Fund established to honor 9/11 responder Thomas K. Kontizas Greater Pike Community Foundation announces creation of new fund to remember 'a filled to the brim with passion'
Tom Kontizas (right), New York City firefighter (Photo provided)
MILFORD — The Greater Pike Community Foundation on Tuesday announced the creation of a fund to honor Thomas K. Kontizas, a New York City firefighter for 22 years and 9/11 First Responder. Kontizas died this year after a courageous battle with AML, a type of leukemia disproportionately experienced by 9/11 first responders. The Kontizas Fund was established by Karen A. Kontizas, his wife of 44 years. “Tom loved moving to Pike County, a love he expressed in many ways," she said. "The fund will honor Tommy and his legacy of generosity and love.” Amy Ferris, a longtime friend of the Kontizas family, said “Tom Kontizas was a filled to the brim with passion. He lived his life to the fullest, he savored life, he loved life, and he adored and cherished his gorgeous Karen, and she him. Theirs was a true love story. His bravery and his concern for all shone brightly, and never dulled on the days that followed 9/11. He loved his family and his friends and he was as loyal as the day was long. If he loved you, you could do no wrong, if you did him wrong, he would find ways to love you. There will be no other like him.” Tom and Karen, lived in Dingman’s Ferry and were frequent volunteers for community activities. “It has been heartwarming to see so many of Tom and Karen’s friends and family contribute to the Kontizas Fund,” said Greater Pike’s Executive Director, Jenni Hamill. Grants from the new fund will support efforts that were important to the Kontizas family, including first responders and emergency services, the arts and social services. Contributions to The Kontizas Fund, or any other Greater Pike Fund can be made by contacting Jenni Hamill, Executive Director at 570-832-4686 For more information email email@example.com or visit greaterpike.org.