Thomas E. Gatto, 89, a lifelong resident of Old Forge, died Monday morning at Mountain View Care Center, Scranton, after a brief stay.
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Born Sept. 4, 1924, son of the late Patrick and Rose Bamonte Gatto, Thomas was a 1942 graduate of Old Forge High School. For nearly 50 years until his retirement, he worked as a shipping and receiving clerk for the former Lackawanna Pants Co. An avid bowler years ago, he once bowled a perfect 300 game. He enjoyed traveling, having traveled all over the world including many visits to Europe. More recently, his favorite pastime was gardening. A loving and caring man, his family was always the most important part of his life. He especially enjoyed celebrating his birthday with his many family members each Labor Day weekend with a patio cookout. Tom also loved hosting holiday meals for his family over the years, and stopping by to visit "Uncle Tommy" during each holiday was a "must" for everyone in his family.
He is survived by two sisters-in-law, Nancy Parrick, Old Forge; and Sonja Posdon, Taylor; 10 nieces and nephews, Dan Ceccacci, Scranton; Rosemary French, Freeville, N.Y.; Frank Ceccacci and wife, Diane, Verona, N.J.; Dave Gatto and wife, Marion, Scranton; Patti Stroney and husband, Brian, Lake Winola; Barbara Nowogorski and husband, Joe, Scranton; John Gatto and wife, Donna, Old Forge; Lori Mascaro and husband, Joe, Old Forge; Jim Gatto and wife, Amanda, Pennsburg; and Bill Posdon, Taylor; 13 great-nieces and great-nephews; and a great-great nephew.
He was also preceded in death by brothers, John, James and Frank Gatto; and sisters, Eleanor and Marcelline Gatto and Marie Ceccacci.
The funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Moosic Assembly of God Church, 477 Third St., to be conducted by the Rev. David O'Brien, pastor. Interment, Old Forge Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his church, Moosic A.O.G., 477 Third St., Moosic, PA 18507.
Visit www.kearneyfuneral home.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 15, 2014