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In Memory of

Thomas Bocchino

March 23, 1928 - October 1, 2017

Obituary


Thomas A. Bocchino, also known as Gaetano A. Bocchino, age 89, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Nathaniel Witherell in Greenwich after a brave and valiant struggle with dementia. He was born March 23,1928 in Port Chester, New York. He was the son of the late Salvatore Bocchino and Rubina Natale Bocchino. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Joyce Velapoldi Bocchino, and four children/spouses: Thomas (Carolyn), Reed (Lynn), Matthew (Allison), Christy (Jeffrey) and five grandchildren, Eric Bocchino (Trish), Courtney and Jenna Thomas, Cole and Evan Bocchino, as well...

Thomas A. Bocchino, also known as Gaetano A. Bocchino, age 89, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Nathaniel Witherell in Greenwich after a brave and valiant struggle with dementia. He was born March 23,1928 in Port Chester, New York. He was the son of the late Salvatore Bocchino and Rubina Natale Bocchino. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Joyce Velapoldi Bocchino, and four children/spouses: Thomas (Carolyn), Reed (Lynn), Matthew (Allison), Christy (Jeffrey) and five grandchildren, Eric Bocchino (Trish), Courtney and Jenna Thomas, Cole and Evan Bocchino, as well as his brother, Alfred Bocchino of Port Orange FL. He was predeceased by his brothers Michael Bocchino of Greenwich, CT and Vincent Bocchino of Bedford, NY.
He graduated from Port Chester High School in 1945 and resided in Greenwich for the past 64 years. He spent his career in the automotive industry as master mechanic, gas station proprietor and finally, service manager of Town & Country Motors and Griffin Ford in Greenwich.
He was a founding member, past president and honorary lifetime member of the Cos Cob Archers, a third degree Knight of Columbus, and an avid bowler and member of the American Bowling Congress.
Dad's greatest pleasure was spending time with his wife, family and cherished grandchildren. He defined the term family man and his life was an exemplar of selfless family love. A role model for everyone, he demonstrated how to live well by putting others first and treating all with kindness and respect.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the staff of Nathaniel Witherell, especially the third-floor dementia care staff, for their exceptional care and for the compassion shown to all of us throughout Dad's extended illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, 70 Parsonage Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 95 Henry Street, Greenwich.