It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas Punkari at 58 years old on Monday, October 11, 2021, after a short battle with cancer. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Mary Katherine (MK) and they built their lives together for 36 years. Together they raised two sons, Blake Punkari (Daughter-in-law Brianne Olsen) and Kyle Punkari. He was a father figure to Emily Lumbama and Angel Poitras (Fiancé Sylvain Larcher) as well as many foster children. He was PapaBear to six Grandchildren that made his heart so happy, Alliah, Christopher, Divon, Keegan, Ezra and Xavier. Tom was the loving son of Robert and Eleanor Punkari (predeceased) and brother to Brent (Wife Sharon). He will be missed by his Nephews Breeyn Burnett and Eric Punkari as well as his Niece Katrina Punkari and her two daughters. He was an inspiration and so much more to so many people. He was a passionate and well-respected drag racer (Bully Breed Racing) and proud board member of the Sudbury District Motorsports Association. He will be missed by family, friends, racing family, and co-workers. The Punkari family would like to thank all that reached out to Tom as well as the phenomenal nurses and doctors at Health Sciences North. In keeping with Tom’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service, a Celebration of Life will be held in the future. He is burning rubber. He’s got the holeshot. He is racing at great heights, catching them at the end, watching them in his rear-view mirror.