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.