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Obituary of Thomas Petrillo
Thomas A. Petrillo, 92, of Prospect, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2019 surrounded by his loving family on the Vitas unit of St. Mary’s Hospital. He was the widower of Antoinette Peluso Petrillo. Thomas was born in the Bronx, New York son of the late Domenic and Lena (Perricona) Petrillo.
Thomas proudly served his country in the US Army during World War II and the Korean War. He later earned a Bachelor’s Degree from NYU. He flew model airplanes and was the developer of the foam wing. Tom was the Traffic Transportation Manager for Uniroyal Chemical Company prior to his retirement. He and his wife Antoinette of 54 years enjoyed traveling with their Airstream trailer throughout the country and were members of the Airstream club. Prior to her passing, Antoinette was the leader of the songbirds while Tom, the “roadie”, was moving equipment and scenery for their performances. Tom remained active with the center as the editor for the Prospect Senior Center’s monthly newsletter, which was often in excess of sixty pages. Tom also taught the computer class that allowed many seniors to communicate with family and friends far away. Family was most important to him. He enjoyed dancing, cards and time spent with family and friends.
Thomas is survived by his daughter Laura and husband Gary Brissette of Cheshire, his son Steven and wife Judy Petrillo of Plainville, grandchildren Cody Brissette, Emily and Steven A. Petrillo. He also leaves a beloved sister Jeanne Maher of the Bronx, New York.
A Funeral Service with Military Honors will be held on Tuesday January 22, 2019 at 6 pm at Prospect Memorial Funeral Home 72 Waterbury Road, Prospect. Burial is at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be from 4 pm until the time of the service. Prospect Memorial Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to The Prospect Senior Center, 6 Center Street, Prospect, CT 06712