Thomas Tremonte, Jr. of Londonderry, New Hampshire, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 22 at the New Hampshire Veteran’s Home, Tilton, New Hampshire. He was 71.
Thomas Tremonte, Jr,: Staples graduate. Contributed photo
He had been a resident there for eight years. He was born on Feb. 2, 1947, a son of Thomas Sr. and Felecia (Borriello) Tremonte, and grew up in Westport.
Following graduation from Staples High School, he attended Southern Connecticut University for a brief period before entering the U.S. Air Force in 1967. He served in Vietnam from 1968-69 and was decorated with several commendations and medals.
His lifelong career as a plumbing and heating contractor began with training he received while serving his country. Upon his active military discharge in 1971, he completed formal training and apprenticeship as a master plumber. He ran his own successful plumbing and heating company for over 25 years.
He was an avid sportsman. He passionately pursued all types of hunting and fishing activities; his favorites being bird hunting with the dogs he trained from puppies, and deer hunting trips to Pennsylvania with his hunting buddies.
For several years, he and Peggy raised, trained, and showed quarter horses in Ohio. Tom was also an instrument rated private pilot. He flew his own Cessna 182, which he was very proud of, for many years.
In the 1980s, he was one of the founders of MAOPA, the private pilot’s association at Manchester Airport. He had been a staunch voice for the rights of private pilots as the airport’s commercial expansion developed.
He enjoyed playing football throughout high school, in the Air Force, and during his time in college, but his greatest success was his long tenure coaching flag and Pop Warner youth football in Londonderry during the 15 years his two sons were playing.
He continued strong support of Lancer Football as they advanced their play through high school. Throughout those years many boys (and a few girls!) benefited from his ability to instill dedication toward teamwork and work ethics.
Tom / “Tommy” will be remembered for his devotion and commitment to his family and many friends. He was always striving for the best possible results whether in work or play.
Everyone knew when Tom was involved, his enthusiasm and intensity would create a successful outcome.
He was a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Peggy (Kish) Tremonte; two sons, Thomas P. (wife, Jessica) of Londonderry, and Michael J. of San Diego, California, a daughter, Julie A. Tremonte of Tacoma, Washington; his mother and a sister, Loretta Tremonte of Westport; and two granddaughters.
Following cremation there will be no services. A private burial with military honors and graveside services will be held at a later date. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the MA/NH Alzheimer’s Association, or the NH Veterans Home.