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Tommy N. Laskaris


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Tommy N. Laskaris Obituary
Laskaris, Tommy N.

Tommy Nick Laskaris, 91, formally of Johnson City, stepped into the presence of his God and Heavenly Father on the afternoon of June 17, 2017, after a brief illness. He had been living in Austin Texas since 2010, when he traded in his snow shovel for year-round fishing and grandfather duty. Tommy is survived by his loving daughter, Tamara Palmieri and son-in-law Amedio; his two precious granddaughters, Isabella Karis and Jillian Demetria; and many family members and friends. Tommy was born in 1925 in Endicott, and grew up in a large Greek family and community. A member of the Greatest Generation, Tommy was most proud of his service in the Marine Corps during WWII, where he served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater in the Marshall Islands, North China, and in the Battle of Okinawa. Upon his return from the war, he joined in the family restaurant business and later opened the Twin Doors Luncheonette on Main Street in Johnson City, where he served up good food and provided a meeting place for his loyal customers for over 30 years. Tommy said goodbye to many loved ones over the years, and a huge welcoming committee awaited his heavenly arrival. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 49 years, Jo Ann; parents, Nicholas and Mary; brothers, Peter, George, Alexander, and Christopher; sister, Katherine Vassos; many in-laws, and an extended family of dear friends that includes Marines, customers, employees, tenants, the poker table guys, fishing companions, neighbors, and his best friends, Joe Uhrinec and Jim "Muggsy" McGovern. What a reunion it was! Tommy was a follower of Jesus; an amazing husband, father, papa, and friend; a lifetime member and past Commandant of the Marine Corps League; and a skilled carpenter, electrician, plumber, gardener, story-teller, and cook. He thrived on hard work, and enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and betting on the horses. The family will hold a memorial gathering on Thursday, July 20th, at 3pm at Riverhurst Cemetery, 2500 E. Main St, Endwell, NY. Expressions of sympathy in Tommy's honor and memory may be made to the Honor Flight Network at www.honorflight.org, or Hospice Austin at www.hospiceaustin.org and designating Hospice Austin's Christopher House as the recipient.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from July 18 to July 20, 2017
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