Thomas Charles Ferlo, 60, of Sacrament, California, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital following a brief illness. Thomas was born on September 4, 1960, in Rome, NY. He was a devoted son of Thomas J. Ferlo of Rome, NY, and the late Elaine (Walker) Ferlo, and step son to Patricia Ferlo. Thomas is survived by his loving partner, Jean Paccione; his son, Dominic Ferlo, of Sacramento CA; brother, Christopher Ferlo and his wife Cynthia of Wantage, NJ; brother, Michael Ferlo, of Rome, NY; his 3 cherished nieces, Jennifer (Ferlo) Manooken of Chatsworth, CA, Nicole Ferlo of Wantage, NJ, and Emily Ferlo of Winter Park, FL. He is also survived by many cousins, aunts, uncles and step siblings, Pam Semo, Jay Curtis, Steve Curtis, Lori Curtis (deceased), Patricia Finister.
He attended Camden High School. Shortly after graduation, Thomas was highly motivated to serve his country by joining the US Marine Corps in 1979. He was a true patriot, having honorably served for 10 years in the Marines. Sergeant Ferlo first served as a security specialist earning several good conduct medals and the status as an expert rifle marksman and pistol expert. He then was transferred overseas to Okinawa Japan, where he received a sea service commendation. Tom returned to the states and was stationed in San Diego, CA, where he worked as a graphics specialist for the Top Gun Pilot program and received the Naval Unit commendation. After his honorable discharge in 1989, Thomas continued as a proud advocate for the Marine Corps through his various duties as an enthusiastic steward of the Corps Thomas frequently said “once a Marine, always a Marine”
Thomas was an avid lifelong New York Yankees fan, attending many games over the years with his father and brothers. His antics and cheering at Yankee games in the right field bleachers were great family memories and earned himself high praise among the bleacher creatures.
He was very well known as a very loving, friendly, honorable man who was very funny and humorous. He was constantly entertaining his family and friends with his many skits, jokes, impersonations and practical jokes by adding comic relief to nearly every situation. He spread joy to everyone who knew him but asked for very little in return. He was a true lover of life.
Thomas was very proud of his Italian heritage and large Italian family. The son of a 3rd generation baker at the famous family bakery “Ferlo’s Italian Bakery” in Rome, NY. His favorites included creme filled finger donuts, jelly filled donuts, Italian Toast and garlic bread. Tom was a fierce loyal member of the family, the 2nd oldest grandchild of 18 grandchildren of his beloved grandmother Isabella. Large voicetress family meals and gatherings were shared every Sunday, which sometimes included some of the 34 great-grandchildren as well as many friends and other members of the community. He looked forward to his yearly trips from California to Rome, especially enjoying his favorite Italian meals at the Savoy restaurant with Jean, his parents, brothers and their families.
Thomas’ motto was God, family and the Corps. Revelations 21:4 tells us “He will wipe away all the tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness or pain. The world of the past is gone.” Thomas will be immensely missed by all. Our Triune God has called his son Thomas to join his heavenly flock. The beautiful memories of this exquisite man will continue to guide us in this life and the next.
Following a private committal service, Thomas will be interned at the Sacramento Valley National Military Cemetery in Dixon, California with full military honors.