Gervasi, Thomas A.
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Oct. 31, 1936 - Dec. 3, 2013
Thomas A. Gervasi, age 77, born on October 31, 1936 in Rochester, NY. passed away on December 3rd., 2013 in Sarasota, FL. He is predeceased by his parents Josephine (Catalfo) Gervasi and Gaetano (Thomas) Gervasi.
Survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elaine (Tschetter) Gervasi, daughters Debora (Matthew) Jamison, Oakley, CA, Lori (Hon. Richard Keenan), Pittsford, NY, son David T. (Kathleen) Gervasi, Fayetteville, NY, daughter Janine (Kevin) Vascukynas, Irondequoit, NY; grandchildren Matthew (Jamie Adams) Keenan, Christopher Keenan, Nicholas Gervasi, Sarah Gervasi, SN Zachary Jamison USN, Jacqueline Jamison, Tyler Jamison; brothers Michael (Catina) Gervasi, Rochester, NY, Mario (Merrill) Gervasi, Copiague, NY, sister Angeline (Richard) Bater, Williamsville, NY; "younger brother"/cousin Richard Catalfo, and several cousins, nieces and nephew.
Upon his graduation at age 17 from Benjamin Franklin HS, 1954, Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps. While serving with the Corps at Camp Lejeune, NC, he and 80-plus fellow Marines were unknowingly exposed to contaminated water filled with toxic chemicals. Later many of the men and their offspring contracted breast, and blood lung cancers, as well as other blood disorders directly linked to this highly-contaminated water.
After his discharge he worked in the family aluminum business as a salesman/installer. In 1964, he joined the Town of Irondequoit Police Department and rose through the ranks, retiring in 1985 as Senior Investigator. He joined the Monroe County District Attorney's office as a Violent Felony Investigator, retired in 2001 and moved to Sarasota, FL where he remodeled their home. Tom worked at the Wedgewood Condominiums in the Meadows doing light maintenance and gardening. He also enjoyed spring training at Ed Smith Stadium, working security in the visiting team dugout, meeting many pro ballplayers, including members of his beloved NY Yankees.
Funeral mass in Sarasota, FL, Friday, December 6, 2013 at St. Martha's Church, 200 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota at 9:30 a.m.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Richard H. Buck and the staff of the Florida Cancer Specialists for 11 years of care, and caregivers and staff of Tidewell Hospice, as well as first responders. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project and Tidewell Hospice.
Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, NY. A celebration of his life will be forthcoming, held at the convenience of the family in Rochester, NY.
Arrangements by Toale Brothers Funeral Home.
Published in Herald Tribune from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2013