Thomas E. DePaoli of Barefoot Bay, Florida, formerly of Irvington, passed away on July 12, at age 88, after a long illness.
Tom was born in Dobbs Ferry, to James and Eleanor (Martin) DePaoli, in 1932. He resided in Irvington for 55 years. The second of five children, Tom was predeceased by his brother James (Betty) DePaoli and his sister Nancy (DePaoli) Belloise. He is survived by his sister Susan and brother Richard.
Tom was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army who served in the Korean War. When thanked for his service to his country, Tom always replied, “And I’d do it again in a heartbeat.” To honor all those who served, Tom was a charter Member of the American Legion Post 366.
Tom first met Lorraine (Kosilla) at a friend’s wedding, but their relationship blossomed after Tom suffered a mishap at a Fireman’s Bazaar sending him to the hospital where Lorraine worked. Tom knew he had met the woman he would marry, and he and his bride went on to share 65 years together, marrying on June 2, 1956.
Tom worked for the Village of Irvington for more than 40 years, retiring as superintendent of public works. In addition, he was a former chief of the Irvington Fire Department, a volunteer position that remained dear to his heart along with the friendships he made.
A gifted athlete, Tom swam and played softball, golf, tennis, racketball, basketball, bowling, and horseshoes over the years. He was president of the Barefoot Bay Horseshoe Club for 20 years. A die-hard baseball fan for his entire life, there was nothing Tom loved more than a New York Yankees win, and nothing he hated more than a relief pitcher.
Some of the best memories his adult children recall about their father are fishing and crabbing in the Hudson River, sledding and tobogganing in the winter, apple and cherry picking (especially when he fell out of a tree), and the numerous backyard picnics, outings, barbecues, and family reunions he hosted.
As a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Micco, Florida, he dedicated his time and talent as a member of the men’s group and coordinated cookouts and golfing events.
Tom and Lorraine raised five children: Laura (Bill) Jones of Sebastian, Florida; Michael (Christine) of North Salem, N.Y.; Christopher (Maureen) DePaoli of Irvington; and Janet (Jimmy) Reich of Irvington. Tom and Lorraine’s youngest son, Russell John, predeceased him in 1986. Tom cherished his grandchildren Emily and Will Jones, Lara and Natasha DePaoli, Alexandra and Ryan DePaoli, and his great grandchildren Russell and Ben Reich.