Thomas Joseph Del Santo passed away on Oct. 30, 2012, at the age of 89 in Klamath Falls, Ore. He was surrounded by his loving family.
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Thomas was born to Thomas and Wilhelmina (Schumacher) Del Santo on Dec. 31, 1922, in New York City, where he attended high school and met his sweetheart Florence Coulter. They were married on Nov. 30, 1946, in New York City. They shared 61 wonderful years together before Florence passed away in 2008.
They moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and then to Bethlehem Township, Pa., to be closer to their daughter Marie Ann. They then moved in 2002 to Klamath Falls, where their son Thomas resides.
He served during World War II in the Army Air Corps with the Flying Tigers Bomber Unit based out of Burma, China, and India. He received an honorable discharge at the end of the war. He worked for the City of New York Transit Authority for 30 years as a lead mechanic for the bus maintenance department. Following his retirement, he worked three years for Goldman-Sachs on Wall St.
Thomas will always be known as "Poppa" to all of his family and close friends. His passions included big band music, restoration of automobiles, collecting coins, playing his drums, reading, crossword puzzles, and he enjoyed family game nights. One of his more recent enjoyments was his visit to Kingsley Field during an open house, where he got to view the new planes and talk to the young pilots. He enjoyed family gatherings, where grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family surrounded him as the family patriarch and he known as our "Al Pacino." His Saturday evening enjoyment was watching the Lawrence Welk Show and listening to music by Louie Prima.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Marie Ann and Joseph Ferolano of Broad Brooke, Conn.; son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Margaret Del Santo of Klamath Falls; grandchildren Joseph and wife Betsy Ferolano, Christy Ann and husband Mathew Avritch, Jennifer and husband Joseph Reister, and Daniel and wife Stacie Ferolano; great-grandchildren Lucia and Daniel Ferolano, Alycia, Hannah and Thomas Andrew Ferolano, Josie Avritch, Katie and Emilee Resiter, and Sophia Ferolano.
He was preceded in death by his wife Florence, his parents, his brother Michael, and his grandson Thomas.
A special thanks to the Linkville Assisted Living staff for caring and befriending "Poppa Tom" during his stay with them.
Family viewing will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Klamath Tribute Center, 6420 S. Sixth St. A vigil prayer service will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Klamath Tribute Center with viewing after from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A service of tribute and love will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Klamath Tribute Center with entombment to follow at the Haven of Rest Mausoleum at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow at the family home.
Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens
4711 Highway 39 Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Published in Herald And News on Nov. 1, 2012