Tommy was always a very active person watching his health and weight. He continually worked out in the gym and was an avid cyclist and inline skater. Tommy was always on his bike, riding to raise money for various charities throughout New York and beyond. His goal was to always help those in most need.
In his younger years he was active with C.B. Radio and has remained close to the group of friends from the hobby, as well as those from his block growing up. Now Tommy was a Licensed Extra Class Amateur Radio operator and has passed the FCC commercial General Radio Telephone Operators license with Marine and Aircraft Radar Endorsements,a necessary requirement to work for NYC, NYC Police, NYC Fire Dept. as a Radio Technician
He was voted President of the Ham Radio Club KCRC. (Kings County Radio Club) before Passing.
From early childhood, Tommy was known for his wisdom and compassion. I recall how at ten years old, Tommy noticed his friend Todd’s Mother struggling to carry home her groceries. Todd’s mother was recovering from surgery and Tommy ran to her assistance, carried her bags home, and refused any kind of tip. Whenever anyone had a problem with their car, audio system or an electronic issue in need of remedy, Tommy was always there to quickly fix the problem.
He has volunteered with his friend David Mahoney in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy distributing food, and clothes to the victims of Gerritsen Beach. When Hurricane Sandy struck, ConEd couldn’t restore power to the volunteer center of Gerritsen Beach at 7 days into the storms passing, with nothing but candles and small flashlights being used the center was hard pressed to function . Who had the generous heart and expertise to get the job done? Tommy did! By making use of old Christmas lights a batch of emergency batteries and a slew of home brew rigged wiring, gave some lighting to the inside of the center that supplied food and clothing to the Gerritsen community, later making use of some poorly placed police generators, to use as power to keep the center functional under there state of duress. Tommy luckily was able to find a much needed and( impossible to find at that time) generator for the Gerritsen Fire House.
He went out and approached local hardware store owners to donate electrical supplies and for power and lighting and basic necessities for the volunteer center to continue functioning , Tommy did the same thing for the victims of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, during the first week of the storm helping OEM ( Office of Emergency Management) with distribution of water, food warm clothes for families in need. Tommy also made good use of his ham radio hobby to transfer messages from other radio operators in the field portable and mobile where there was no telephone or wireless cell service, and used his radio room to get those calls for help through by calling via his working phone line and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) contacting the necessary authorities for the Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay and Staten Island, for their emergency needs.
Tommy’s entire life has been the very definition of generosity and kindness to anyone in need. He will be remembered for a long long time.