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INTRAVAIA, THOMAS JOSEPH August 8, 1921 to Nov. 23, 2010 Born in Madison, Wisconsin to Sicilian immigrants Calogero and Margarita Intravaia, Thomas was one of thirteen children. As a youth he became a skillful trumpet player working in a band with his brothers Vito, Larry and Sam. He entered the University of Western Kentucky on a music fellowship before he was drafted into the army during World War II. In the service he became a "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" entertaining troops here in the States. After the war, Tom toured the country with swing bands accompanying many well-known singers. Later he told fascinating and funny stories about his experiences on the road. Tom settled in California-first in San Francisco and then in San Diego. With a young family to support, he attended San Diego State (University) to become a music teacher while working nights at Convair. Earning a Master's Degree in Music, he taught for approximately fifty years for the San Diego Unified School District. Known affectionately to his students as "Mr. I", he was a positive influence on many young people. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and brother, he is preceded in death by his wife Clarice E. (Jeannie) Intravaia who died in 1975. He is survived by sister Rita Piazza, daughters Linda (Peter) Combi, Leah (Mitch) Younker, Shawn McCoy and son Marc (Paula) Intravaia, grandchildren Erin Scott, Lindsay Glines, Max Younker and Sam Intravaia, step-grandchildren Shayla, Sierra and Trevor Thernes, great-grandsons David, Jacob and Elliott Scott and numerous nieces and nephews.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 16, 2010
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