Beloved father and grandfather, Thomas W. Villanti , 69, of Parlin NJ, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2022 surrounded by his family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Bernadette’s Roman Catholic Church, 20 Villanova Rd., Parlin, on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 10:00AM, with interment to follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery, 53 Inman Ave., Colonia. For more information or to send condolences, please visit www.spezzifuneralhome.com
Thomas joins his beloved parents, Thomas and Ada, who predeceased him. He is survived by his four dearest children, Jason Starr (wife Christine) of Brick, Thomas Villanti (wife Stefani) of Sayreville, Sandra O’Neill (husband Jason) of East Brunswick, and Kristina Villanti of Montgomery; along with eight adored grandchildren Alexandria, Thomas Jr., Tyler, Emily, Brielle, Sandra, Nicholas and Callie; dear brother Bart Villanti and loving sister Ada Elissa Villanti; nieces Liz Stampone, Angela Henderson and Mercedes Rivera. He is also survived by many loving extended family members and friends.
Thomas was born February 12, 1953 to Thomas and Ada Villanti in Brooklyn, NY. He resided in Queens before moving to Old Bridge, NJ and graduated from St. Mary’s High School, South Amboy in 1971. He was a steel worker at Gerdau Ameristeel, formerly Co-Steel Raritan, where he remained for more than 35 years. He proudly coached Sayreville soccer for almost 15 years and his heart and his door were always open to assist the children of the community and his neighbors. He took great pride in his neighborhood and enjoyed helping fix up the homes and yards on the block. In retirement he continued to be a devoted father and grandfather. He loved the Jersey Shore and appreciated the peace and beauty of watching the sunrise. He took a seasonal retirement job with security for Jenkinson’s Pavilion Bar and Restaurant in Point Pleasant Beach and worked part-time for Sayreville Public Schools as a bus aid for children with special abilities. Among so many other traits, Thomas will be long remembered for his sense of humor, endless energy, friendship and willingness to help anyone and everyone. He touched all those around him and will be sorely missed by those left behind.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Thomas’ memory to Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pancan).