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Thomas Acunzo

Birth 21 Jul 1946 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA

Death 8 Mar 2007 Suffern, Rockland County, New York, USA

Burial Calvary Cemetery New Windsor, Orange County, New York, USA

Thomas George Acunzo aka Thomas G. Acunzo aka Thomas Acunzo aka Tom Acunzo, a resident of 37 Keats Drive, New Windsor, New York 12553 and before that of 111 Lakeview Avenue, Valhalla, New York 10595 died 8 March 2007 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, 257 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, New York 10901. He was 60.

Tom was born July 1946 in Manhattan to the late Thomas C. Acunzo (1916-1970) and Elizabeth Acunzo née Hart (1920-1973). He grew up in 1576 Taylor Avenue, Bronx, New York 10460 and attended St. Anthony's grammar school, 1776 Mansion Street, Bronx, New York 10460.

His father Thomas C. Acunzo (1916-1970) was a Sgt E-5 in WW2, Battery B, 390th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons and Coast Artillery Battalion (390 AAA AW CAC) subordinate to the 26th Infantry Division ("Yankee Division"), III Corps, US Third Army.

Tom G. graduated Manhattan Prep High School, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Bronx, New York 10471 in 1964 (the Prep closed in 1971).

The LaSallian nightmare of a principal then was Brother George Rudolph Berrian, FSC aka Brother George R. Berrian, FSC aka Brother George Berrian, FSC aka Brother George, FSC Ed.D. "The Dome" (1925-2016). Along with Brother Celsus John Brown, FSC aka Brother C. John, FSC aka Brother John, "Bear" (1913-2012) and Sebastian J. Cacaci aka Sebastian Cacaci "Sebbie"/"Sebby" (1920-1968), a trio that formed 'The Bastinado Brotherhood'. Acunzo survived.

After high school he went on to C.U.N.Y., Baruch Division, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10010 studying Management, then transferred to Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10801 where he earned his B.A. in English in 1969.

After graduating Iona College Tom met Janice A. Cirillo and pledged his love to her on 14 February 1971 in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1170 Beach Avenue, Bronx, New York 10472.

Tom was a commissioned officer, Lieutenant Battalion Evaluator Instructor for the New York National Guard from 1969-1975. During that time he joined the FDNY Engine 91 Ladder 48 Battalion 3, 1226 Seneca Avenue, Bronx 10474 where he worked until his retirement in 1986.

While working for the Fire Department Tom along with his wife Janice A. Acunzo owned and operated New Windsor Carburetor Inc., 556 State Route 207, New Windsor, New York 12553-6117 and Jany's Speed Shop, State Route 207, New Windsor, New York 12553-6117.

In 1995 Tom enrolled in the Institute of Religious Studies at St. Joseph's Seminary, 201 Seminary Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10704 "Dunwoodie". There he received his M.A. in Religious Studies in 2000. While he was attending St. Joseph's Seminary, Tom was a teacher at Albertus Magnus High School, 798 New York State Route 304, Bardonia, New York 10954. He taught New Testament and Old Testament scriptures and Latin II. Later, he went on to teach at Cathedral Prep Seminary, 946 Boston Post Road, Rye, New York 10580, where he taught Fine Arts and Latin II.

Tom spent his final years of teaching at New York Military Academy (NYMA), 78 Academy Avenue, Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York 12520; he taught English and Latin I, II & III.

Tom was a member and a speaker for the Catholic Evidence Guild (CEG) New York Chapter (no formal address) whose mission was to explain and defend the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church. His talks were on WFAS-AM radio 1230kHz, 365 Secor Road, Hartsdale, New York 10530. He also participated in a video on "The World Over" on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, Alabama 35210-2164.

He was a guest speaker at parish youth groups and a speaker for Youth Day, Evangelization 2000 at St. Joseph's Seminary. He was a member of the Third Order of St. Dominic (known as Lay Fraternities of St Dominic or Lay Dominicans) in Newburgh, New York and was their Formation Director. Tom also taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) at Sacred Heart Church, 301 Ann Street, Newburgh, New York 12550 and was a guest speaker on "Mary" for the Confirmation class for St. Joseph's Church, 4 St. Joseph Place, New Windsor, New York 12553.

He completed the study in the Advanced Skill and Techniques of Pastoral Bereavement Counseling for the Archdiocese of New York, and a two-year training program in Spiritual Direction offered by the School of Spirituality of the Archdiocese of New York. Tom was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Old Little Britain Road, Newburgh, New York 12550.

Tom had many hobbies: he was a racquet ball player who won tournaments in the 1980s and an avid runner who ran marathons. He was a die-hard New York Yankees fan. He was a speed reader and enjoyed his complete collection of Louis Dearborn L'Amour aka Louis L'Amour (1908-1988). He was a writer and dreamed of one day being published. He enjoyed playing chess and cards; he loved watching old movies, painting and restoring his 1970 yellow Chevelle muscle car with a hood scoop and 6 pack. He visited the Adirondacks and Lake George where he and his family spent their vacations. Tom also had a passion for woodworking; he was very handy and built many beautiful pieces of furniture, including the cabinets and bookshelves at St. Joseph's Rectory and School.

Survivors include his devoted wife Janice A. Acunzo née Cirillo at home, loving children January Acunzo of New Windsor, and Thomas Acunzo, 30 Broadway, Tarrytown, New York 10591, dear brother Edward Acunzo and his wife Debbie Acunzo.

He was predeceased by his sister Maryanne Acunzo.

Obsequies by Coloni Funeral Home, 3001 Route 9W, New Windsor, New York 12553.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday 14 March 2007, at 11am, at Sacred Heart Church, 25 South Robinson Avenue, Newburgh New York 12550-5462.

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