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Thomas Francis Ferraro Jr., 78, of New York and Florida, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Mr. Ferraro was born on July 12, 1942 in Far Rockaway, NY to the late Thomas Francis Ferraro Sr. and Vivian May Seitz-Ferraro. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy for 6 years.
He worked as a Conductor for the Long Island Railroad for 33 years until his retirement. He enjoyed playing the trumpet, photography, crocheting, being a Scout Master, traveling in his RV, karaoke, and spending time with friends and family.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Jack Ferraro.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Marie Mulligan-Ferraro of Charlotte; children, Casey Elaine Ferraro-Patterson (and husband Brian Patterson), Timothy Edward Ferraro, Peter Thomas Ferraro, and Alexis Elizabeth Ferraro-Taal (and husband Christopher Taal).
Thomas is also survived by his sisters Diane, Patricia, Donna and 4 grandchildren, Braden, Eloise, Graham and Amelia.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Carolina Cremation of Charlotte and Salisbury is assisting the Ferraro family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
L Patterson says
So sorry you will be missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and know how much you were loved Lynne Patterson
L Patterson says
So sorry you will be missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and know how much you were loved.
Wherever you are, wherever I’ll be, I know you’ll be there. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. I can’t stop thinking about my childhood and how much you made it what it was. There were hardly any “no’s”. There were more “yes”s and “go ahead get another”s. Mostly “go ask your mother”s. Which usually turned out to be no’s. (Sorry mom, I’m sure it was for the best) Thank you for everything you passed on to me. Your love of seafood, fishing, love of doo wop, your dirty sense of humor, action movies, love of family. You did NOT, however, pass on your singing voice. That didn’t get any further than Casey. But most of all, thank you for giving everything to us and working so hard to do so. You and mom did a perfect job. Because my version of heaven is my childhood. I hope you’re enjoying your perfect heaven. Whatever, wherever, that may be. I’ll see you in my dreams.
Patricia Ferraro says
My dear brother “Tim,”
Although we weren’t together often in our later years, it was always a good time whether it was on Perry Avenue in Oceanside, Lindenhurst or in Florida somewhere. You certainly knew how to have fun and live a life that was true to who you were. But you were so much more. You raised a beautiful family and passed on all the positive values and morals to them so they all became great adults and able to raise their own families. You were fair, funny, kind and caring and although you had so much love for others the true testament was that others had love and respect for you.
On all your journeys and ventures you made friends and touched the lives of so many. You will remain in all hearts and memories forever. I believe in Heaven and eternal life. I believe you have been granted that life. Enjoy your eternal rest and don’t stir up too much trouble with dad. Rest easy my brother. Until we meet again. Love the middle sister – always “Fatch” to you ❤️ (Patricia,Pat,Trish)
Donna Marchese says
Life gets in the way sometimes, combined with our age difference and living distance but you were never out of my heart. Every family has a rebel and from when I was a little girl, I kinda knew that was you. You marched to the beat of your own drummer and did life your way but also raised an amazing family who will keep your legacy alive.
Whenever I spoke about you I told the stories of your amazing umbrella collection and how you were the “crocheting conductor.” I still have the blanket you made for Nicholas and will cherish it always.
You were the life of the party, you got that from Daddy so I’m sure you both are cutting it up in Heaven.
Rest In Peace, watch over us, kiss Mom, Dad and Jack for me..
Donna aka Doob
Casey Patterson says
I don’t even know what to say…
So many thoughts and memories.
We all knew a different part of my dad. Some of you knew him as ‘Tim’, or ‘Tom’, or ‘Tommy’.
His grandkids knew him as ‘Pop Pop’.
Maybe you even knew him as ‘Popcorn Tom’. This one might have been his favorite.
He cherished his family more than anything but he took SO much pride in being Popcorn Tom. ✨????✨
We were all beyond lucky to have known him, although I consider myself the luckiest to have known him as my Dad.
Rest easy now dad.
You gave us all you had (except your shelf in the kitchen) and taught us everything we need.
I love you and will keep your memory alive by always telling stories about you to the kids.
Love, Casey (your “puups”) ❤️
Jay Partridge says
I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I worked with Tommy for many years on the LIRR. He was a high powered guy with a heart of gold. He also was a great Conductor. He got the train over the road and he was always fair with the splits.
As all with all good railroad men, I’m sure Tom has been given a Clear Block to that big train yard in the sky. TF, we’ll miss you! My condolences to the Ferraro family.
Marty Quinn says
Sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. We worked together many times and remember about six weeks in the late 70s when we worked half nights in West Hempstead. Good times too soon gone. Clear Block! condolences to his whole family.
Joe Umina says
I worked with Tommy on the LIRR as an Engineer for many years He was a great conductor and individual. My condolences to his family. Rest in peace
Howard Weiss says
I too worked with Tommy. He was really a great guy and will be missed. He came out to visit me here in AZ. My condolences to his Family and may he rest in Peace…
PATTY FERRARO says
Thank you, Tommy
Thank you for asking me to marry you over 51 years ago which brought your loving family into my life. And thank you for being so kind to my family.
Thank you for saying you were proud of me after I gave birth to Casey. And thank you for the endless dirty diapers and feedings you took care of for all 4 of our kids.
Thank you for being so outgoing and bringing such rich and special friendships into our lives.
Thank you for spending the night in the hospital with our little 3 year old Peter when he had to be there.
Thank you for your whistling that brightened our days.
Thank you for the work you put in for all our backyard parties. And, thank you for all the sauces and meatballs and cream puffs and the hundreds and hundreds of Christmas cookies we made.
Thank you for working so much overtime to pay for a lovely home, tuition and for everything else a growing family needs.
Thank you for all the lovely Christmases. Thank you for running out on Christmas Eve to find a policeman Smurf for Timmy when, at the last minute, it was discovered that’s what he asked the school Santa for, but neglected to tell us.
Thank you for being a kind and caring and proud dad.
Thank you for giving Casey and Lexie away at their weddings and setting the bar for a good man.
Thank you for being only a phone call away and for exchanging “I love you”s at the end of every call. I’ll miss that a lot.
We may have marched to a different drummer, but we both always wanted the best for each other and for our children and grandchildren.
Thank you and I miss you.
Aunt Necky says
I was 14 when I met you. So many years of another brother. So many years of laughs and tears and heartfelt advice.
So many memories.
One of my favorite Thanksgiving was when we all broke up into 2 or 3 card groups and played Pinochle. We laughed so hard we were screaming. And I’m sure it was you who started our Pinochle craze.
And the best bar-b-q’s…with the ever-ready towel.
And you could play “ham-bone” on your chest and knees.
And even though we hadn’t seen each other for the last 20 years, just hearing your familiar “Hey Neck” made me feel good.
And something no one else may know…that you are the most generous man I have ever known.
We’ll all miss you so much.
I have ever known.
We’ll miss you much.
Melinda Hulme says
Patty – I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Please let me know if you need anything!
Monica Allen says
Patty, Sending you and your family my deepest heartfelt condolences doing this difficult time.
Much love to and your family. Stay strong.
Popcorn Tom and great friend. That’s what you were to DJ and myself. We are going to miss checking up on you and the texting back and forth to fill you in on my life and to get the update on yours. We won’t ever forget the dinner we all went to with Dr. Bob what a blast and was at just the right time. We knew you from working with you for 9 years every weekend and holidays. I bartended and Dj made sure we had drambuie when you did Kareoke on Wednesdays and Sunday nights. You had a great voice. This was the only other thing I think you enjoyed better than being in charge of making sure everyone had popcorn and the seasonings. Those seasonings that you paid for out of your own pocket when guests known as friends didn’t leave tip or the bags because the bags weren’t the right size at times they had ordered. Those things were important for all the guests which weren’t guests to you. They all fell in love and were friends, lifelong friends after 5 minutes of meeting you. We also remember you trying to get the gps all figured out with Mj and Terry’s car so you could get up there to see your family during the holidays and you did. It was hard to get you to agree you needed a car that would be safe and worry free. Little stubborn when it came to excepting things. Those kids and grandkids were life for you the pictures you loved to share with us. We knew one day this would come eventually as your health was declining but We weren’t exactly expecting it so quickly. All we can say is when you told us you were moving It was bittersweet. We knew you needed to spend more than a week with your family that vacation trips were so nice but you needed more assistance. You needed them to comfort you and for you to be able to tell stories you might not have been able to tell them, to let them know how much they meant to you and how much you loved them. You will always have a special place in our hearts. One more thing if you can see this from above the person you may have said something about we all know you were right and we all know the truth she did and she is and she still does. Everyone there was too afraid to say it, but so proud of you for making it clear to everyone. Many of us never had the opportunity to be able to say it. Damn wish we would have. Thank you for being so brave even though it changed life. You need to know we appreciate the gesture. Much love we are so happy we were blessed in knowing you and calling you a friend all these years until we meet again♥️♥️♥️