Thomas Robert Modafferi

San Diego, California

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In 11 years of working in the Laboratory at Tri-City Medical Center, Dr. Modafferi was one of my favorite doctors. He was always friendly and treated the Lab. staff with respect. Because of that we bent over backwards to get test results faster for him. When my mother developed breast cancer, I sent her to Dr. Tom. It is such a shame that a gifted surgeon had to suffer the indignity of ALS.
God be with you all!

Mrs. Modafferi and family,
How saddened I was to read of Tom's death in the recent NC Times. Students, parents, & teachers are NOT supposed to predecease the ol' school principals, but it has happened too many times these past few years. How very greatful I am for the happy memories of the Modafferi family, and the support of the Modafferi family when priviledged to have been at Monte Vista. I still live in Vista, in a small home near Vista High School where I can walk to games...

Dorothy and family,
I worked with Dr. Modafferi in the Tri-City OR for many years. He was a great surgeon and always a gentleman.My prayers to all of you.
Wilma Rolland

Dear Dorothy and children,
We cannot tell you how sad we are to hear about Tom's death. We have such great memories when we all lived close by and had children in the same school and took ski vacations together. I can not tell you how many times over the last years I have thought about all of you and what a wonderful family you are. Tom was always such a great person who was so respected in the community. Please know you are in our prayers and if you are ever in the area please get in...

Dorothy and family, So sad to hear about Tom. He will always be remembered as a hard working family man who loved his family greatly. Dorothy and Tom did a wonderful job raising the kids. Best wishes to all from your old neighbors on Lakeview Road

Tom was my wife Joan's first resident when she was a medical student in 1974 and he was my partner and mentor from 1982 until his retirement in 1995. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of the hours we spent together (often at night) and the things he taught me about surgery and life.

There was a hugh medical community that felt his loss when he retired and there is an even larger community of his friends that feel his loss now.

Our sympathies go out to...

Dorothy and family:

I am so sorry to hear of Dr Modafferi's passing. I have been meaning to email you guys since Christmas to catch up on how things were going. I concur with the comments made by everyone else - he was a great man, a great physician, and a great teacher. I give him credit for instilling in me the approach to patient care that I still strive to live up to 30+ years later.

My deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers go out to you and your family.

Dorothy and family,
Having worked for Dr. Modafferi and others at Coastal Surgeons, I came to know him not only a good doctor but a good person and friend. I will remember the things he taught me but especially something he said one day.
"Just because a person can't afford an operation doesn't mean he shouldn't be able to have it" He was a real professional in every sense of the word. I enjoyed knowing him and your family. I also appreciate the good time you showed part...

Dear Dorothy and family,

Tina and I pray for comfort for you and your family. It was such a privilege to know Tom professionally at Tri City Hospital, where he would come out without hesitation at 2 AM on Sunday morning to see a patient with me in the emergency room. He was the "doctor's doctor."

Jerry Colling, M. D. and Tina


Thomas's Obituary

Thomas Robert (Tom) Modafferi August 1940 ~ June 2012 VISTA -- Thomas Robert (Tom) Modafferi of Edmonds, Wash., died from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was born in 1940 in Englewood, New Jersey. His parents were Frank and Myrtle Modafferi. At the age of 15, Tom, his parents, and...

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