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Thomas "T.J." J. Papic

January 23, 1984 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 39) 39 Years Old
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Thomas "T.J." Papic Obituary

SALEM - Thomas James Papic, known affectionately as T.J. by his friends and family, passed away at Salem Regional Medical Center, at the age of 39 after surviving several major heart attacks in recent years and being diagnosed with heart disease. He succumbed to another attack on January 5, 2024.

He was born on January 23, 1984, in Salem, the son of Sandra DiAntonio and the late Steven Papic. Thomas was a beloved son, brother, and friend known for his kindness, humor, and friendly demeanor. Thomas was known for his infectious laugh.

Thomas attended Salem Senior High School and graduated with the Class of 2002. Thomas held a wide range of occupations but fell in love with cooking and worked at many local restaurants. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, bringing the same enthusiasm to game days as he did to every plate he served. He also loved home remodeling and working on vehicles. Thomas had a love for technology and had a knack for building computers, a hobby that showcased his meticulous nature and problem-solving skills. This interest was yet another avenue through which he connected with those around him, often helping friends and family with their tech troubles.

Thomas is survived by his loving mother, Sandra DiAntonio of Salem; his brother, Phillip Scott Papic and wife Michelle of Salem; his brother, Jacob Graybeal of Fayetteville, N.C.; and his sister, Megan Papic of Lisbon, his life-long partner Kala Craig of Salem, as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and his beloved Husky, Aryiah. He was predeceased by his father, Steven Papic and both his maternal and paternal grandparents. Thomas's family was the cornerstone of his life, he cherished the time he spent surrounded by their love and support.

Those who knew Thomas will remember him not just for the joy he brought into their lives but, for the everyday kindness he showed to everyone he met. His humor was a beacon of light, and his friendly approach to life made him a cherished presence in the Salem community.

The loss of Thomas James Papic will be deeply felt by his family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of knowing him. As we say goodbye to Thomas, we also celebrate the indelible mark he left on our hearts and the countless memories that will continue to bring smiles to our faces. His spirit, full of kindness and laughter, will live on in the stories we share and the love we hold for him.

Thomas’s legacy is one of love, laughter and the power of kindness. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

Friends and family will be received from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Thursday, January 11, 2024 at Stark Memorial Funeral Home, 1014 E.  State St. Salem, OH 44460.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 1:00 PM at Stark Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Jon Long officiating.

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Calling Hours
January 11, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Stark Memorial
1014 East State Street
Salem, OH 44460

Funeral Service
January 11, 2024

1:00 PM
Stark Memorial
1014 East State Street
Salem, OH 44460


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