Thomas D. Gros
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Fishkill - Thomas D. Gros, a Fishkill resident since 1999, went to his eternal reward on Thursday, July 11, 2013 after a short illness. He was 86.
Son of the late Mary Dean Gros, he was born in Queens on October 5, 1926. Tom graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School and entered the U.S. Army. During WWII, he served in the Philippine Islands and subsequently in the occupation of Japan. Upon his discharge, he attended St. John's University and graduated in 1951. He went to work for Bankers Trust Company for 35 years, retiring as Vice President.
On February 6, 1954, he married Susie Bonfandio at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brooklyn. Mrs. Gros survives at home.
Sue and Tom moved to Lake Caroline, VA in 1985, where they remained for 15 years. In 1989, he suffered a massive heart attack and received a heart transplant in 1990. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living World War II Veteran with a heart transplant.
Tom was a member of St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill. A devout Catholic, he had been a daily communicant for over 60 years. He loved sports, music & reading and tried to live up to his credo of "God, Family and Country".
In addition to his wife Susie, he is also survived by his daughter, Susan Carty & her husband John of Pennsylvania; his daughter, Mary Ellen Roth & her husband Jack Hohman of Cornwall-on-Hudson; his son, Thomas Gros & his wife Barbara of Texas; his daughter, Ann Marie Smith & her husband Jeff of Georgia; his grandchildren, Mary Genevieve, Katie, John Thomas, Brendan, Mary, Luke, and Samantha. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives & friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Gros and sister, Genevieve Schurtz.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15 at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson Street, Fishkill. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Millbrook, where the U.S. Army will conduct Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
For directions, online condolences and memorial donations, please visit Tom's Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 12 to July 13, 2013