Thomas J Tuzzio

May 22, 1941March 18, 2021

Griswold – Thomas John Tuzzio, age 79, passed away March 18, 2021 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.

Thomas was born in Bridgeport on May 22, 1941, the son of the late Thomas Joseph Tuzzio and the late Elizabeth Nagy Tuzzio, and grew up in Bridgeport and Fairfield. After graduating from Andrew Warde High School, Thomas attended the University of Bridgeport and studied engineering before going to work at Perkin Elmer. He married Patricia Anne Kalapir on July 24, 1965. He had a long career as an optician, crafting glass pieces for the U.S. government and the space program. Thomas and Patricia lived in Redding for 36 years until moving to Griswold in 2004. His beloved wife passed away in 2009.

Thomas loved cars, golf, bowling, tracking hurricanes and enjoying life with friends and family, always giving nicknames and making people laugh. He was a deeply kind and compassionate friend, devoted husband and father, and enthusiastic and loving grandfather.

Thomas is survived by his loving family, daughter, Bethann Thompson and her husband, John of North Stonington; grandchildren, Malcolm, Thomas, Ethan and Stella Thompson; brother, Richard Tuzzio of Fairfield; brother-in-law, Andre Kalapir and his wife, Kathleen of Fairfield; and two nephews, Erik Kalapir of Fairfield and Alan Kalapir of Trumbull.

To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit his memorial at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

The Church and Allen Funeral Home, Norwich, is entrusted with private arrangements.


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Tony D'Alessandro

March 29, 2021

Bethann, Dianna and I are so sorry for your loss. Tom was unique character who always had a good time. I have many fond memories of family outings, playing golf and working with Tom for the better part of 30 years. Please pass my condolences along to Rich. You and your family are in our prayers.