Thomas Anthony Cetola, Sr., age 81, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury.
Born in Allentown, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph and Jenny Tassoni Cetola.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Henry Cetola, and children, Thomas A. Cetola, Jr. and his wife, Rebecca of Hockessin, Del., Michael A. Cetola, Sr. and his wife, Sherry of Pike Creek, Del., Mary Beth Watters and her husband, Bill of Ocean Pines, and Kathleen Cetola of Newark, Del.
He was an adored grandfather to Ronald J. Zappaterrini, Jr., Michael A. Cetola, Jr. and Stephen M. Turner.
Also surviving are his brothers, Robert Cetola and his wife, Georgianna of Williamsburg, Va., David Cetola and his wife, Mary of Honeybrook, Pa., and sister, Judy Pantaleo and her husband, Dan of Phoenixville, Pa. There are several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cetola was a 1951 graduate of Ridley Park High School, and Drexel University, Class of 1956, where he majored in Business Administration and Economics.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus (Grand Knight), board member of Atlantic General Hospital Foundation, president of Ocean Pines Board of Directors, and interim general manager of Ocean Pines. He served on the Worcester County Board of Commissioners for four years, was a member of the Optimist Club, the Romeo Men’s Breakfast Club and Ocean Pines Golf Club. He was also a member of the Worcester County Veteran’s Memorial Committee. He was a member and handicapper at Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester, Pa. Tom was a member, lecture and Eucharistic minister at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Ocean Pines. He was a realtor in Worcester County for many years. He was active in Delaware politics, Junior Achievement and other activities at his children’s schools.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church at Ocean Pines. Entombment will be at Cathedral Cemetery on Friday, May 29, 2015 in Wilmington, Del.
Donations may be made to: Atlantic General Hospital, 9733 Healthway Dr., Berlin Md. 21811 or to: the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Dept., 911 Ocean Parkway, Berlin, Md. 21811.
Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.