Thomas Zavaglia Jr.

thomas  zavaglia jr.

March 20, 1947 ~ September 4, 2022

Born in: Rochester, New York
Resided in: Gates , NY

Thomas Zavaglia, Jr.

Gates:  Sunday, September 4, 2022 at age 75.  Predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Helen Zavaglia; mother and father in-law, Carmel and Louis Pezzulo.  Survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Diane Zavaglia; his children, Thomas Zavaglia and Nadene (Jason) Madigan; his granddaughter, Riley Madigan; his brother, Ronald (MaryJo) Zavaglia; sister, Linda (Pete) Schwamberger; sisters-in-law, Joanne (Michael) Lacagnina, Rose Marie Pezzulo; many dear relatives and friends. Tom enjoyed traveling, gardening, his trips to the public market and making homemade pasta with his granddaughter.

Friends may call Thursday (Sept 8th) 4-7 PM at Vay-Schleich and Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road.  His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (Sept 9th) 9:30 AM at St. Theodore’s Church.  Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.


Visitation: September 8, 2022 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Mass of Christian Burial: September 9, 2022 9:30 am

St. Theodore's Church
168 Spencerport Rd.
Spencerport, NY 14559

Entombment: September 9, 2022 11:00 am

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

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  1. Tom, you have an amazing family who will miss you each and every day. I will always treasure the privilege of knowing what a kind person you were. RIP you sweet soul.

  2. Our sympathy to the family!
    Tom was our friend for many years at the airport. He always made an extra effort to great us and check to see if we needed anything. The years we had the US AIR Club at ROC were anyways fun and uplifting when Tom was behind the desk.

    Now enjoy your time above the clouds.

    Richard and Debra Huxley

  3. My deepest condolences to the ZAVAGLIA family. I’ve known Tom for many,many years and treated me like family. Just a genuine man. I’m heartbroken.

  4. Dearest Diane and family,
    I am so sorry to learn of Tom’s passing.
    He was one of the finest people I ever had the privilege of working for.
    May your precious memories help you through this difficult time.
    Please know you are in my prayers.

    Corinne Lippa-Zajac
    Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  5. From the entire family of John and Christine Fantuzzo in Philadelphia–
    Diane, Nadine, and Tom, our deepest condolences.

    You are all in our prayers at this difficult time of mourning and loss of a beautiful and loving man. As kids, we called Tom “Timmy.” We younger cousins always looked up to him because he was always so gentle and kind to us; we knew he cared for us. I was blessed to have Timmy be my Sponsor for my Confirmation at St. Francis Church; it was such a special moment in Church to have him stand with me-a precious memory. I know his gentle and loving spirit will always be in my heart (and all of our hearts) because he gave these true gifts from his heart. God created him a beautiful and good soul to be with us and to be kind to us. Now he is with the Lord and his passing calls us to our hope and faith of joining him where the loving kindness and peace of our Lord will be our sanctuary. Know that you are surrounded by our love and prayers. Cousin John Fantuzzo and family.

  6. My heart is broken. Tom helped me cope through a difficult time in my life. He had been my co-worker and the best of friend anyone could only hope for in life. I will miss him terribly. So many fond memories through the years of working with him. Much love to Diane and Family Donna Meskell

  7. Diane and family my heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I worked with Tom at the airlines and he was very kind, funny and respectful. A true officer and a gentleman. He is missed.

  8. Diane, Nadene and Tom, I am so sorry for your loss. Anyone who knew Tim knew how kind and good he was. I can’t think of a time when he didn’t make Linda and I laugh. I remember when he got a Cadillac and took me for a ride with the top down. What a sweetheart he was and I am so glad I knew him. If it wasn’t for Tim I never would have met my bestfriend Linda, his sister. Dinny, I hope you and the kids and Riley will find peace at this time and soon you will have many many good memories to look back on. God Bless you all. Love, Patti Milazzo Smith

  9. Dear Diane, Nadine and Tom, my heartfelt Sympathy is sent to you and your families. We were neighbors for 14 years and we had a wonderful sense of happiness in our neighborhood where our young children would play. I remember it like yesterday!
    I will keep you all in my prayers as you go through this difficult time.
    May God Bless his soul. Prayerfully with Love, Linda D’Ambrosio

  10. I worked at USAir with Tom in Philadelphia. He was always such a kind and caring gentleman. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

  11. I met Tommy at USAir in Philadelphia. It was a pleasure to know him. My prayers and condolences to the family.

  12. My condolences Diane and family. Tom was a great friend and co-worker. I’m really sad to hear of his passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

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