Thomas George Back



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Thomas George Back passed away October 11, 2023, after a short intense battle with illness. Tom was born March 11, 1950, in Detroit, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Polly Back; and brother, John. Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara Lovinger; children, Kendra Back (Mitch Ponstein); and Garret (Lauren) Back; along with grandchildren, Benson, James, Eloise, and Graham who he adored. Also surviving are his brother, Jim (Tina) Back; and nephews and nieces. Tom was a kind, hardworking man who is missed so very much. At this time, a private family memorial will be planned. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to a charity or hospice of your choice.

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  1. So sorry to see this. Prayers for comfort and ✌️✌️✌️✌️peace ✌️✌️✌️✌️to you and all the family.

  2. Barb, I am so sorry to read this about Tom ! I didn’t realize he was ill. He was such a sweet man and I know how hard it is to lose a husband ! Cherish your memories and hold tight to your children . You will all get thru it together, it is a pain that never goes away but he would want you to be happy ….. love you girl ! Abby

  3. Passing on my love and sympathy to all of you. Mr. Back was a very wonderful neighbor to have growing up.

  4. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Tom was a great friend and person. He will be missed by all of his fellow ball players down here in the Detroit Metro area.
    This was shocking news to all of us.
    May he rest in peace.

  5. Bob and I are so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. How many terrific memories we have of all those weekends spent together during the softball days. He was a kind, fun loving gentleman. Barb and family, please accept our sincere condolences. RIP dear friend. We will think of you often.

  6. God bless my neighborhood friend Tom Back for almost 70 years. God bless Barbara and children and May Tom rest in peace. Tim Nowicki

  7. So sad. Known Tom for around 50 years. Watched him play softball with my husband, Jim. I think he he may have been partially responsible for the tequila at our wedding . Ran into Tom walking the pier in Grand haven this summer and had a chit chat about what was happening in our lives. Will miss seeing him around town.

  8. Oh Barb, such a loss for you and your family. I have such wonderful memories of being tog. Sending love and prayers 🙏🙏❤️❤️

  9. Absolutely stunned!!
    So sorry to hear about your tragic loss.
    So many wonderful memories during those many softball years and beyond.
    I choose to remember his smile, competitiveness, frank discussions, and his being a dad.
    May the many wonderful story lines of his life help you, your family, and all of your friends through the grief.

  10. I’m so sorry for the pain you must be feeling Barb. Tom was so kind and we will always remember the fun times with our boys at sporting events and Don Pedro Florida💚
    May his memory be a blessing!

  11. Dan and I are deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that you have our support as you get through this heartbreaking time.

  12. I’m a golf league friend of Tom’s and so sorry to hear of his passing and your loss. We always enjoyed competing and the camaraderie afterwards. Love to your family.

    Mike Poggi

  13. Thinking of you Barb and your family during this difficult time. We send our love.

  14. We are so surprised and shocked to read this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Art and Betsy

  15. So surprised to hear this. I just met Tom in golf league this year and truly enjoyed his company. He had a great smile and was always so encouraging. He will be missed. Sending our condolences to his family.

  16. We’re so sorry to hear about your loss, Barb. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Mark & Jennifer

  17. Barb,
    Susie and I send our love and prayers to you and your family. Tom’s smile and kind heart will be a lasting legacy in my mind. God Bless.
    Jeff Schreur

  18. I golfed at CHCC with Tom many times on our Thursday night league. I also enjoyed his company. He will be missed by me and many others at “the club”.

  19. Barb,
    Thinking of you and many fun times meeting up on Thursdays & South Haven. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Praying that you will find strength, Love and healing.

  20. Barbara, I was so shocked to hear about Tom’s passing. It really doesn’t seem possible. I send my sincere condolences to you and your family.

  21. Barb, so hard to believe that Tom has passed. My heart goes out to you and your children. May you all find peace in the days to come. Keep close the memories as you will find comfort in them. Prayers and sympathy to all of you.

  22. Barb
    So surprised and saddened to hear about Tom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Tom was a life long friend of almost 70 years. The many memories growing up with Tom playing sports, school, etc. are priceless. He will be missed by many.

  23. Barb, Totally shocked! Tom was a close friend throughout the ‘70’s , ‘80’s with softball and MSU football. We shared so many times and comparable careers. Our sincere condolences.

  24. Barb and family….my heart hurts for you all! Tom was a beautiful man inside and out whose love for you all was so evident at every event we shared! Barb especially his love for you…..may God wrap you in his arms at this difficult time!

  25. Barb, Kendra and Garret we are so sorry about the passing of your husband and father. He was such a great supporter of FHC. Always such a kind and soft spoken man who will be missed and cherished.
    Love, Mike and Mary Beth McMahon

  26. Sue and I send our love and prayers to you and family. We have many fond memories at MSU with Tom over the years that will always be remembered. Steve Stormzand

  27. I grew up with Tom in Detroit and we were classmates and friends in elementary school, middle school, high school and we both went to Michigan State. I just learned of his death yesterday from a roommate at MSU who called to tell me of the death of our joint friend, Tim Nowicki. Tom was a great friend and a terrific athlete as well. I am sure he was a blessing to all those who knew him after MSU. My prayers go out to all of his friends and family.

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