ACCARDI, Dr., Thomas C.
Dr. Thomas C. Accardi, age 62, passed away August 14, 2015. He was born in Asheboro, NC to Carolyn and Patrick Accardi. He earned his pilot's license at the earliest age possible, 17 years old. He spent many years as a commercial and commuter pilot before joining the Federal Aviation Administration to further the safety of our airlines. Tom spent much of his life on Long Island, NY then moved to Washington, D.C. where he served as the Director of Flight Standards for the Federal Aviation Administration. Fifteen years ago he moved to Edmond, Ok where he served as the Director of Aviation Systems Standards. Here, Tom also earned his Doctorate of Education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. After his 33 years of continuous service to the Federal Aviation Administration, he retired in 2011 and moved to Singer Island, FL in 2013 where he spent the remainder of his life. He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah Accardi; his daughters, Lisa (Anthony) Vermaat and Michelle (Levi) Smith; his granddaughter, Anneliese Vermaat; his parents, Carolyn and Patrick Accardi; his siblings, Joanne (Bill) Fields, Lorraine (Ron) Accardi, John (Lisa) Accardi; and numerous family members. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 19 from 1:00-4:00pm at St. Mark Episcopal Church, 3395 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. A funeral service will be held following the visitation at 4:00pm.
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