Thomas J. "Tommy" Galeazzi, 75, passed away from a heart attack Saturday, April 6th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a two-month battle to heal from a car accident. He was born in Syracuse, New York, December 17, 1937 to Paul and Louise Galeazzi. Tom lettered in baseball, basketball, and football In high school and graduated from Cortland State, part of the New York State University system (SUNY), and received his master's degree from Brooklyn College. His goal in life was to be a basketball coach and for 40 years, at Suffolk Community College, Farmingdale State (SUNY), and C.W.Post, part of Long Island University (LIU), he was a good one with a 775-336 win-loss record. Good enough to be inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Farmingdale Hall of Fame and on June 13th of this year, he was to be inducted into the C.W. Post Hall of Fame. He is survived by his fiance', Gale Butler, and family members including his two sons, Richard M. Galeazzi from Bohemia, New York, and Robert M. Galeazzi from Tucson, Arizona; four grandchildren (Matthew, Brian, Gabriella and Noah) and brother Anthony Galeazzi, of Syracuse, New York. Since retiring, during the winter, Tommy played seniors tournament tennis around the Southeastern United States from his home base at the Lauderdale Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale. He is co-owner of Le Club, a tennis club in West Hampton, New York, where he spent summers. A quote from a Newsday article that appeared April 8th, was: "Tom Galeazzi was one of the most influential coaches in the New York area for a long time. He mentored a number of us," said former Hofstra coach Tom Pecora, now at Fordham. "He went out of his way to help young coaches. A lot of us wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for him." There will be a gathering of friends and family at the Lauderdale Tennis Club on Tuesday, April 9th at 4 p.m. and a funeral at St. John's Cathedral in Bohemia, New York, on April 20th. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward where he volunteered, working with the various Club's basketball coaches.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Apr. 9, 2013