He was the son of Julius and Mary (Molinari) Speranzi. He was born at home on Brookside Avenue on February 3rd, 1932. Tom attended St Mary’s school and a graduate of Oneonta High school, class of 1950.
After his senior year of high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1951-1954 and spent one year in Korea with the 1st Marine Division, 4.5” Rocket Battery.
Returning home, he married his high School sweetheart, Grace Baranowski on February 28th, 1954 and started raising a family. He worked for the Department of Transportation for 37 ½ years, Andy & Gays Restaurant for 25 years, and other many part time jobs to help support his family.
Years later he joined Fox Links gym and worked out and swam seven days a week until COVID 2020. He was always happy chatting with the members, sometimes wearing funny outfits or socks. He made many friends and enjoyed his time there. He loved watching old reruns on TV or anything else that was on and loved to tease and kid everybody. Most importantly he loved his family. He played a serious game of racket ball in his day, playing up into his 70s, and was extremely good at the game.
Tom is survived by his wife Grace; and three sons, Thomas Speranzi (Deb Harvey), John Speranzi, and Robert Speranzi (Arlene), all of Oneonta; grandchildren, Marie (David) Herring of Manassas, VA, Thomas Speranzi (Jen Clark) of Belleville, IL , Rachel (Rusch) Speranzi, of Jacksonville, NC and Marisa Speranzi of Oneonta and her mother Judy Hernandez Speranzi; great grandchildren, Josiah Herring and Kendall Herring of Manassas VA, and Tommy T. Speranzi of Belleville IL; sister in law, Ruth Smith; brother in law John Baranowski; sister in law Bonnie Baranowski; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Tom was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Joseph, Anthony and Andrew; his sisters, Caroline Mauel, Ann Briguglio; and a nephew, Mark Speranzi. He was also predeceased by his young daughter, Elaine. He was blessed to have been married for over 69 years and to have such a wonderful family and life.
Friends are invited to greet the family on Friday, December 8th, 2023 at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta, from 10am – 12pm with a funeral service immediately following at 12pm.
Burial with military honors will take place in the spring at Mt Calvary Cemetery, Emmons, at the convenience of the family.
Tom was never a big suit & tie guy so therefore just dress comfortable!
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Rd, Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Oneonta Boys & Girls Club, 70 River St #2358, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.GrummonsFuneralHome.com for the Speranzi family.