Bonfiglio, Thomas

Thomas V. Bonfiglio

December 31, 1938 - November 13, 2020

On Friday November 13th, 2020 Thomas V. Bonfiglio left this world surrounded by his loving wife after a long courageous battle with cancer. Tom was born December 31st, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois to Sam and Jane Bonfiglio. Tom was raised in Chicago and was a lifelong die-hard Cubs fan. Tom also proudly served in the U.S. Army. After finishing his time in the military, he had the opportunity to work in many different fields. He found his calling in the retail field and worked for many years at the Goldblatts Department Stores in Chicago. He soon became a buyer for many categories including stationery and music. While working for Goldblatts he met and married the love of his life Gail Wines in 1983.

In 1980 7-Eleven came to Chicago to recruit experienced retailers and Tom was offered a position with 7-Eleven in Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo sounded like a warmer spot after long cold Chicago winters! He worked for 7-Eleven until his retirement.

Tom and Gail moved to Heritage Ranch in 2006 and came to love the Fairview and Ranch community. Tom and his wife Gail loved to travel and had many great trips seeing the world. When home he looked forward to his Thursday night poker games and poker buddies at the club. Tom and Gail joined Creekwood United Methodist Church seven years ago and found a welcoming home with their church family.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Gail of 37 years and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a good man who will be missed by all who knew him.
Services will be on Monday November 23rd at Creekwood United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Creekwood United Methodist Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor David Lessner.

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I am so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. I worked for him for about 7 years at Goldblatts when he was a buyer and then Division Manager. It was my first office job and he taught me a lot. He was patient and funny. Obviously I have seen him in years. But he remained in my memory and appreciate what he taught me. My prayers and thoughts are with Gail and his family. Susan Michaels, December 27, 2020 Tom was a good friend of mine for 45 years. Yes, we were quite the Cubs fans. He was supportive of me in business and of my art. I knew of his illness, we surmised that it was cancer long before the nine doctors confirmed. He was smart, fun to be with and witty. The last time we spoke was May 24, 2020, I'm sorry he was in pain all of those months, he assured me he had tried his best to fight the disease; but then he always tried his best at everything. You are missed. Kathy Bond, November 28, 2020 We'll always return to Maui with Tom in our hearts.
Kelley and Melodie, November 22, 2020
Tom’s mark on this world is far and wide. He lived his life to love his beautiful Gail and to make sure she was surrounded by love all her life. Tom and Gail are part of our family and we have so many beautiful and fun memories with them. We remember Tom with his gin and tonic, a good book, a diehard Bears and Cubs fan and a wit like no other. He was caring, funny and happy, especially when he was in Hawaii with Gail. We made Tom be our treasurer on all of our Hawaii trips because he was the only one of us who could be trusted with our cash! We laugh every time we think of Tom driving over Gail’s toes in a golf cart on the Kapalua golf course! The look on Gail’s face was priceless! We played so many games of Mexican Train even though Gail won all the time. We danced and people-watched at the luaus, and were mesmerized watching the most beautiful sunsets together. Tom was the most handsome man at every luau, in his starched shirt and white shorts and he gazed into Gail’s eyes each time they danced. He adored her. We had such fun on the beach together, reading and talking and watching the beautiful water, debating current events or talking football and baseball. Of course, one of our favorite things to do was go eat! Tom always ordered the best food and we were jealous, unless he was eating a grilled cheese with pickles, a favorite lunch for him in Hawaii. We will forever see Tom in front of us, holding Gail’s hand, walking down the beach or through the outdoor shopping mall, always protecting and caring for all of us. We love you, Tom. You are our family and we are better because you are in our hearts and minds forever more.
Kelley and Melodie, November 22, 2020