Age 94, passed away December 21, 2016. He was born October 31, 1922, in Haverhill, MA. Tommy was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army, Logistics Division; specializing as an intelligence photographer for European operations, which resulted in photography being a favorite hobby throughout his lifetime. His post-military career endeavors were as the lead men’s retail clothing buyer for various department stores in the midwest; including J.W. Knapp Co., which brought the family to Lansing, his wife Connie’s hometown. In 1978, Tommy purchased a tavern in Lansing’s Old Town, which he subsequently renamed the Unicorn Tavern and personally operated almost until his passing. Many visitors to Old Town and the Unicorn will remember Tommy from his gregarious personality and the many engaging stories he shared from his long life. Tommy was also a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, and he was greatly proud of his Greek heritage.
Tommy was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Connie in 2001; and by infant daughter, Elaina. Surviving are: his daughter, Nancy Malvetis; son, Alec Malvetis; granddaughter, Caryn (Judd) Thornton; sister/brother-in-law, Betsy & Gus Carantza; brother-in-law, James Sinadinos; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to recognize and express sincerest gratitude to all of the medical staff who cared for Tommy; in particular, Dr. Michael Kowalczyk, Caitlyn Schaller, P.A., Dr. Rao Bandi and Dr. Amit Ghose.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1701 E. Saginaw St., Lansing, with Fr. Mark Sietsema officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. His family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday, with a Trisagion service at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church or Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be left for his family at www.EstesLeadley.com.