Thomas R. Barlosky, also known as T-Bone, of Vineyard Haven died Thursday, Jan. 7. He was 60.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn., Tommy moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 1974 with the love of his life, Nancy. He built a successful painting and floor sanding business and took much pride in his work.

If you live on the Vineyard, there’s a good chance you knew T-Bone as he had many friends and was loved by so many. Tommy was known for his love of fishing and spending time on the water. He enjoyed going to Florida and soaking up the sun with his family and, of course, fishing.

And the fishing derby! The real world would come to an end each year when derby time arrived. Tommy was up before sunrise and back to the shore after sunset, always hoping to catch that prize-winning fish.

Eastville Beach was a favorite spot for Tommy. He often took his little dog Madison with him to the beach for walks — always making sure he had a water bowl and dog bones in his truck for her.

Although Tommy loved to fish, he didn’t like eating fish. He always shared his catches of fish and scallops with family, friends, and the wonderful men who worked with and for him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Casey Barlosky, his sons Tyrone of Vineyard Haven and John of Greenwich, Conn.; his daughter Lauren, her husband Josh and three-month old grandson Grayson Winpenny of Warwick, R.I.; his sister Bonnie Bishop and her husband Donnie of Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Marge and Thomas Barlosky.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. a the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home officiated by Pastor Marcia Buckley. Interment will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery on State Road in Vineyard Haven next to his in laws John and Marge Casey, whom he loved and to whom he was so kind. A reception will be held afterward at the family residence; please bring a dish to share.

Donations in Tommy’s name can be made to the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539 or the Vineyard Sober House, P.O. Box 4599, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

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