NORTH JACKSON - Thomas Dominic "Rags" Ragazzine, 64, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Cleveland University Hospital after a 10-year battle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 17, 1950, in Youngstown, the son of Dominic and Ann Marie Firment Ragazzine.
Tom was a veteran of Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, two overseas bars, A R Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Sharpshooter M 16 and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He graduated from Girard High School in 1968 and retired from General Motors.
Rags was a very caring and compassionate person who always put the needs of others before his own. He was a very descriptive and great storyteller, who was able to befriend everyone he met.
Tom enjoyed the beauties of nature and had a true appreciation for the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman taking many trips out West, including elk hunts in Colorado with his close family and friends. Tom also took great pleasure in riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, going to bike nights, gambling and playing cards. It was the simple things around him in life that he never took for granted, commenting daily how fortunate and thankful he was.
Tom's source of pride was his family. Above all, he was absolutely devoted to his three children. He was a father that involved himself in every detail of their lives. Most recently, he proudly welcomed his first grandson, which was one of the greatest joys of his life
He is survived by his fiancee, Kyla Moore; his sons, Justin Michael of Austintown and Dominic Thomas (Kimberlyn) of North Jackson; daughter, Cassie of Canfield; and Tom assumed the role of father and mentor to Patty Cavender her husband, Brian and their daughter Emma of Dayton. He is also survived by one brother, David (Judy) Ragazzine of Girard; and a sister, Rose Marie Ashton of McDonald; sister-in-law Phyllis Ragazzine of McDonald; and a grandson, Domenico Thomas Ragazzine.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph Adam Ragazzine; and brother-in-law, Dean Ashton.
Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday with a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund.
Arrangements by McVean Hughes and McClurkin Funeral Home.