Thomas J. DamarioMay 24, 1945 ~ November 16, 2017 (age 72)
Thomas J. Damario lost his battle with Lewy Body Dementia on November 16, 2017 in Boise, ID, he was 72.
Thomas J. Damario was born May 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada to Ernest and Rita Damario. After WWII ended, they moved back to the Philadelphia area and settled in Folsom, PA. After Tom graduated from Ridley High School, he was drafted into the Navy and was stationed in Pensacola, FL during the Vietnam War.
1976 was the year that Tom decided to come to Alaska so he and his friend Karl Hornick drove up the Alaska Highway. Tom eventually ended up working in law enforcement in the North Slope Borough for several years in both Barrow and Anaktuvuk Pass. He enjoyed his time up there and was very proud to have attended the Law Enforcement Academy in Sitka. Tom returned to Fairbanks, and worked for FCC as a correctional officer for 23 years before retiring in 2008.
Tom enjoyed visiting family back in PA and hanging out at Cape May, NJ where his family often vacationed when he was growing up. He caught the skiing bug as a young man and shared that with his children, Matthew Damario and Christiana Ahmoagak. He looked forward to skiing at Moose Mountain every year. Tom also enjoyed hunting spruce grouse and woodchucks back home in PA for the farmers.
Tom is survived by his children, Matthew Damario and Christiana Ahmoagak both of Fairbanks, brother Fran (Cindy) Damario of Fairbanks, sister, Jane (Nick) Barrett of Chadds Ford, PA, uncle and aunt, Richard and Connie Becker of Newtown Square, PA and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews all around the Country.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Bobby Damario and aunt and uncle, Helyn and Charlie Killen.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services from 9:30 – 10:30a.m. A reception will be held downstairs following services at Church.
Tom’s Goddaughter, Joanna Johnson, has two sons with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, this cause was very dear to him. In lieu of flowers, the Family would like memorial donations to be made to www.parentprojectmd.org
Arrangements were entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home, 482-3232. Online condolences may be made at blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com