, Tom chose to join the U.S. Marines which led him to Vietnam where he served with the 1st Battalion 9th Marines 3rd Marine Division. United States Marine Corps, Corporal Thomas Michael Nagy distinguished himself by earning the Vietnam Service Medal with One Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Combat Action Ribbon with four Purple Hearts and Honorable Discharge.
After leaving Vietnam, Tom was a talented painter for over 40 years. He worked for American Bridge and numerous contractors in the area. Tom was a member of the Lorain Painters Local 240 which is now Local 707. Tom was a lifetime member of the DAV Chapter 20, Louis Paul Proy, VFW Post 451 and Amvets Post 32.
Tom donated his body for research to Case Western Reserve. His intent was to assist in finding cures for MDS, increasing education and maybe bringing hope for others.
Surviving are his children, Sara (Brian) Chavalia of Grafton, Janine (Greg) Frey of Lorain, Mark (Jo) Nagy of Elyria, Leslie (Dave) Szalkowski of Elyria, Lance Nagy of Lorain and Leigha Nagy of Lorain; 18 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brothers, Richard and David Nagy of Lorain; Over the years, Tom opened his heart and his home to over 50 foster children.
Tom’s grandchildren put the sunshine in his days and were the love of his heart. He enjoyed fishing, camping and canoeing with his children and grandchildren. He loved scratching lottery tickets hoping to win big some day. Not a day went by when Tom’s door wasn’t open for friends and family to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Mary Nagy; sister, Patricia Somerville; son, Patrick Healey; and nephew, Thomas Smith.
The best gifts in life are the moments we share! Celebrate Tom’s life with family and friends and full military honors on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 3 P.M. sharp, at Amvets Hall, 11087 S. Middle Ave., Elyria.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a memorial contribution to the DAV Chapter 20.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. (Dr. Suess)