Obituaries: Tom Florek

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday December 13, 2023
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Tom Florek
Tom Florek

October 30, 1957 — October 7, 2023

Our brother and friend, Tom Florek, died suddenly in his sleep at his San Francisco home on October 7, 2023. Tom was born in Warsaw, Poland on October 30, 1957. He spoke four languages and was proud of his Polish heritage. After his parents immigrated to the U.S., Tom joined them at the age of 8. Tom lived with his family in Palo Alto, Dallas, and Newton, Massachusetts, where he graduated from high school. He moved from Boston to San Francisco in 1984. He worked at the San Francisco Visitors Bureau for many years, and most recently at The Home Depot.

Tom enjoyed travel, scuba diving, his motorcycle, and relaxing at his vacation house in Clearlake Oaks, California.

Tom was fiercely loyal to family and friends. He was intensely private, innately intelligent, and didn't suffer fools gladly. Never sentimental, Tom enjoyed small gatherings over good food and conversation. Leaving us too soon, Tom would have been pleased to die quickly, without any memorial fuss.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Vladimir; his mother, Eva; and his brother, Peter. He is survived by his sister Kathryn, of Concord, California; and his nephew, Robert, of Thailand. His friends and family mourn him deeply.

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