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Updated: 02/06/2014 08:00:04AM

Thomas Vito Armando Christopher Paladino

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Thomas Vito Armando Christopher “Tom” Paladino, 84, of North Port, Fla., passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in the loving arms of family in Denver, Colo.

He was born June 15, 1929, in New Rochelle, N.Y., the 10th child of 13, to Guiseppe and Giovannia (nee Avallone) Paladino.

Thomas met his wife Maureen Riley on a golf course in Hollywood, Fla. They married Dec. 28, 1957, and were married 53 years until Maureen’s death in 2011. Thomas was a parishioner at San Pedro Catholic Church, he was a 50-year PGA cardholder, and was an avid reader who enjoyed philosophy, literature, history, music and all sports. He was also closely attached to his grandchildren, and in his last weeks, he visited and spent individual time with each one.

Thomas is survived by three children, Lisa Fortier of Aspen, Colo., Thomas J. Paladino of Sarasota, Fla., and James Paladino of Fairfield, Conn.; and six grandchildren.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at San Pedro Catholic Church. Please send any contributions to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Tom’s memory.

Dad, we know that you are not gone, just gone ahead, and someday we will all be together.

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