A public memorial service to celebrate the life of Tom Billionis will take place Friday, April 22, 2016, at 10 a.m., in Park Central Square. Billionis, founder of The Coffee Ethic, died Saturday at 44.
The Billionis family is encouraging attendees to wear denim on denim or Coffee Ethic T-shirts to the service. Free parking is available in the lots at Boonville and Olive, and in the car parks (located at Campbell and Olive or Campbell and McDaniel).
A charitable fund has been established to raise $25,000 to support the passionate causes of Billionis.
Billionis was President-Elect of the Downtown Springfield Association and served on the board for the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District. Chris Weiss, President of Downtown Springfield Association, offered the following statement on behalf of the DSA.
“Everyone at DSA is deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom’s wife Michelle, his three girls, and all his family and friends. Tom Billionis represented the best qualities of entrepreneurship, community service, and friendship, and he has left an enduring legacy.”
Chris Ball, President of the Downtown Springfield CID, noted “Park Central Square is a very fitting place to honor the exceptional contributions Tom made to downtown and our entire Springfield community. We will miss him greatly but remember him fondly.”
Questions regarding the public memorial service can be directed to Downtown Springfield at (417) 831-6200.