Thomas Edward Mongero, beloved son, brother, father, friend and Man of God, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday November 13, 2018, surrounded by his loving family
Tom was born in Peekskill, New York and raised in Somers, New York. He was an alum of Somers High School, Delhi State University and Pace University. Tom had a successful career in automotive sales and management, but his true passion shone through in his culinary talents. Sitting down to one of Tommy Mongero’s meals was a real treat for all. It was a time of love, laughter— and of course – delicious cuisine. He owned and was head chef to various delis throughout his lifetime.
Tom was a true force of nature. He was an Italian New Yorker (hence his love of food), boisterous, loud, sarcastic, and so much fun to be around. More importantly he was kind-hearted, strong, and a gracious “gentle giant.” He was an avid Yankees and Giants fan. Imagine the difficulty of his recent years amongst his Massachusetts family cheering for the Boston Red Sox. Clearly, Tom was also a good sport. In October 2018, just one month before his passing, the Dana Farber organization gifted him a luxury suite for Game 2 of the World Series playoffs (NYY vs. BOS) for Tom and 23 of his closest friends and family. The Yankees went home with a victory that night, as did Tom.
It’s not an easy task to do Tom justice with just these few paragraphs. While he faced many challenges throughout his lifetime, his perseverance was admired by all who knew him. He had an infectious personality that was larger than life. He lit up a room with his quick wit and humor. He loved treating family and friends to a home-cooked meal (it was always wise to err on the side of caution when challenging him to a lobster-eating contest). He loved his children with all of his heart and was always quick to remind them of how proud he was to be their dad. He practiced God’s word with a loving community of family and friends of the Boston Church of Christ. Tom leaves behind a legacy that will be carried on in the hearts of all who knew him. To be gone is not to be forgotten; for Tom’s life has left an imprint on so many lives.
Tom was the loving father of Kathleen “Kitty Kat” Mongero of Austin, TX, Stephanie “Stepher” Jones & her husband Austin of Charlotte, NC, and Thomas “T-Man” Mongero, Jr. “TJ” of Austin, TX. He was the beloved son of John J. Mongero of Burlington, MA and the late Harriet Mongero. He was the brother of Gary Mongero of North Andover, MA; Karen Potter & her husband Mark of Burlington, MA; and Linda Gundrum & her husband Todd of East Meadow, NY. He is also survived by his dear friend and ex-wife, Gigi Williams; many nieces, nephews, friends and the community of the Boston Church of Christ, who became like family to Tom. Memorials in Tom’s name may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute – Jimmy Fund, Contribution Services, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, Make A Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114 www.mass.wish.org or HOPE worldwide, Ltd. • 4231 Balboa Ave #330, San Diego, CA 92117 firstname.lastname@example.org