Thomas J. Pace, Sr.

Thomas J. Pace, Sr., 101, of Sun City Center, Florida, formerly of Stamford and Darien, CT, passed away after a short illness with his two sons at his side on Friday, November 4th at Plaza West Health Center.

Mr. Pace was born on August 29, 1910 in Stamford, CT, the son of Salvatore Pace and Maria Carmela Vaccaro Pace, who immigrated to the United States from Avigliano-Potenza, Basilicata, Italy.

Mr. Pace dropped out of school at the age of 12 to work and help support his family. Mr. Pace married Margaret Hanus and they raised three children who survive him.

Mr. Pace worked at Yale and Town in Stamford for more than 40 years in Shipping and Receiving until the company moved.  He later worked and retired from the Perkin-Elmer Corporation in Wilton, CT after15 years.  He was Purchasing agent and Manager of The Machine Shop Tool Crib.

He raised his children in Darien, CT.  In 1948, he joined the Noroton Heights Volunteer Fire Dept. and remained active until he moved to Florida in the mid 1980’s.

He and his wife, Margaret also volunteered their time to Meals on Wheels.  Mr. Pace also worked as a handyman after his retirement for St. Thomas More Church in Darien.  He remained active in Florida and enjoyed playing cards several nights a week.  He proudly lived on his own until just a few months ago.

Mr. Pace was feted in 2010 for his 100th birthday at a party in Bethel, attended by nearly 100 family members and friends.  The Pace’s were known for their large family picnics and birthday celebrations.    He can contribute his long life to hard work, his deep love of family and his occasional drink of Wild Turkey 101, for which his family will fondly remember him.  He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his three children, Camille Pace of Newtown, CT, Salvatore Pace of Ivoryton, CT and Thomas J. Pace, Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Bethel, CT.
A sister, Catherine Pace Sapia of West Haven, CT and a brother Salvatore Pace of Sun City Center, Florida, 15 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren and One Great, great, grandchild as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is pre-deceased by his wife, of more than 50 years, Margaret, who died in 1984. Also, his many siblings, his brothers, Danny, Jerry, Paul and Anthony.  His sisters, Rose Pace, Margaret Pace Chiapetta, Donata (Nettie) Pace Di Carlo and Jennie Pace Ignazio.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Thomas More R.C. Church, 374 Middlesex Rd., Darien, CT on Monday, November 14th at 10:30 am followed by burial in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Thomas’ memory and honor may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Jowdy Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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