Thomas J. Reitano

December 21, 2017
Reitano, Thomas J.

Thomas Joseph Reitano – Our hearts are broken over the sudden loss of our loving husband and father on December 21, 2017 in Brigantine, NJ.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on July 20, 1957, he was the son of Anna (Steo) Reitano and the late Thomas Reitano. He attended Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn, NY. He was a US Navy veteran. He came to New Hampshire to further his education at Daniel Webster College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation and Computer Science.

Tom was a retired Air Traffic Controller with the Federal Aviation Administration at Boston Center in Nashua. He was currently employed as an Air Traffic Specialist for the FAA in Egg Harbor, New Jersey.

Tom will be remembered for his outgoing personality and for being our go to computer guy. He cherished his time on Brigantine Island (NJ) where he loved hosting family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Pennie, whom he married on August 24, 1985 and shared the past 33 years together; his mother, Anna Reitano; his daughters Alyse Reitano and Nicole Reitano-Urquhart and her husband Steven all of Nashua; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Barbara and James Arnott; sister-in law, Dixie Garner and her husband Chris; two nieces, Amanda Schneck and her husband Kyle, and Katie Mullen and her fiancé, Eric Hackett; a nephew, Nathan Garner and his significant other Allie Briggs; a grandniece, Alexa Schneck, a grandnephew, Austin Schneck; an aunt, Fran D’Amato many dear cousins and friends. In addition to his father, Tom was predeceased by his brother, Frank Reitano.

Calling hours will be held at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua on Saturday, December 30th from 2 to 5 p.m. Friends are invited to attend.

31 Comments on Thomas J. Reitano

Richard Dodge said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2017 at 5:54 PM

Tom was a fantastic man and great friend. So sorry for your loss, he'll be missed.

Chuck St George said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2017 at 1:38 PM

Tom and I spent many hours together remodeling his home. My favorite project was the kitchen which included a tile backsplash hand painted by Pennie. Tom brought me into the computer age and for that I am grateful, I think! Losing a friend is hard. My heartfelt sympathy to his family.

The Pelton family said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Reitano family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Tommy was a good friend and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Melissa McMahon said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2017 at 2:07 AM

To the Reitano family, My deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time. I knew Tom through work at Boston Center. He always had a smile on his face and always talked so highly of his wife and daughters. Hearing of his passing today was a complete shock and my heart goes out to all of you. He was truly a wonderful man and will be missed by all that knew him. Regards, Melissa McMahon

Renee Bouthillier said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2017 at 3:06 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. A great guy and wonderful Dad. God bless you all in your time of need.

Marie said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2017 at 12:36 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family of Tom. God knows your deep heartache and the many tears you shed and he wants to sustain you. In the Bible at 2 Corinthians 4:7 it says that God can give us, “… power beyond what is normal,” to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry or that we forget, but it means we recover. We can recover because of our hope. When Jesus was on earth he saw the grief that his friends Martha and Mary experienced at the death of their brother, Lazarus, the Bible says, “Jesus cried,” (John 11:35). Afterwards, he resurrected Lazarus. Everyone was so joyful at having Lazarus back with them. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28, “… all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out.” Jesus was referring to the resurrection. This is our amazing hope that anchors us. Just like an anchor stabilizes a ship, our hope stabilizes us, keeps us from drowning in overwhelming sadness so we can go from one day to the next. It helps us recover and have the power to go on. Not only does God provide the Bible promises to comfort, he will also comfort you by moving people who care about you to give you help and words of encouragement that you need to hear. When he brings the reality of his promised resurrection, all your tears of pain will be replaced with tears of joy.

Andrea Stamas said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2017 at 11:12 AM

I am truly sorry to hear of your loss, even though I have only met Tom a few times, no doubt he was a wonderful husband,father, and friend to many. May he rest in peace. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. My most sincere condolences. Andrea

Lori SiebertHartling said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2017 at 10:27 PM

Pennie, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so incredibly sorry for you loss.

Deb and Rick Vogeley said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Pennie, Alyse and Nicole, you are in our prayers. Tom was such a proud dad and husband. Taken far too soon. We are so sorry for your loss.

Bobby Vito Martone said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2017 at 2:30 AM

I trained Tom, and had the pleasure of carpooling with him at ZJZ...I am deeply saddened and pray for Pennie and the family. Be at peace , old friend. You will be missed...

Heather Webber said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 11:44 PM

I wish for you to find support, peace and comfort knowing how much Tom was loved, and how much he loved the three of you. Holding you close in my thoughts and heart. Take good care of each other. “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Kahlil Gibran

John and Deb Green said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 9:31 PM

I met Tom at Daniel Webster in the early 80's and had the pleasure of working with him for many years at Boston center. Always had a smile on his face and loved to talk smack about the Yankees. Deb and I wish to extend our condolences to the Reitano family, he was taken too soon.

Stan Mullen said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 8:48 PM

Dear Pennie, Alyse, and Nicole, Some things in life make perfect sense, some do not. This is definitely the latter. I will miss Tom’s infectious laugh, smile, and constant conversation during family gatherings. The future will never be the same and the void he leaves can never be filled. I can honestly say that Tom’s devotion as a husband and father and the family values he leaves behind, will live on within each of you forever. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Stan and Debbie

Karen McAdam said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 8:43 PM

To the Reitano Family, My husband and I like so many others had the pleasure of knowing and working with Tom. He was a wonderful man that truly loved his family and his friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand or be a shoulder to lean on. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Karen McAdam said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 8:43 PM

To the Reitano Family, My husband and I like so many others had the pleasure of knowing and working with Tom. He was a wonderful man that truly loved his family and his friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand or be a shoulder to lean on. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Mike Lyman said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 7:51 PM

The Reitano Family. So sorry for your loss! Tom was excited about the future and we were so happy to work with him here. I will have good memories of him both from here and from ZBW. God bless.

Sam and Eileen Rutigliano said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 7:02 PM

To the Reitano family- Saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Tom. We attended Bishop Ford high school in Brooklyn N.Y., together and played on the baseball team. He was always outgoing and smiling. Politics was a topic I enjoyed discussing with him. We lost touch over the years, and reconnected through our daughters who were friends in Nashua High School. Tom will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

John & Heidi Fitzgerald said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 6:09 PM

Pennie, Aylse and Nicole please accept our deepest condolences. My wife and I worked with and for Tommy for over 20 years at ZBW, Tommy was a very good supervisor but an even better friend! He will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers, now and always.

Joe Kovack said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 5:21 PM

The Reitano family, I had the great pleasure of meeting and knowing Tom though our work at the Technical Center, always a smile and it was my honor to have known him, Rest in peace Tom, you'll be missed

Gary Pole said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Tom and I would always talk NY baseball. He followed the Yankees and I'm a Met's fan. We had some heated discussions but always walked away friends. I retired 5 years ago and lost track of him. I'm sorry for your loss. The world has lost a truly great guy.

John Sherry said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Dear Pennie, Alyse and Nicole: I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tom the past 5 Year’s at the Tech Center. Tom was a great guy who had the gift of Gab...as my mother would say....all anyone had to say was, “Hey Tommy Boy” , and he would talk for an hour before coming up for air. Tom always talked about his girls, and how proud he was of his two daughters. He was all about family, and his friends. You’ll never find anyone with a stronger heart, what with everything he’s been through the past few years,....and you will not find anyone who knew him, even people he had just met, who didn’t consider him a good friend. We will all miss him....a true gentleman. I know that right about now Tommy and Saint Peter are having a long conversation about the Yankees winning the World Series next year. Rest In Peace my Friend....you will be greatly missed.

Lisa M. Sullivan said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 4:24 PM

I worked with Tommy at ZBW and the two things I will remember about him most are his always-jovial personality and his love for his three red-headed girls! He always spoke so lovingly about his wife and his daughters. I am so sorry for your loss but I hope it brings just a little comfort to know how much he loved you all. Peace and strength to your family.

Stephen Roebuck said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 4:18 PM

To the Reitano family, I was so saddened to hear of Tom's passing. I was lucky enough to know Tom at Boston Center, where we worked in adjacent Area's. Tom was always the consummate family man, had a great sense of humor; he was a remarkable professional, and much more. I know that he will be greatly missed by all. My family and I convey to your family our deepest condolences. May Tom rest in peace. Sincerely, Steve & Karen Roebuck and family.

Hal Albert said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 3:18 PM

Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. No words can express the tragic sense of loss to everyone that knew Tom. He was a pro, gentleman, leader, and great friend. He loved and was so proud of his family. He will be missed.

Dodi & Rick Mitchell said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Dear Pennie, Alyse and Nicole, We are so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Rick and I both worked with Tom at Boston Center. He was a truly wonderful guy. He always spoke of his family with love ❤️May your love for each other and your many good memories bring you healing and peace during this difficult time. In sympathy, Dodi and Rick Mitchell

Jose Pereda said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 3:08 PM

Dear Pennie, Alyse and Nicole. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I had the privilege of working with Tom for 3 years and all he could talk about was his love for all of you. He loved his sports (baseball, football) and enjoyed playing softball with us at work. He was a friend that we could always go to, to make us all laugh. He truly was like a member of my family. I will miss him dearly. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Kent and Paula Johnson said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 3:05 PM

Tommy was a great guy. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. Our condolences.

Joey Gaynor said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM

To the Reitano family, I was deeply saddened hearing the news of Tom's passing. I was honored to be a friend of his for the past 3 years and he will be deeply missed. He was an awesome member of our test team and loved his vigor and enthusiasm he brought to the job. My prayers to you Penny and the entire family.

Peter Golder said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 2:54 PM

Tom will be missed. Always a pleasure to talk to, whether about the Giants, politics, or work. Rest in peace my friend.

Thomas Zaccheo said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 2:49 PM

The Reitano Family, The short time I had the pleasure of Toms friendship and work relationship, we had good times and great laughs. My heart is broken for a fellow Air Traffic Controller, he will be sorely missed at the Tech Center

Debbie Mullen said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Dear Pennie, Alyse and Nicole: You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Stan and Debbie Mullen.

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