OBITUARY: Thomas Ray Colanero


Thomas Ray Colanero, age 73 of Lebanon, Tennessee passed away peacefully at his home on September 20, 2023.

Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1972 and enjoyed a successful career in the chemical industry for 45 years. Tom is remembered for his joyful disposition, sense of humor, and wisdom.

He was a friend and neighbor to all and had the most generous spirit. He loved golfing, fishing, reading and was always outside with his dogs or completing DIY projects around his home. Most importantly, he was a proud husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending his time with family, especially his granddaughters. Reading to them, playing with them, and seeing them smile made his day.

Tom was born in Monongah, WV to Elizabeth Milush and Philip Colanero.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Philip J. Colanero, Jr.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Juliet Khuri Colanero; his son and his wife, Christopher and Rose Colanero; his granddaughters, Adira Rey and Leia Rose Colanero; his “bonus son” Wani Hakim; his three sisters and their husbands, Paulette & John Paul O’Connor, Annette & Mark Davis, Cathy & Mike Johnson and brother James & Debbie Colanero; and his cherished pets, Peyton and Moses.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 in the chapel of Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon, TN. The Family will be receiving friends at the Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. until the service begins at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a cause that was dear to Tom’s heart.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393.


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