It is with deep sadness that the family of Dr. Thomas Edward Fiffick, 77, announces his passing on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
He was born October 15, 1940, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Thomas D. and Ann (Vogrin) Fiffick.
Tom graduated from Canfield High School in 1958 and then attended The Ohio State University, where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree.
Tom practiced Optometry in Akron, Ohio and is forever a Buckeye.
Anyone who knew Tom will recall his humble approach to life with kindness, humor and above all, unconditional love.
He will be lovingly remembered by his four children, Mary Alexis Mathews (Hank), George Fiffick (Chandler), Max Fiffick (Amy) and Ashley Rivet (Nick) and his nine grandchildren, Aaron, Joan, Thomas, George, Virginia, Scarlett, Sam, Bella and Lucie.
Survived by his first wife, Jennifer Neff, the mother of his three oldest children, Tom was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his youngest child, Patti (Hranilovic) and his wife, Joan (Ashley).
Tom’s memory will forever be cherished by his three sisters, Betty Wasko, Carole Fiffick and Jody Vernal (Rick) and his nieces and nephews, Robert, Jackie, Beth Wasko and Hannah, R.T. and Elizabeth Vernal.
Arrangements have been made by the Wasko Funeral Home and a memorial service in Tom’s memory will be held on Friday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson, Ohio, with Father Norm Douglas leading Tom’s remembrance.
In memory of Tom, The Fiffick family requests memorial contributions be made to: The Joan Ashley Fiffick Memorial Endowment Fund, c/o Akron General Development Foundation, 1 Akron General Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44307. Established in 1986 by the Fiffick family to promote continuing education and stimulate innovative practice in oncology nursing. Funds are used to support the Joan Ashley Fiffick Lectureship and Conference.
The Fiffick family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, October 10 at the following approximate times: 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.