My dad Thomas R. Darland "Corky" 71 of Buffalo City, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on August 23rd at Gunderson medical center. Thomas was born on December 2nd, 1949 in Marinette, Wisconsin. Before Tom moved to Chicago he was a farmer in Wisconsin, which was his true passion in life. Tom moved to Chicago later and worked as a brick layer, welder and carpenter. Tom moved to Wisconsin when he retired with his daughter, son in law and soul mate where he enjoyed watching the farmers work, having a garden, feeding the birds and riding around town in his Golf cart. Tom had a soul full of love and he was always so full of life. Tom loved his family unconditionally. My dad put all of his love into being the best brother, son, and father that he could be. He will be missed truly and deeply. People that are in heaven with him: parents, Clarence Earl and Elizabeth (Martin) Darland; Son, Gary Matera; sister, Dolly Dahl and her husband Glen. Brother in law, Glen McCoy; Tanya McCoy, Tom’s niece. People who are still here to cherish Tom’s memory: Daughter and son in law, Sara Darland and Dave Barnhart; his Soul mate, Sue Ranieri sistes and brother in law Sally & Pete Sanchez and Carol McCoy; brother and sister in law, John and Eileen Darland, nieces and their husbands, Anna McCoy and Frank Dobson, Lisa McCoy and Jim Stahl Jennifer McCoy and her Ravi Dhillon; nephew, Tommy Dahl And 17 nieces and nephews along with great nieces and nephews. A memorial service to celebrate Tom’s life will be held at a later date in both Buffalo City and later in Chicago.
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