EAST FISHKILL - Thomas Peter Rubeo, 83, of Hopewell Junction, left this world on Sunday, August 24, 2014, surrounded by love as he peacefully surrendered to complications from Parkinson's Disease.
Born on March 29, 1931 in Yonkers, NY, he was predeceased by his parents, Vincent J. and Mary (Della Camera) Rubeo and his older brother, Vincent. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gloria (Galotti); his children, Theresa of Hopewell Junction NY, Regina of Reston VA, Thomas (Gabriella) of Ridgefield CT and David (Harvey) of NY, NY; 3 grandchildren, Robin, Hope and Leonardo; brother Paul (Teri); and a large and loving extended family.
A graduate of Yonkers High School and a veteran of the Korean War, Tom served as a draftsman in the Army Corps of Engineers. He married his high school sweetheart, Gloria, on March 21, 1954. Moving the family to Hopewell in 1966 and after several years with Poughkeepsie Iron and Metal, Tom began working from home as a freelance draftsman in 1972 until retiring.
Tom and Gloria were active members of St. Columba/St. Denis Catholic parish, involved in the Cursillo and other retreat movements, and have a large and beloved spiritual family. Tom helped to develop retreats for prison inmates (REC) and a support program for ex-inmates (South Forty and Avenue Programs). He regularly attended prayer group at Green Haven Prison and shared in worship for many years with Sisters at St. Columba convent and the Carmelite Sisters of St. Clare in Beacon. He extensively studied the works of Thomas Merton and actively supported the Catholic Worker Movement and Pax Christi. Greatly admiring Dorothy Day, he shared her life-long commitment to Pacifism and Social Justice.
Tom loved opera, classical and big band music and classic movies, gardening and landscaping his property, fishing, pinochle and trivia. Tom and Gloria also enjoyed 5 trips to Italy over the years. Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1987, Tom coped with the long progression of the disease with patience and grace. The family would like to acknowledge and thank the supportive staffs of the VA, Elant and his many home health aides.
Calling hours will be at McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction from 4:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, August 27. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Thursday, August 28 at St. Denis Church, 602 Beekman Rd, Hopewell Junction followed by interment in St. Denis Cemetery with military honors.
The family would like to request that donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation (www.parkinson.org) and the Catholic Worker through Ms. Diana Conroy, Emmaus House Catholic Worker, 45 Trinity Place, Albany, NY 12202.
For driving directions, online condolences and memorial donations, please visit Tom's Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.
McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
895 Route 82 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Aug. 26, 2014