Louis C. Tomaine, 81, died Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Vassar Brothers Hospital after a long illness. Born May, 15 1932, in Carbondale, Pa., he was the son of Carmino and Stella Tomaine.
Louis was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin H.S., Keystone Junior College and received a BS in mechanical engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology. He also served in the Army
and was stationed in Germany in the early 1950s. Louis was a mechanical engineer at RCA from 1955 to 1963, and retired from IBM after a 30-year career, as a senior engineer, working in Poughkeepsie and East Fishkill.
His first wife, Mary P. Tomaine, passed away in 1990. His wife, Christa Plog Tomaine, survives at home in Pleasant Valley. Louis is survived by a daughter, Patricia Tomaine Pyne and husband, Michael, of Falls Church, Va.; sons, Michael (deceased); Kevin L. Tomaine of Alexandria, Va.; son, David and wife, Julia; stepdaughter and stepson, Shari Desser and John Fimbel, both of Poughkeepsie.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Elizabeth M. Pyne; Thomas G. Pyne and wife, Melanie; Emily S. Pyne, John and Sydney Tomaine; stepgrandaughter, Holly Simmons and husband, Tony; and step-greatgrandson, Tony Simmons. Tony will greatly miss his beloved and friend, "Pa."
Survived by siblings: sister, Teresa and husband Raymond (deceased) Wagner; brothers, Joseph and wife, Carmela (both deceased); Thomas and wife, Barbara; James and wife, Mary Cay; Robert and wife, Mary; uncle, Vincent Lidaka and wife, Margaret, Louis was best man at their wedding; many nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends.
Louis was a longtime member and supporter of St. Martin de Porres Church, volunteering in Catholic Charities, working in the kitchen during bingo for many years, and was an Our Lady of Lourdes booster. Louis was a member of the American Legion and VFW
Louis is known for his love of his hometown of Carbondale, Pa., boating on the Hudson River and Lake Wallenpaupack, trips to Atlantic City, the N.Y. Yankees and Johnny Cash. He was famous for organizing and cooking the Mother's Day dinner at the Pirate Canoe Club, where he was a lifetime member. Louis was always the "star" of his surroundings with his very dry sense of humor.
Quote from granddaughter, Emily: "I can't possibly capture what an amazing man my Grandpa was in the limitation of words. I can't put his hugs and smiles here, or his zest for life and uniquely wonderful attitude. I can only say how bursting with love I am for him and how grateful I am to have had him as my grandpa. He was the best a girl could ask for. I already miss him sorely and selfishly wish he could have stayed forever, but he's resting in a better place now. Grandpa Louis thank you for absolutely everything, and may you rest in peace watching baseball, eating lasagna and your homemade cheesecakes, and listening to Patsy Cline."
Louis will be missed by all who knew him. The family would like to acknowledge the care and comfort provided by the doctors and excel lent nursing staff at Vassar Brothers Hospital.
A memorial Mass will be held 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at St. Mary's Church, Poughkeepsie, and a reception will follow at the Pirate Canoe Club.
Local arrangements are being handled by the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you would like to leave an online condolence, please visit www.doyle funeralhome.com