Tallmadge Wakeman "Wake" D'ELIA
1979 - 2018
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was born December 16, 1979 in Leonardtown, Maryland. He grew up in Solomons, Maryland, on the banks of the Patuxent River, a place that he loved his whole life. As an ardent and skilled in-line skater, he played both ice and roller hockey in his youth. He was a talented photographer and videographer, which he began doing as an avocation in high school and which later became his life's work. He was a 1998 graduate of the Key School in Annapolis, Maryland, and a 2002 graduate of the University at Albany SUNY, where he majored in History and Mass Communication and made the Dean's list. He was a great skier, a music lover and music composer. He played guitar and bass. He was a television technical specialist in the New York City area for most of his career. He worked at NY1 News and then at CNBC, part of NBC Universal, where he was most recently the Technical Production Supervisor for the morning business show, Squawk Box. His hard work and performance was formally recognized by CNBC numerous times. In 2004, he married Maria Lamberti from Cava dei Tirreni, Italy, whom he met at SUNY Albany. They lived in Clifton Park, NJ, then Cava dei Tirreni, Italy and finally in St. Petersburg, Florida where he died May 5, 2018 in a tragic accident at home. He is survived by wife, Maria Lamberti of Cava dei Tirreni, Italy; parents, Jennifer H. D'Elia and Christopher F. D'Elia of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; grandmother, Marian D'Elia of Mystic, Connecticut; aunts and uncles, Tonita Disch of Mount Dora, Florida, Harry Hunnicutt, of Dexter, Missouri, Kermit Hunnicutt of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, John and Lesley Trevor of Lake Placid, New York, Jonathan and Marj D'Elia of Bridgeport, Connecticut; eleven cousins; in-laws, Carmine Lamberti and Emilia Rispoli, brothers-in-law, Vincenzo and Silvio Lamberti; sister-in-law, Nicoletta Cirino; and his cherished nieces, Camilla and Alice Lamberti. Services will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. M.L. King Street North, St. Petersburg, FL, 33704. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Tallmadge Wakeman "Wake" D'Elia to the University at Albany (SUNY) Foundation, UAB 226, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222. Condolences can be shared with the family at www.AndersonMcQueen.com.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times on May 9, 2018.
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October 22, 2019
Hiya, Wake. I was just going down memory lane, looking at our yearbook and wondering what you were up to. I'll never forget the time you let me bleach your hair blonde after school. Man, you hair was stubborn. Guess I'll see you when I see you. You're a good man.
B Harris
October 23, 2018
My brother Jimmy and I grew up with Wake on Solomon's Island from 1987-1994. He was one of the kindest, funniest friends from our years on the island. Wake took me to my first 'formal' dance when I was only 13 years old. He was such a gentleman from the wrist corsage he brought me to introducing me to all of his high school friends.

I just learned of his tragic passing this year and I want his wife and parents to know that they are in my thoughts and prayers often.

Wake was a light to those that knew him and I was blessed to have him in my life as a childhood friend. Blessings and love to all that knew and loved him, he was one of a kind!

~Jennifer Creswell
Jennifer Creswell
May 23, 2018
Dr. D'Elia, I am just hearing about the loss of your son. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories and the love of your family and friends help you through the grieving process.
Sandi Conway
May 11, 2018
Jenny and Chris, Frank and I are so incredibly saddened to learn the tragic news of your Wake's passing. No words can begin to express the sadness that we feel for you during this time of unparalleled grief and loss. Though we never met Wake, we clearly recall how you would you two were so proud of him and his marriage to his Italian beauty.. You would share how special of a person he was with such pride and love. Please know that you are in our thoughts and that we are always here for you. With our deepest sympathies, Frank and Lea Ann
Lea Ann Biafora
May 11, 2018
Dear Chris & Jenny,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

May 11, 2018
Dear Chris and Jenny: my heart is so heavy with sadness and grief for you. I have no words. I just send my love to you and want you to know that many, many people are lifting you up right now.

Norine N
Norine Noonan
May 10, 2018
Dear Chris and Jenny, I just read the sad news. My heart breaks for you. I remember the lovely dinner we had Chris with Wake and Maria and your Mom up in NJ...Such a tragedy...Please know that all the Corwins are thinking of you at this terribly tragic time...With love from Christa
May 9, 2018
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