Walter F. Tomczak of Viera, Florida passed away peacefully on July 28, 2021.
Walter was born in Chicago, Ill, on May 10, 1922
Walter was a member of the Greatest Generation, serving his country as an infantryman in the U.S. Army with the 81st Infantry Division during World War II. Walter fought in the South Pacific in numerous locations, most notably Guadalcanal, the Palau Islands, and the Philippines. An accomplished musician, Walter enjoyed playing his trumpet with his fellow bandmates when combat operations would allow.
Following the war, Walter returned to Chicago and joined the Sporting Goods industry as a Design Engineer-Consultant for Riddell Athletic, and later with Bike Athletic/Medalist Gladiator. In this capacity, Walter was widely recognized for his innovation and development of athletic protective gear for the football, baseball, and water ski industry, and is credited with several patents to his name.
Most important to Walter was his love for his wife Helen, his family, and his Catholic faith, followed closely by his passion for golf, cold beer, bread with dinner, and hot black coffee.
Walter is survived by his wife Helen, to whom he was married 75 years, a daughter: Lynn (Michael) Gebaide of Mt. Dora FL, and four sons: Robert (Karen) of Palmer, AK, David (Deborah) of Viera, FL, Jeffrey (Kay) of Dumfries, VA, Peter (Dora) of Fairfax Station, VA, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
Walter is a long-time member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Viera, Fl, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
A Memorial Mass will be held for Walter at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church on Tuesday September 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. John the Evangelist in Viera Church Building Fund.
Burial will be held at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, FL.
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