Thomas MatulisFebruary 17, 1954 ~ December 27, 2017 (age 63)
Thomas Matulis, 63, of Torrington, CT passed away of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, 12/27/2017. Tom was born 2/17/1954 and was the son of Susan and Anthony Matulis. In addition to his wife of 24 years, Diane Matulis, he is survived by one brother, two children, three step children, one step granddaughter and one step great-grandson.
He graduated from Litchfield Highschool in 1972, and continued his education at Waterbury State Technical College, University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University and Eastern Connecticut State University. His career began with his working at Auto Parts Center, Litchfield Hills Regional Planning Agency, Village Garage, Simsbury High School, FL Aerospace, and Midland Ross. He finalized his career by teaching at Oliver Wolcott Technical School. He team-taught blueprint reading with Paul Roberts. He had many fond memories of those days and always wished he could go back.
Tom is best known for his addiction to cars and trucks. Stock or modified, it didn’t matter, he loved them all, as long as they were put together well. He belonged to several car and truck clubs, the most prominent being the Connecticut Volkswagen Association (CVA). He was right there when the club began in 1985. In 1988 he began working with Chuck Pisconski at the Litchfield Bug In and later at the Terryville Bug A Fair, running the swap areas. He tried to hit all the car shows and swap-meets that were humanly possible, and I think he did just that.
A family memorial will be held privately. A car show is being planned for the Spring 2018 when we can all get together to remember and honor Tom.
Donations can be sent to a scholarship in Tom’s name that is being set up for students at OWTS interested in continuing their education. Please send donations to Tom Matulis Scholarship, c/o Jim Morrow, 109 Marcia Drive, Torrington, CT 06790.
Please post your pictures and stories so that we can keep Tom in our memories, and chuckle at the great life we shared!