Like a true fisherman, Thomas Maldonado passed away on the morning of June 14, 2022, in Pittsburgh. He was the son of the late Albino Maldonado and Cecilia (Kelly) Yniguez and the husband of Patricia (Ackerman) Maldonado. Thomas was best known for his love of fishing and would never miss an opportunity to pass on his true passion for catching the biggest fish. His nearly perfect attendance at the annual Lake Emily Fishing Derby was one of his greatest adventures. He would take his children, grandchildren, and in later years, any neighborhood kid that wanted to attend. He enjoyed watching The Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and any sporting event on tv. If anyone listened, he would tell stories of his fishin' trips while scratching off his bingo tickets. He religiously played his daily numbers, sometimes even lucky enough to win. As an Army Veteran and retiree from Riverside Nursing Home, his stories traveled throughout the years and touched many people.
In addition to his wife, Thomas is survived by children, Albert (Lori) Maldonado, Thomas (Melissa) Maldonado, Kara Maldonado, John Wood, Peggy Wood, and Patty (Ray) Skipper; brothers, Apollo Yniguez, Jim Yniguez, and Gil (Pat) Yniguez; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many family members. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Albino "Sonny" Maldonado, Robert Maldonado, Daniel Maldonado, Harry Maldonado and sister, Elvira (Yniguez) Carter. Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com. Charles Danforth, Supervisor
Originally published June 16, 2022.