Age 94, of Greentree, formerly Kennedy Twp. and Hankey Farms, peacefully passed away December 7, 2020 due to Covid-19. Born in Pittsburgh's Woods Run area of the Northside on November 23, 1926. Tom was a WWII Navy Veteran who retired from Allegheny County Airport Authority in 1992 after 16 years of service in Operations at Pittsburgh International Airport. Prior to ACAA, Tom had 25 years of tenure in the Transportation Department of Allis Chalmers. He was a 1944 graduate of Oliver High School and regularly attended the school's reunion luncheons as one of the oldest alumni. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he received a B.S. in Transportation from the University of Pittsburgh. A man of faith, Tom was a longtime member of St. Columbkille Church and most recently, St. Malachy Church. Tom was a personable, good natured, and kind-hearted man who had never met a stranger and was a friend to all. He devoted his life to providing a loving and caring home to his late wife of 62 years, Bernadine "Bernie," and his five children. His love of family, friends, sports and conversation were the hallmarks of his life. Pap Pap enjoyed cheering on his grandchildren at sporting events and was the biggest fan of their accomplishments in life. In addition, he cherished yearly trips to the beach with his family and playing with his great-grandchildren. Tom was also very proud of his Croatian heritage and enjoyed spending his summer weekends commiserating with family and friends at weekly picnics held at the Croatian Center in Schuetzen Park, Millvale, PA. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Tom leaves behind five children, Thomas Garbin (Sharon), Paul Garbin (Dorian), Daniel Garbin (Ann "Prin"), Lisa Leonard (Jim), and Christopher Garbin (Diane); 12 grandchildren, Pamela Tobias (Matt), Tom Garbin (Erin), Ryan Garbin (Gina), Steve Garbin, Matt Garbin, Megan Leonard, Alex Leonard, Luke Garbin, Andrew Leonard, Anna Leonard, David Leonard, and Jack Garbin; five great-grandchildren, Avery Tobias, Owen Tobias, Gino Garbin, Benjamin Garbin, and Alex Garbin; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Margaret Garbin, and Catherine Garbin (step-mother); his sister, Agnes Tapler and Margie Hilliah (step-sister). Tom was extremely well cared for in his final years and last moments by the employees of Harbour Senior Living of South Hills and St. Clair Hospital Covid-19 unit, respectively. The entire Garbin family is forever grateful for their dedication and services. Due to the current health conditions and CDC guidelines, SERVICES WILL BE PRIVATE at the SCHEPNER-McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, 165 Noble Ave., Pgh. (Crafton), PA 15205 (412-921-3661).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tom's name to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pgh., PA 15212 or Archangel Gabriel's Parish, 5718 Steubenville Pike, Robinson Twp., PA 15136. Burial will be with full military honors.
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