Thomas J. Accardo,
Published Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Thomas J. Accardo,
age 86, of Bemidji, MN, formerly Cass Lake, MN, entered into rest surrounded
by family, Saturday, February 28, 2009 in North Country Regional Hospital,
A Time to Share
will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 10:30 a.m., at Olson-Schwartz Funeral
Home, Bemidji, Minn., with Father Antony Fernando officiating. The funeral
service and burial will be held Saturday morning, March 7, 2009 at Cumberland
Funeral Chapel, 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, IL. Visitation will be
Friday, March 6 at the chapel from 3-9 p.m.
He was born August
17, 1922 in Chicago, Ill. to Rose and Vincent Accardo. He was baptized
and confirmed at St. Philips Catholic Church, in Chicago and attended
school at St. Philips Catholic School in Chicago.
While in school, he was scouted by the Chicago Cubs and signed a professional
baseball contract in 1939. Tom played professional baseball with the Cubs
organization from 1939 until 1954. He set many records including best
batting average and most stolen bases in a season. After leaving baseball,
he worked as a foreman at Stewart Warner Corp. In 1956, he purchased property
on the west shore of Cass Lake, Minn., which became Toms Resort.
He built the resort into one of the largest resorts in northern Minnesota.
In 2006, at the time he sold the property, it had 30 cabins, a restaurant,
a bar, a pool and a harbor. For the 50 years he ran the business, he touched
many lives, inspired many people and was loved by all. He was an avid
fisherman and well known guide, personally catching a dozen walleyes over
10 pounds, the largest being 13.5 pounds. He also loved to cook, especially
pies, bread and meatballs. His restaurant was famous for Italian night
and fish fries. He often remarked that the guests of his resort were like
his extended family. In 2006, he moved to a town home in the Vista North
development in Bemidji, Minn.
He is survived
by a son, Vincent M. (Kris) Accardo of Colleyville, Texas; 3 daughters,
Laura M. (Dana) Canty of Minneapolis, Minn., Margaret K. Accardo of St.
Cloud, Minn. and Tommi J. Accardo of St. Cloud, Minn.; significant other,
Linda Howard of Bemidji, Minn.; and her children, Lorie A. (Donnie) Howard
of Bemidji, Minn., Loren J. Howard of Cass Lake, Minn. and James E. Headbird
of Bemidji, Minn.; 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded
in death by his parents; daughter, Rose M. Alm; 3 brothers, Joseph, Michael
and Anthony Accardo.