Thomas Michael Mastrangelo, past-away this 15th day of March, 2021. He was 68 years old. Thomas was born in Philadelphia, PA, on May 6, 1952. He was youngest child born to S. V. R Mastrangelo, of Queens, NY, and Aldona Mastrangelo, of Shenandoah Pennsylvania. Thomas grew up in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware areas, attending school in those areas. Thomas’ associated with relatives and friends who also lived the area. He also was closely involved with his relatives leaving in Queens, New York, Staten Island, New York, the Bronx, New York, and Brooklyn, New York.
Thomas Mastrangelo, graduated from Wilmington College, in 1976, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts. He held a broad class AM radio operator‘s license. Although he never was employed as an A M radio operator, he was qualified to operate an A M Station.
Thomas had only one other sibling, an older brother, Dominick Mastrangelo. Dominick also grew up with Tommy in the same area Thomas grew up in. While Tommy was still attending high School, Dominick attended collage Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona., studying Chemical Engineering. Just after moving to Tempe, Arizona, were Dominick attended Arizona State University, Dominick, decided to use his middle name, John, in an effort to anglicizes his name. John returned home from undergraduate school in 1976, and Thomas decided to accompany his brother back to the Western United States, and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Tommy, who had been employed in Delaware with Allstate Security, landed a security job in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Smith Security. John continued his education in Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah, located in Salt lake City, Utah. John left Salt Lake City, Utah, after attending the University of Utah, to search for employment. At that time, John and his family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, believing John could find work there.
At the time, the oil industry had collapsed, and Thomas’ brother, John, knowing he now had a responsibility to support his family, knew he would have to find employment outside the oil industry. So Tommy’s brother John, while still living in Corpus Christi, Texas, saw some advertisement, offering to pay the tuition for real estate school and a guaranteed job, upon graduation upon passing the Real Estate Exam in Texas. Tommy’s brother did in fact graduate and pass the real estate exam and began to work for Century 21 Real Estate in Corpus Christi, Texas. Tommy’s brother John was not satisfied selling real estate. John became interested in law and decided to go to law school. So John applied to a number of law schools. John was accepted into a law school in Los Angeles, California, Southwestern School of law. What attracted John, to attend this particular law school is that it had an accelerated law degree program called S.C.A.L.E. which was a two-year rather than the normal 4 year program. After two years in the program, Thomas’ older brother John, graduated receiving a Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) in law. Upon receiving his degree, Thomas’ older brother returned to Texas to practice law. Thomas, John, John’s wife, Debbie and their now four children, returned to Texas, and John decided to practice law in Houston, Texas. Thomas had an unexplainable ability of being able to recall any music artist name, their lives and the artist’s works. Tommy’s memory for a music artist’s name and the music they wrote, was impeccable. Thomas would entertain people with his wit that he was able to produce out of his use of this knowledge of music, especially contemporary music, such as rock and roll, folk music, and acid rock.
Thomas, had a host of friends, who he considered as his extended family members. His friends loved Thomas’ unique comical abilities in that they were so different than conventional comedy. Thomas was also so very loved by his nephews and his niece, living with his brother John, Debbie, John’s wife, and their four children for over 18 years. Thomas began to taking care of his brother’s children from the time, he began living with his older brother, John and with John’s wife, Debra, and their children, Benjamin, Rachael, Patrick and Joseph. He then moved with his older brother, John, who was his only other relative, other then his father, and his mother, who lived in Hockessin, Delaware, not far from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thomas gave freely of himself to his older brother’s children. He prepared meals for them, made sure they were dressed for school, and transported each of them to the private schools they attended. It was a little easier for Tommy when the children attended grade school at St. Edwards, in Spring, Texas. But when some of the children began to attend high school, it became more difficult, because the children’s schedules were different depending on the school each of them attended. But Tommy found away to get them each dressed and off to school on time.
Tommy cleaned his brother’s home, kept food in the refrigerator, and maintained the animals at the ranch. Tommy would feed and water the horses. Made sure the horses had plenty f hay and grain. He fed and watered the goats, dogs and cats. He would attend the animals when they were ll, and brought an animal to John’s attention when he believed an animal was ill. Tommy did this and more without ever complaining. He was a modern day saint in the very deepest meaning of the word, because of his devotion and continued hard work in providing the best conditions for all those he handled.
After living with John and Debbie, and their four children for more than 18 years, John’s home burned to the ground. John’s Toyota Sequoia had caught fire near the home garage, and caught the home on fire. About the same time, Tommy had quadruple by-pass heart surgery, and suffered a stroke, and became disabled. John got his brother a disability attorney, who was able to place Thomas on Medicaid.
John retired from his legal practice in 2013. John decided he wanted to move to the Los Angeles, California area where he graduated from law school. John wanted Thomas to come along, but just before John left to retire in Southern California, Thomas was hospitalized again, apparently suffering from another stroke. A friend of John’s wife, Debbie, Debbie Connor and Willie had offered to take care of Tommy at that time. In 2013 Tommy moved into a travel trailer located in an RV Park, located in Magnolia, Texas, that was owed by his brother, John. However, in 2014, John sold the RV Park, and obtained an agreement from the new owners that for at least 6 months, Tommy could live in the RV park rent free. In the 7th month Tommy began to pay regular rent to the new owner. In 2018, Tommy had his trailer move to an RV Park on Buterra Rd., in Magnolia, Texas. During this period, a separate assisted living company had provided Tommy with assistance from a nurse and other personnel that took care of Tommy’s everyday needs in his travel trailer.
In 2019, Tommy moved into Park Manor of Tomball, an assisted living home located in Tomball, Texas. Thomas was then transferred to Park Manor assisted living in Humble, Texas in February, 2020. Finally in March 2021, Thomas suffered another stroke, and passed away at Northeast Medical Center Humble, Texas, where he passed away on March 15, 2021.
Thomas is survived by his brother, John, John’s wife, Debra, and their four children, Benjamin Mastrangelo, and his three children, who live in Las Vegas, NV, and his other three children who live in Neptune, Florida, Rachael Senko, who lives in the San Francisco area of California, her son, Elisha, who lives in Austin, Texas, Patrick Mastrangelo, and his son Castin who lived in Montgomery Texas, and Patrick’s oldest son, Alexander, who lives in Magnolia, Texas, and Joseph Mastrangelo, his wife Victoria, and their three daughters, who live in Houston, Texas.
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