Dr. Thomas George Vitale was born October 7, 1940 in New York City to Nicholas and Mary Vitale. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother. He is survived by his sister, Virginia Pergola; and nieces and nephews. Tom graduated from Mainland HS and majored in Education at DBCC. He continued his education and received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova University. Dr. Vitale began his education career in 1965 as a teacher at Longstreet Elem. He served as principal of Seville, Lenox Ave, and Longstreet. In 1982 he was chosen to be principal of the brand new Pine Trail Elem and continued in that position until 1990. During his tenure there, he lead the school to many local and national awards including the National School of Excellence. Dr. Vitale also received personal recognition for his leadership in education including Elementary Administrator of the Year from the Council for Exceptional Children (1986-87), Who's Who in American Education (1987-88), and Blue Ribbon School Administrator. He was recruited to a principalship in Washington, but found he missed Florida and returned to finish his education career as a teacher at Ormond Elem. Tom loved to travel, cook, entertain, and attend Broadway shows in NYC. He fought a long battle with cancer and amazed his friends with his ability to bounce back many times. He will be dearly missed. A memorial mass to celebrate the life of Dr. Vitale will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church on Nova Rd, Ormond Beach, 5:30 PM on Monday, Feb. 11, with a reception following in the social hall.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10, 2013