Thomas R. Mignanelli, 83, of Methuen passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House. Born in Methuen, he was the son of the late Giacomo “Sharkey” and Ida (Longo) Mignanelli-Wlodyka.
Tom was raised and educated in Methuen. He and his father owned and operated Sharkey’s Barber Shop in Methuen. He also was co-owner of the Kenya Club, Sharkey’s Club, and the Tower Hill Variety Store, all in Lawrence. After his retirement, he worked as a bartender at the Roma Restaurant in Bradford and Rockingham Park in Salem, NH.
Tom was a Korean veteran and served with the U.S. Airforce. He was a lifetime member of the D.A.V. and also volunteered his time at the V.A. Hospital in Manchester, NH. Family was everything to him. He loved and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed painting bird houses.
He was predeceased by his wife, Sandra (Lord) Mignanelli and his brother, James Mignanelli.
Tom is survived by his son, Jack Roy and his wife Joan of Haverhill; daughters, Kimberly Dittrich and her husband Joseph of Salem, NH and Laurie Grant and her husband Keith of Methuen; brothers, Clement Wlodyka of FL, Edward “Gene” Wlodyka and his wife Sue of Salem, NH; and sister, Jeanette DeNuccio of Methuen. He also leaves seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery in Haverhill. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the D.A.V., PO Box 374, Lawrence, MA 01842 or Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. For directions or to send condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.