Anthony Kujawa, Jr., of Temperance, MI, the retired President and CEO of Toledo Tool & Die Co. Inc., passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, January 30, 2017. He was 87.
Tony retired in 2004, shortly after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, from the company his father founded in 1941.
Born in Toledo, OH May 5, 1929 to Anthony and Martha (Wyrembek) Kujawa he graduated from Woodward High School and Davis Business College.
Tony began working with his father in the family business while still in high school and spent his entire career working at the company with his brothers, Walter, Frank and Stanley.
Under his leadership and that of his brothers, the family business grew from a small tool & die firm into a midsize metal stamping company specializing in automotive stamping and progressive die building.
Tony was a self-taught die designer who enjoyed creating innovative die design solutions for difficult to manufacture metal stampings. He held several patents for his design work.
Tony served in the Ohio National Guard and was called to active duty with the U.S. Army 37th Infantry Division during the Korean War.
Tony enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, collecting classic cars with his brother, Frank and attending classic car shows. He also enjoyed art, music and doing landscaping projects around his “mini farm” as he liked to call it.
Tony is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Walter and Frank. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy (Kleparek); sons, Anthony (Juliann) Kujawa III, Thomas Kujawa, David (Traci) Kujawa; brother, Stanley; grandchildren, Frances (Nate) Brink, Adam (Bianca Yatziri) Kujawa, Laura (Husein) Yaghnam; great-grandchildren, Della Brink, Anthony Louis Kujawa, Henry and Cate Yaghnam; and step-great grandson, Bruno Valdez Hernandez.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Urbanski’s Bedford Funeral Chapel, 8300 Lewis Avenue, Temperance, MI. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Regina Coeli Catholic Church, Toledo
where he will lie in state after 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by Lambertville VFW Post #9656.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Online condolences may be shared at www.bedfordfuneralchapel.com .