Even Superman deserves to rest peacefully.
Tom Farhat, husband and soulmate to Kari; dad to Susi (Matt) and Kelli (Sean); papa to Renae, Joey, Molli, Richie and Tommy; brother to Eddie — our superhero —left this earth on Thursday, Oct. 1 to enter heavenly rest after a long battle with cancer. To know Tom was to adore him. For his tireless willingness to help others in need. For his passion for cars (and amazing abilities with body work). For his love of the family business — professional wrestling — which he loved to talk about and carried on for many years with his brother. You won’t find a more loyal friend —which is why so many in our community feel robbed of his presence, taken far too young at 57 from this terrible disease. Tom was a fighter until the end though, often seen working on cars in his shop through multiple rounds of chemo and radiation because it brought him joy in the face of hardship. If you have a vehicle painted by Tom, cherish it — there’s magic in all he touched. His passing leaves a hole in this world that won’t be refilled — but also a legacy of caring and passion that lives on through his children and grandchildren. He will no doubt be missed by everyone who had the lucky opportunity to call him friend. In addition to his immediate family mentioned above, Tom is survived by nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends too countless to mention by name but loved greatly nonetheless. We take comfort knowing he is now with his parents Joyce and Sheik Farhat, his son-in-law Joe Cox, and other cherished family, finally resting easy, free from the pain of his earthly body. Special thanks to his nurses at Heartland Hospice, Taryn, Rene and Amy, for helping make his final days as peaceful as possible. Understanding our world continues to face real challenges with COVID-19, we would still like to invite those who feel comfortable to join the family for a memorial luncheon in Tom's honor at noon on Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Williamston Roadhouse (3700 E Grand River Rd, Williamston, MI 48895). Please feel free to dress casually and join us for a short program with a chaplain, after which we invite anyone who'd like to share stories and thoughts to do so. There will be indoor and outdoor seating and the family asks everyone attending to be mindful of social distancing and mask wearing, giving the close quarters. Lastly, those with a classic car they'd like to bring out, we'd love to line them up along the front (north) side of the parking lot so all those driving by can see one of Tom's great loves displayed as we pay tribute to him. Special thanks to Scott and Deb Simmons for their generosity and friendship. Remember this: not all superheroes wear capes. Some have paint splattered hands, wear Chevy t-shirts and drive anything — cars, boats, snowmobiles — as fast as they’ll go (except on the expressway). Being a superhero isn’t about where you were born or the powers you have or what you wear on your chest — it's about the impact you make on this world. Tom Farhat was a superhero for all these reasons and more. May he rest in power and peace.
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