Month: October 2017

Happy Birthday Theresa, My Sweet Pea!

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Theresa Zerbarini
Thomas Zerbarini’s precious Sweat Pea Theresa Zerbarini.

Today is my Sweet Pea’s 8th birthday. I wish I could tell her Happy Birthday and give her a big hug and kiss from her Daddy. I miss her so much I’d scoop her up, hold onto her all day and just talk about anything and everything we’ve missed and all the fun things she wants to do and see.

Her Daddy has a broken heart and tears up with Love and sadness when he thinks about her, how much he has missed. I last saw my precious Theresa when she was 4 years old. The last words I have heard her speak are “I Love my Daddy and I miss my Daddy.”

Theresa Zerbarini with Daddy
Theresa, Tom and the kids rough housing in the Living room.

Theresa was always so energetic, happy, laughing and joking around with big grinning smiles. Now, all I see in pictures is a drawn face and sad disconnected smile. I’m sad too Sweat Pea; I’m looking forward to turning our frowns upside down real soon. Your Daddy never forgot you or gave up on us. I know it’s been so long, frustrating and confusing for everyone we have to patient and steadfast in our resolve. I love my children too much to make hasty mistakes.

I have the truth and facts in our favor and we simply have to be patient. Get ready because there is a super bright light at the end of this tunnel for all of us.

I Love you so very very much my Sweet Pea, my tiny Theresa! She always has and always will have a special place in my heart and soul just for her.

Theresa and Daddy together
Theresa and Daddy at the Smith 50th posing for a group photo.

From a Loving Grieving Father–Theresa’s Daddy

Thomas Zerbarini Children on Fathers Day!
Thomas Zerbarini Children on Fathers Day in South Carolina.



Happy Birthday Matthew, Kiddo! My Son!

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I miss my boy immensely. I want to wish him a very Happy Birthday from the warmest center of my heart. I keep him and his brother and sisters in my heart and thoughts daily.

Matthew the handsome
My handsome boy, Thomas Zerbarini

I deeply love my son, my heart hurts to be separated from him and his brother and sisters, especially for this long. I wish Matthew the happiest Birthday wish a Father could wish his son. I’m so proud of him and his accomplishments at school; and, his taking care of Alexandria, Theresa and John…I know he is because that’s the kind and caring hearted person he was, going above and beyond to help others and make them feel better.


The best Birthday gift I can give him now (besides the cool Robot kit) is the assurance that I LOVE him dearly and I’m standing up to the Bullies that have ripped us and this family apart–We will be reunited soon; and, we’ll have the rest of our lives to make up and rebuild all we have lost, including:

  • Our talks, helping him through life ups-and-downs, like battling evil forces…
Matthew Vs Darth Vader 3
Matthew light saber fighting with Darth Vader with Alexandria and Thomas Zerbarini
  • Helping him with school and relationships, school can be fun you know…
Here comes the bus...
Here comes the bus…
  • Teaching him to drive the Golf Cart and eventually his own Car…
Our Golf Cart, Thomas Zerbarini
Our Golf Cart, Thomas Zerbarini
  • Teaching him how to fly and take care of airplanes…
Great Day for Flying! Thomas Zerbarini
Great Day for Flying! Fueling up in Alabama. Thomas Zerbarini
  • Our BIG hugs and just spending fun time together…


  • Our missed vacations Skiing, Water Park, Camping, Sailing, and just being adventurous, like when he and everyone came to work to surprise me on Fathers Day…


  • Seeing him perform and compete in school events, swimming and Cross Country running. I look forward to recapturing and making new memories with him.

Even as I write this, I know those surrounding him have stepped up their pressured influence, manipulation and continued mantra of untrue statements. They will continue to say things like “your Dad’s a manipulator,” and, “your Dad will lie and say anything…” and, “there’s something broken in his head,” even, “Daddy did this to us, it’s all his fault…” Those and all their hateful statements are simply untrue. I am firmly planted in the truth and I relish the day I will prove it to him and his siblings this December.

If I could, I would share with Matthew a statement from a young teenage girl that was ripped from her father. During a divorce, the other parent wanted full custody and control over the children. The teenage girl was coerced by surrounding family members, therapists and social workers. The conflicting feeling inside her to what they were saying  eventually helped her realize that the truth resided in her. So, she wanted to share something very important to other kids dealing with the same thing she went through…

Advice from an Alienated child...
Advice from an Alienated child…

All my LOVE Matthew, I miss him so very much!


Turning wrenches on the Piper Arrow in Peachtree City.

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Thomas Zerbarini at the hanger in Peachtree City GA working on the Piper Arrow.

We were busy all day last Monday turning wrenches and removing all four cylinders on the Piper Arrow. It was a gorgeous day and a lot of friends and fellow aviators were out and about at the airport.

Nice Day for Aircraft Mx Thomas Zerbarini
Nice Day for Aircraft Mx here in Peachtree City, GA. Thomas Zerbarini

It’s been years since I worked on an airplane like this. We used to work on our own planes, under certified mechanic supervision of course, when we owned the flight school on Long Island, NY. It’s important to be organized and get your game face on when working on airplanes.

Tom's Monkey Wrench Face
Getting my Monkey Wrench face on to remove the cylinder bolts.

With the right tools and great guidance from the supervising mechanic, the work is easy and fun. It’s incredible how clean and like new this engine is on the inside and out.


Just look at the inside of this engine. It’s very impressive.

Cylinder inside view
This is a 1973 original IO-360 cylinder on the inside.

We originally intended to replace all the cylinder with new ones; but, when we saw how clean and like new they were, we just cleaned them up and reinstalled them.

These are the projects and moments I wish I were sharing with my children right now. I’m sure at least one of my kids would love to get greasy and dirty working on airplanes. By this time next year we should be months into catching up on all that lost time.

I’m looking forward to teaching them the ins-and-outs of airplanes and how to take care of them. Understanding how aircraft work internally and respecting good care and maintenance is an important element to a competent pilots foundation. Of course the best part of working on airplane is getting to test fly them when your done.

Thomas Zerbarini at the hanger.
Thomas Zerbarini at the hanger getting ready to test fly the Arrow.

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