OBITUARY

Thomas "Tom" Anthony Centola, Sr.

February 6, 1920January 30, 2019
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Thomas "Tom" A. Centola, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the age of 98. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 6, 1920.

Tom was the son of the late Celestino and Clorinda Centola originally from Formia, Italy who then immigrated to New York City in the early 1900's. He was one of nine children.

He was married to the late Katherine Steele Centola, Rome, Georgia on July 7, 1946 at the Church of St. Clement in Queens, New York. They met in 1944 during WWII when he was stationed as an Army Surgical Technician at Battey General Hospital in Rome, Georgia. She was a volunteer hostess for the United Service Organization. They later moved back to Rome, Georgia where they made their home for 61 years.

He graduated from John Adams High School in Queens, New York and also attended the University of Georgia and Shorter College.

Tom retired from the General Electric after 29 years with the company.

During his life in Rome he was actively involved in many organizations and community activities. He was a member of the Rome Elks Lodge 694 where he served as Exalted Ruler and Chaplain. He was also a Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4410 where he was a Fourth Degree Knight. He volunteered at the Knights of Columbus Labor Day BBQ which recently celebrated its 51st year at the Rome Civic Center. He was a long time member of the American Legion Shanklin-Attaway Post No.5 where he served as Chaplain. He always looked forward to reading the Benediction and laying of the wreath on Veterans Day at Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

In his spare time and to keep in shape he enjoyed walking. In 1973, he started walking for the March of Dimes and the American Diabetes Association. He was an enthusiastic volunteer and helped raise funds for diabetes research.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he played the mandolin with the folk group at Mass and also played in the Parish Bell Choir. Tom was a Grandad at St. Mary's School where he volunteered for many service projects.

He is survived by his son Thomas "Bubba" A. Centola, Jr. (Camille) Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; daughter Donna Centola Coursey (Steve) Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren Elizabeth Centola, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Vince Coursey (Michelle) St. Augustine, Florida, Katherine Coursey Katzburg (Kirk) Forest Hills, New York, David Coursey, Forest Hills, New York; great granddaughters Caelyn and Chloe Katzburg, Forest Hills, New York; brother Larry Centola (Mary) New Hyde Park, New York; sister Julie Clifford, San Jose California including nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law Juanita Mize and Norma Jane Hurley, Rome, Georgia including nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by brothers Gary Centola, Alex Centola, Frank Centola, Ray Centola; and one sister, Rose Centola.

A Rosary Service led by Deacon Stuart Neslin is planned for Tuesday, February 5th at 5 pm at Daniel's Funeral Home. Visitation with family will then take place until 7 pm. A Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr. Valery Akoh, Parochial Vicar, will take place on Wednesday, February 6th at 10:30 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Honorary pallbearers will be the Knights of Columbus with an Honor Guard by the Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights. Immediately following the Funeral Mass, a Graveside Service and Interment will take place at Eastview Cemetery where the American Legion will serve as Honor Guard. Family and Friends are then invited to a Reception on the Main Level of St. Mary's Catholic Church, in the foyer and conference room areas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Thomas A. Centola, Sr. to St. Mary's Catholic School and the American Diabetes Association.

The Centola family would like to thank Heyman Hospice and Caregivers for their attentive and loving care of our Daddy.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Daniels-FuneralHome.com for the Centola, Sr. family.

Arrangements by Daniel's Funeral Home, 901 East 2nd Avenue, Rome, Georgia 30161, 706-232-3646.

  • FAMILY

  • Katherine "Kay" Steele Centola, Wife
  • Thomas "Bubba" Anthony Centola, Jr., Son
  • Camille Centola, Daughter-in-law
  • Donna Coursey, Daughter
  • Steve Coursey, Son-in-law
  • Elizabeth Centola, Granddaughter
  • Vince Coursey, Grandson
  • Michelle Coursey, Granddaughter-in-law
  • Katherine Katzburg, Granddaughter
  • Kirk Katzburg, Grandson-in-law
  • David Coursey, Grandson
  • Caelyn Katzburg, Great Granddaughter
  • Chloe Katzburg, Great Granddaughter
  • PALLBEARERS

  • The Knights of Columbus, Honorary Pallbearers

Services

  • Rosary Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Receiving Friends Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, February 6, 2019
REMEMBERING

Thomas "Tom" Anthony Centola, Sr.

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ROBERT CENTOLA

February 5, 2019

The gates of Heaven will be open and awaiting the arrival for a truly wonderful man. Our uncle was an inspiration to all in his warm, caring nature and never ending words of kindness. Spontaneous in nature, he was able to wow a room in laughter, as he did on the 70th wedding anniversary of his brother Larry and his wife Mary.

Each time I would call Uncle Tom to greet him and see how he was doing, he always showed a genuine concern for my wife Janet and my children, Dana and Derek, expressing a concern and interest in their personal journeys in life. It was always reassuring to speak with him for there would be a pearl of wisdom offered each time. I personally, always felt a special bond with you Uncle Tom, when so many years ago you left the security of family in New York and relocated to Georgia, as I did when I left New York and relocated to Texas.

While this world has been blessed by a true gentleman, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.....heaven has now gained a bright spirit that will bring greater pleasure to their community.... and a pretty talented Ukulele player for the band.

To my Georgia relatives, you have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your father/grandfather.

Respectfully
Robert Centola

Hal Storey

February 4, 2019

What can I say about my dear friend Tom? He was simply amazing. I don't know when I first met Tom, but for the next years, he was loyal to the fight against diabetes and raised more money in the days of our fund raising walks than any single individual.

He was an inspiration and I am grateful that I got to know him later in his life. I am glad we were friends.

Rest in peace my dear friend having risen in the glory of your Lord and Savior. Well done thy good and faithful servant.

Kevin McGonigal, Past Commander, Shanklin - Attaway American Legion Post 5

February 4, 2019

Tom was a kind and gentle man. I will remember him fondly from our time at Shanklin-Attaway American Legion Post #5.
I would like to express my sincere condolences along with my wife, Kathleen to you, Tom's family. May he rest in peace.

Derek Centola

February 4, 2019

Dear Extended Centola Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies for the passing of Great Uncle Tom. Although I did not get to spend much time with him during my adult years, I knew of his love and support as a child and through discussion with my Grandparents (Ray and Millie Centola) and parents (Bob and Janet Centola).

My family and I are sending our thoughts and prayers with you during this time of celebration of Uncle Tom's life of which he seemed to live to the fullest.

Love,
Derek Centola

Julie Clifford

February 1, 2019

Just want to say I'm sorry I never got to visit you in Georgia, but we did have many telephone conversations over the years. One of my favorite memories was on Sunday afternoon while Mom was cooking dinner we would put on some music and I would get to dance with all my brothers. You taught me a dance called "the Shage" which is like a "Quick Step". I will always remember those Happy Days we all had. And now it's time for more Happy Days in Heaven with your brothers and especially the love of your life Kay.
Sending all my love....your little sister Julie.

LouAnn Ellsworth

January 31, 2019

Tom was such a sweet man. He will be missed at St Marys. But now he is with his beloved wife Kay and in the arms of Jesus.

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Biography

Thomas "Tom" A. Centola, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the age of 98. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 6, 1920.

Tom was the son of the late Celestino and Clorinda Centola originally from Formia, Italy who then immigrated to New York City in the early 1900's. He was one of nine children.

He was married to the late Katherine Steele Centola, Rome, Georgia on July 7, 1946 at the Church of St. Clement in Queens, New York. They met in 1944 during WWII when he was stationed as an Army Surgical Technician at Battey General Hospital in Rome, Georgia. She was a volunteer hostess for the United Service Organization. They later moved back to Rome, Georgia where they made their home for 61 years.

He graduated from John Adams High School in Queens, New York and also attended the University of Georgia and Shorter College.

Tom retired from the General Electric after 29 years with the company.

During his life in Rome he was actively involved in many organizations and community activities. He was a member of the Rome Elks Lodge 694 where he served as Exalted Ruler and Chaplain. He was also a Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4410 where he was a Fourth Degree Knight. He volunteered at the Knights of Columbus Labor Day BBQ which recently celebrated its 51st year at the Rome Civic Center. He was a long time member of the American Legion Shanklin-Attaway Post No.5 where he served as Chaplain. He always looked forward to reading the Benediction and laying of the wreath on Veterans Day at Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

In his spare time and to keep in shape he enjoyed walking. In 1973, he started walking for the March of Dimes and the American Diabetes Association. He was an enthusiastic volunteer and helped raise funds for diabetes research.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he played the mandolin with the folk group at Mass and also played in the Parish Bell Choir. Tom was a Grandad at St. Mary's School where he volunteered for many service projects.