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Fontana, Thomas “Tom” F.

Fontana, Thomas “Tom” F.

February 22, 1948 — February 17, 2021

Thomas “Tom” F. Fontana passed away Feb. 17, 2021, at the age of 72. Tom was born Feb. 22, 1948, in Kansas City, Missouri to Frank and Margaret (Scimeca) Fontana and lived there his entire life. At the age of 16 he earned his private pilots license. He graduated from Rockhurst High School, Class of 1966 and in 1970 graduated from UMKC. Tom enjoyed a career as a broadcast engineer that spanned four decades. Hired in 1969, he helped sign KMBA-TV, channel 41 on the air in 1970. His career continued through the transition to KSHB-TV, channel 41. In 1998 after 29 years, he moved to KMBC-TV, Channel 9 where he worked 12 years before retiring in 2010.

In keeping with Tom’s loving and giving spirit, it was his decision to donate life so others may live it. Tom’s final act was to give the gift of life through organ donation.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years Edwina (Bringe) Fontana; his sons, Michael (Violet) and Paul; his daughter, Elizabeth (Scott); step-daughters Erica (Andrew) and Tiffany; granddaughters Rebecca and Lauren; and step-grandchildren Brayden, Jalen, Emersen, Carson, Madysen, and Alivia; his brother, Phillip (Alexandra); and nephew Alexander.

Please join us in celebrating his life on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel located at 1640 North RT 291, Liberty, MO 64068. Visitation from 10:00-11:00 AM, Service from 11:00-11:30 AM with the Burial to follow at White Chapel Cemetery located at 6600 NE Antioch Road, Kansas City, MO 64119.

Live Stream can be found at: https://zoom.us/j/94794462024?pwd=NC84cDRZQjZIMDNHNG5nWWxkdUhPdz09

Or by going to zoom.us and entering the following:
Meeting ID: 947 9446 2024
Password: Fontana

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kansas City Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis at https://www.kcpulmonaryfibrosis.org/donation

Service Information

Please join us in celebrating his life on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel located at 1640 North RT 291, Liberty, MO 64068. Visitation from 10:00-11:00 AM, Service from 11:00-11:30 AM with the Burial to follow at White Chapel Cemetery located at 6600 NE Antioch Road, Kansas City, MO 64119.

Live Stream can be found at: https://zoom.us/j/94794462024?pwd=NC84cDRZQjZIMDNHNG5nWWxkdUhPdz09

Or by going to zoom.us and entering the following:
Meeting ID: 947 9446 2024
Password: Fontana

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kansas City Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis at https://www.kcpulmonaryfibrosis.org/donation

Fontana, Thomas “Tom” F.'s Guestbook

To Edwina and all of Tom's family....please accept our deepest sympathy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of healing and grief. Dave and Shirley Bennett

Dave Bennett

So sorry to learn of Tom's passing. I was Business Manager at KBMA/KSHB-TV from 1972-1993. Tom was a great engineer and contributed greatly to the growth of the station in the early days of the station. Working in the engineering hut at the base of the WDAF/KBMA tower was a real challenge in the early days. Tom was also instrumental in the move to the new building location on Oak St. We reconnected on Facebook and I always enjoyed his comments. My condolences to Tom's family and all who knew him.

Bill Hankins

I was so saddened to hear about Tom; and my heart goes out to his whole family. Praying God's peace and gentle comfort to you all.

Marilyn Welsch – North Cross UMC

Edwina and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Tom's life demonstrated a givers heart and even his final acts were those that impacted lives. Wishing you comfort and strength in the days ahead. Psalm 23

Michelle Forrest

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