Thomas Edward Marcantonio Sr., 82, also fondly known as "Tommy Marc" passed away on January 20, 2017 after a courageous battle against Mesothelioma; he both lived and died according to his own terms. Thomas was in the care of his daughter, Suzanne Marcantonio Self in Jacksonville, NC, at the time of his passing.
Thomas is loved and remembered by his surviving family including his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen Marcantonio of Jacksonville, NC; his children, Thomas Marcantonio, Jr., of Moultrie, GA; Suzanne M. Self of Jacksonville, NC; Timothy Marcantonio of Jupiter, FL; and Richard Marcantonio of Londonderry, NH. He was blessed with six grandchildren: Julie Countryman, Samantha Marcantonio, Ashley Marcantonio, Daniel Self, Kayla Marcantonio and Thomas Marcantonio.
Thomas and his wife were former residents of Ocala, FL and Wayland, MA.
One of the most important aspects of his life was the family (both surviving and pre-deceased) including his pride in the ancestral family name.
Thomas was the youngest of seven sons and is survived by two older brothers: James George Marcantonio of Jefferson City, MO; and Richard C. Marcantonio of Irvington, NY. He is predeceased by his parents: Louis Albert and Anna Costantino Marcantonio; and his brothers Louis Albert Marcantonio (who died in childbirth), Louis Albert Marcantonio, Jr., Gabriel Marcantonio and Joseph Marcantonio. All seven brothers proudly served in the US military and Thomas is a veteran of the United States Navy.
His active lifestyle included being a natural athlete; from a young age it was apparent that Thomas excelled with just about every sport he participated in. He graduated from Wayland High School in Wayland, MA, where he held records for football, basketball and baseball. Even as a senior citizen, he was a champion on softball teams, golfing leagues and bowling teams.
Always giving 100% to anything he put his mind to, Thomas was a man who worked hard and played hard. He instilled that desire in his children and those who got to know him.
Thomas will be remembered and loved by the many people he has met throughout his long lifetime. We’d like to thank his bowling team friends, neighbors and friends in Ocala, FL, and his past co-workers from Cushing Hospital (where he retired from after more than 20 years of service) and Framingham Union Hospital in Massachusetts.
A special thank you goes out for the outstanding care he received from Sukumaran Ramaswami, M.D. of Ocala, FL; Peakash Chickakuragodu, his pharmacist at CVS in Ocala, FL; and Nagesh Jayaram, M.D. of Oncology at Southeastern Medical Oncology Center in Jacksonville, NC. We also sincerely appreciate the caring staff from Community Home Care and Hospice who made it possible for him to be surrounded and cared for at home, while surrounded by his family.
Thomas’s daughter, Suzanne Self, continues her fight against Alzheimer’s Disease and will be participating in the Jacksonville, NC Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For those who would like to make a memorial donation on Thomas’s behalf, please use this link:
Donations can also be mailed to:
Alzheimer’s Association,Eastern NC Chapter
Attn: Rhonda Quador
RE: Participant Suzy Self Jacksonville, NC Walk ID # 9692199
3739 National Drive, Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27612
Thomas will always be “Big T from Wayland,” a true original who LOVED his New England teams, cherished his family and friends, and took pride in his hometown of Wayland, MA.
Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations, Carolina Shores, NC.
I am so sorry for your loss Susy he was a good neighbor From all the Morrissey’s
Suzy Q I am so sorry for your loss. I only had the privilege of meeting your Dad a couple of times, but he was an awesome man who raised a very special and awesome daughter. Keep remembering the good times and post so that we may all enjoy that time with you. Love to you and your family.—–Debbie
This was an amazing day, during the month I was down in FL to help he get started with treatments for the mesothelioma. Dad wanted to exercise, but hates walking & loves biking. So on this amazing day he took my furry brother, Luigi for a ride on his bike in the Ocala Palms neighborhood. GREAT Day.
I was Thomas’s patient advocate. He contacted our mesothelioma center on Asbestos.com and was requesting for information. We spoke over the phone and he was such a sweet man. I would call him every so often to see how treatment was going or he would call me with any concerns or just to share any good news his doc may have shared. He’ll be very missed! I really enjoyed speaking with him over the phone, always this happy person who had such a positive attitude.
Thank you Kenny, your family was such a big part of mine growing up from your immediate family to your uncles who lived in the neighborhood. I considered them my Uncle Frank & Uncle Bernie. Tommy was like having another younger brother, and he is missed by us all.
Tom and I had a common background as we were both Navy. Although Tom was a BT and I was an MM, he had attended MM ‘A’ School in Great Lakes the same as me. I had to convinced him that just because he had gone to my school, he still didn’t know as much about the engine room as me. He conceded but only with, “but you don’t know as much about the boiler room as I do!”. We enjoyed getting to know each other; we were ‘cut from the same cloth’.
He was a good man and a good sailor. All he wanted was to make sure his family was cared for.
I’ll miss Tom. Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate.
Mark Feine MMC(SS) U.S. Navy (Ret.)
I just now found this page, I love and miss you Uncle Tom <3
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