OBITUARY

Thomas Eugene Florestano, Jr.

February 21, 1962March 30, 2019

On Saturday, March 30, Thomas Eugene Florestano, Jr., died unexpectedly at the age of 57. Tom was born in Washington, DC on February 21, 1962 and raised in Crofton, Maryland. He graduated from Arundel Senior High School in 1980. He then spent several entertaining years enjoying the sights and sounds of Anne Arundel Community College and Washington College. Finally, deciding that a degree would be helpful, he graduated from the University of Maryland. He then spent many summer weekends at Dewey Beach, Delaware. For most of his career, he worked in the medical supply industry.

Tom had a passion for the ocean, lacrosse, his cats, and all things related to the University of Maryland Terrapins. His love for all animals led him to volunteer at various animal rescue operations. He was proud of his sobriety and spoke at AA/NA meetings on an almost daily basis.

Tom wore his heart on his sleeve; he was kind, compassionate and possessed an outrageous sense of humor. His kindness instilled a steadfast loyalty among his friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Thomas E. Florestano. He will be deeply and sorely missed by his mother, Dr. Patricia S. Florestano, his sister, Leslie Florestano Peek, and his brother in law, Kevin A. Peek. He is also survived by his Uncle, Ernest Florestano, Jr. and his first cousin, Marianna White, as well as numerous cousins.

The family will meet visitors from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm on Friday, May 3rd at the John M Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., in Annapolis, on Saturday, May 4th at 9 am. Memorials in Tom’s name may be made to either the Humane Society of Fairfax County, 4057 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030 or to the University of Maryland Terrapin Club, 8500 Paint Branch Road, College Park, Maryland 20742.

Services

3 May

Receiving of Friends

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

John M. Taylor Funeral Home

147 DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST
ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401

3 May

Receiving of Friends

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

John M. Taylor Funeral Home

147 DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST
ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401

4 May

Mass of Christian Burial

9:00 am - 10:15 am

St. Mary's Catholic Curch

109 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

REMEMBERING

Thomas Eugene Florestano, Jr.

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Anne Arundel County, Maryland Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority

April 25, 2019

On behalf of Kappa Delta sisters in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, we extend our deepest sympathy to our sister, Pat Florestano, as well as all of Tom's family, friends and those whose lives he touched in any way. AOT, Cydny Holt, President

Rebecca Gordon

April 25, 2019

I have known Tom professionally for more years than I can count. I knew him to be funny, more than dependable and his word was gospel. I never had to worry about any need that I had for surgery, as he would take care of it and go to many extremes to deliver the goods, so to speak.
I am deeply saddened by his passing and leaving this earthly home. I am praying that he is at Peace in the arms of the Lord.
I extend my prayers and sympathy to you, his mom and sister, about whom I have heard him speak of with love many times. May you too, find Peace!

Mark Maizel

April 24, 2019

A true friend and brother, you will be missed.

Bill Wells

April 14, 2019

Tom...my sponsor and I began coming to the meeting at Lake Anne a while back and had the pleasure of watching and enjoying you chair each week. We came early for the “meeting before the meeting” so as to get to know the group members better. It took no time at all to realize you were one of the good ones and had a sense of humor so I took it upon myself to rib you about that rocking chair you always occupied. The Wednesday before God called you home I lead the meeting and explained to you before it started I really only came early each week just in case you got up to run to your car or needed a potty break then I’d grab that rocker! We both had a good laugh so I believe you were looking down and smiling when I attempted to chair the meeting and fill your shoes after you passed (only a pale substitute I might add).
We will keep that chair warm for you until we meet again.

Michael Cuccia

April 10, 2019

Pat & Leslie,

Learning the news of Tommy's passing has shaken us all to our core. As I have had time to reflect the past several day's I find myself remembering all the wonderful memories I will cherish. Ours day's growing up together were very special. All during my childhood I often thought how special it was that our families were so intertwined with each others. Sharing with each others every special occasion, achievement and disappointment felt right. I have fond memories of spending my summers in Crofton with Tommy with little rules other than to stay in the neighborhood. To me, Crofton was like traveling to another state. We would play for hours on end, stopping along the way to pick up our buddies and visit with their parents. Tommy, Greg and I became true friends and brothers those summers. But Summer wouldn't be complete with out our annual pilgrimage to the Ocean. Our collective families grew in numbers and a village of friends formed those 2 weeks in August. We had so much fun!

Tommy and I had grown apart the last several years. As our lives became filled with work, marriage, families and other commitments, we saw less and less of each other. I would get an occasional text from him raving about his favorite topics, Maryland Terrapins sports and the Redskins. Receiving those texts would always brighten my day and gave me time to pause and reflect on all the good times we shared together. I would remember things that would make me smile and quit often laugh aloud.

I cannot imagine the pain you and Leslie feel losing your Son and Brother. We lost all lost and wonderful person, brother and friend.

Godspeed Tommy.......I will always cherish our time together.

With Love and Support,
Mike

Jeff Goodwin

April 10, 2019

Tom was an extraordinary human being in so many ways; none as important to me as the inspiration he was to so many people on the road to self-Improvement. My deepest sympathy to you all, and rest well, Tom.

Mona Wadsworth

April 9, 2019

Tom was our representative at Inova Surgery Center Franconia-Springfield in Alexandria, VA. Words fall short in describing his constant and diligent efforts in making sure his products were working at their optimal capacity and that we had everything we needed. Our hearts are deeply saddened by his loss and we sincerely wish you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Dolores Moran

April 8, 2019

Dear Mrs. Pat Florestano and family,

I was deeply saddened to read of your son's death. While I did not know your son personally, I worked at
P.G. Community College, in Prince George's County, for his father Dr.Thomas Florestano. I am so sorry for
your loss of your husband a few years ago and now your son. I am so sorry for your loss but may it comfort
you to know that your husband was there waiting to greet his son he loved so much, when he arrived at Heaven's
gate. I can only imagine Dr. Florestano's joy and your son's happiness in being with each other again for
all eternity. My prayers are with you and your daughter during this sad time. Like his father, I am sure your son
will be cherished in your heart forever.
With my deepest sympathy, Dolores Moran, Gambrills, MD 21054

Stephen Bauer

April 5, 2019

Tom's inspiration to me was nonpareil. His dedication to his Brothers was extraordinary. He was always there for questions or guidance, and never too busy to talk to anyone. Tom was witty and always had a extremely friendly demeanor; one felt immediately at ease and welcome with him.
Thomas was a one of a kind, who I miss and think of every day.
My prayers are with the family.
Steve B

Tom Templeton

April 5, 2019

I met Tom in the early 90's when I went to work for Smith & Nephew and we instantly became friends. I always looked forward to our company meetings and catching up with Tom. We stayed in touch of late through text, but I will always cherish my fond memories of this big guy and his larger than life personality. When a mutual friend , Jeff Massey called me last Sunday to inform me of his passing, , a part of me passed also.... The hardest part of any relationship is when it is time to say goodbye. I was not ready to say goodbye to my buddy , but I hope to see him again someday...

FROM THE FAMILY