Thomas A. Caito
1932 - 2018
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Thomas A. Caito

Indianapolis - Thomas A. "Tommy" Caito, 86, of Indianapolis passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in Indianapolis. Born August 13, 1932 in Indianapolis to Sicilian immigrants, August and Mary Ann (Mercurio) Caito; his parents preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Kathy S. (Ellis) Caito whom also preceded him in death.

Tommy was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and St. Matthew Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

Tommy grew up in the old Italian section of Indianapolis, was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, and was active in the Caito & Mascari Produce family business. He proudly served his country in the United States Army in the Korean War. Tommy was the owner of John's Famous Stew on Kentucky Avenue in Indianapolis.

Tommy is also preceded in death by his brothers, Philip J. Caito, John B. Caito, Joseph A. Caito and sisters, Mag Mascari and Ida Rose Meyer.

Survivors include his daughter, Mary Ann Caito of Indianapolis; his step children, Robert L. (Katie) Breeden of Noblesville and Shelly Breeden of Indianapolis; his brother, Gus F. Caito of Indianapolis; his sister, Frances M. Navarra of Carmel; five step-grandchildren, Katelynn and Abbigale Jefferson and Maddie, Emma, and Robert A. Breeden; and all of his loyal staff, whom he considered to be a part of family.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Tommy Caito from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in the Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home, 6107 S. East Street, Indianapolis with a recitation of the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Morning prayers will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 also at the funeral home, followed by 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 520 Stevens Street, Indianapolis. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Little Sisters of the Poor; envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. Visit where you may express online condolences to Tommy's family.

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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 24, 2018.
Celebration of Life
04:00 - 08:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
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November 30, 2018
Tommy always welcomed everyone with a smile and an appreciation for being a customer. He always chided me about Democratic politics and was always proud of his business. A bit of Indianapolis history passed when he left us. My prayers are with his family.
Robin Winston
November 28, 2018
I've known Tommy since 1975 when I worked next door to him at Capital Produce. I was often sent next door to purchase tomatoes, etc. That's when I first met Tommy. He always treated me like I was family. I quit Capitsl Produce in 1978 and didn't see Tommy again until I stopped at John's to have a Stew. That was around 2000. I will miss seeing Tommy, but I know he is with our Lord
Dale Parker
November 28, 2018
Thomas you will be missed you were always a light to our family and a blessing to all I'm grateful the Lord brought us together in the middle 80s and I ask your forgiveness for not coming around to say hello more in recent years I was always pleasant running into you and Betty whether it be at Sam's Club or out and about the town Gallahads and our years there with you and Kathy and Mary will not be forgotten
I will always think God for my remembrance of you and for the time spent in celebration with myself and my two sons for birthdays and holidays. The Caito Mascari Family has been a part of my life for many years and for that I will always cherish memories from the Indy 500 to gatherings at your sisters to enjoying many meals at John's stews
Angela Wirth - Parks
November 27, 2018
I'll always remember the Cracker Jack box ring He wore. He really had me fooled since day one. Lol I love ya TC. Prayers and condolences to the family.
Cara Jefferson
November 24, 2018
Mary Ann,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember you talking about your sweet Dad during the St. Vincent days. God bless you.
Eileen Schneider
November 24, 2018
I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy shortly after he opened on Kentucky Ave. I was there for lunch and looking for a table when Tommy asked me join him. We talked for over an hour and anytime I was there he always asked me to join him. This lasted for 5 years or so until I moved. I have not seen him in years but I still have many fond memories. Go with God Tommy and condolences to your family.
Jim Robinson
November 24, 2018
Like many others who ate at John's, I considered Tommy a friend. It was always fun to eat there with coworkers. Tommy would always join us to talk politics and tell stories. He will be missed. Bob Orr - Baltimore, MD
Bob Orr
November 24, 2018
Thank for the memories from all these years and for your friendship.

Philip J. Caito
November 24, 2018
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Tommy's family, sorry for your loss. Jeremiah 29:11, 12 assures us that God is thinking thoughts of peace towards us, to give us a future and a hope, and that if we come and pray to Him, He will listen to us. May that bring you comfort in this time of sorrow.
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