PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 Thomas Zilian, 46, of Portsmouth, RI, died unexpectedly at his home on April 2, 2019.\n\n\n\nTom was born into his military family in Wiesbaden, Germany, and attended high schools in Portsmouth and also Bonn, Germany. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree (painting) from the Massachusetts College of Art. He founded and owned Madstone, a company specializing in creating fine finishes for concrete surfaces.\n\nTom loved many things: first and foremost, his family, and also camping and fishing with his two children, music, Italian food, chunky monkey ice cream, his mother\u2019s cooking, Nicki\u2019s warm and welcoming home, James\u2019s unfailing support and devotion to Tom\u2019s talent, and his father\u2019s example. Art and painting were his passions.\n\nTom is survived by his fianc\u00e9e Anna Lubiner, son Alex 10, daughter Sonie 13, mother Geri, father Fred, brother James, sister-in-law Zoe Zilian, sister Nicole Milici, and brother-in-law, Marc Milici; his nieces and nephews, Mary Jane, Sofia, Vincent, and Anthony Milici, and Ava and Mia Zilian. He is also survived by his ex-wife and mother of his children, Dorota Hapek.\n\nVisiting hours will be on Tuesday, April 9, from 3-5pm and 7-9 pm in the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, (Route 114), Portsmouth, RI. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 10, at 10:00am in St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 1697 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, our family would prefer contributions to a fund established for his children. Donations can be sent to the \u201cAlex and Sonie Zilian Fund\u201d c\/o BankNewport, 2628 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI, 02871.