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William A. Tomazic

Obituary for William A. Tomazic

March 24, 1930 - July 4, 2017
Fairview Park, Ohio | Age 87


William A. Tomazic, 87, of Fairview Park, passed away July 4, 2017 surrounded by family. Beloved husband of 63 years of Michele Fenlon Tomazic; loving father of Mary Ellen Eakin (Tom), William Gerard, Ann Marie, Stephanie, Michele Marie Markarian (Greg), Christina Salvage (John); dear grandfather of Anthony Michael, Michaela, Jasper Sean, Zachary, and John Alexander. William ("Bill") grew up in Cleveland and Euclid and graduated from Euclid Central High School. He graduated cum laude from Case Institute of Technology, later earning a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering there. Bill worked at NACA which became NASA from 1953 to 1989 as an Aeronautical Research Scientist. He worked in the Rocket Lab at what was then NASA Lewis Research Center, testing different fuels to see which could take a rocket into space. His work eventually made possible the sending of a man to the moon, with the M1 Engine Project he worked on, now in the Smithsonian Institute, being an early consideration of the Space Program. The work of the team at NASA Lewis contributed to the Space Shuttle Program as well. Later Bill worked on the experimental, highly efficient Stirling engine.

Bill was an avid sports fan who played on the NASA softball team for many years, and enjoyed playing golf and tennis. He participated in Olympic style weightlifting for 60 years, as an enthusiast, contestant, host and official. He was an international Referee and a member of the National AAU Weightlifting Committee, officiating at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He coached the weightlifting team at the West Park YMCA, where he also served on the Board of Directors. Bill was also very proud of being the strength coach of the St. Edward High School Eagles football team during his retirement.

Bill's other hobbies included carpentry, gardening, and riding his Triumph motorcycle, which he did until the age of 85. He was an avid reader of historical and nonfiction books. He loved a spirited discussion and was a longtime fan of the Indians, Browns and Cavaliers.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Busch Funeral Home, 21369 Center Ridge Road, Fairview Park, at 2:00 pm. Cremation by Busch Crematory. 440-333-9774

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