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Thomas Damario


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Thomas Damario Obituary
Thomas J. Damario, 72, lost his battle with Lewy Body Dementia on Nov. 16, 2017, in Boise, Idaho.
Thomas was born May 24, 1945, in Reno, Nevada, to Ernest and Rita Damario. After Word War II ended, they moved back to the Philadelphia area and settled in Folsom, Pennsylvania. After Tom graduated from Ridley High School, he was drafted into the Navy and was stationed in Pensacola, Florida, during the Vietnam War.
Tom decided to come to Alaska in 1976, so he and his friend, Karl Hornick, drove up the Alaska Highway. Tom eventually ended up working in law enforcement in the North Slope Borough for several years in Barrow and Anaktuvuk Pass. He enjoyed his time up there and was proud to have attended the Law Enforcement Academy in Sitka. Tom returned to Fairbanks and worked for FCC as a correctional officer for 23 years before retiring in 2008.
Tom enjoyed visiting family back in Pennsylvania and hanging out at Cape May, New Jersey, where his family often vacationed when he was growing up. He caught the skiing bug as a young man and shared that with his children, Matthew Damario and Christina Ahmoagak. He looked forward to skiing at Moose Mountain every year. Tom also enjoyed hunting spruce grouse and woodchucks back home in Pennsylvania for the farmers.
Tom is survived by his children, Matthew Damario and Christina Ahmoagak, both of Fairbanks; brother, Fran (Cindy) Damario, of Fairbanks; sister, Jane (Nick) Barrett, of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; uncle and aunt, Richard and Connie Becker, of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews all around the country.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bobby Damario; and aunt and uncle, Helyn and Charlie Killen.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. A reception will be held downstairs after the services. 
Tom's goddaughter, Joanna Johnson, has two sons with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; this cause was very dear to him. In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial donations to be made to www.parentproject.md.org.
Arrangements were entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home, 482-3232. Online condolences may be made at blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Nov. 30, 2017
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