Thomas age 84 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He is proceeded in Death by his parents Isabel (Maselli) and Patrick Gitto. He is survived by his wife Loretta (Baldyga) of 27 years. His daughter Toni Lynn Gitto, his Son's Thomas P. Gitto, Christoper B. Tolbert (Jennifer), Michael S. Tolbert (Mara), and extended family Matt Wildes. Many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Tom, often called Joey by his family, was born in Hoboken, NJ. He grew up in the neighborhood with a lot of wonderful cousins, aunts and uncles. His grandparents were influential in his life, and he apprenticed as a meat cutter under his grandfather when he was 15. He owned a supermarket in PA and then sold and moved on to be manager of a large meat department in Shop Rite Supermarket, Delran, NJ where he retired after managing and teaching many meat cutters for years. Tom and his wife were members of the American Maltese Association for almost 20 years. They loved and raised their Maltese to AKC champions under the name of Tiffanee Maltese. Tom had many hobbies. He grew up riding motorcycles at the age of 16 and traveled across country many times on one. He later became involved with HOG Harley Davidson of Camden County, NJ and Burlington County, NJ and the Centurions. He was also known to be an avid fisherman and boater. He shared these hobbies with his children and grandchildren who grew to love fishing with him and enjoy the sport today. He and his wife moved on to Lake Murray, SC for 17 years just so he could be able to enjoy a warmer climate and see his boat on the dock a few feet from his home. He was a member of the Midlands Striper Club in SC and loved the fishing tournaments and his fishing buddies. He loved his Lakemont Hooligan friends who were like family to him. His last wish was to move to Florida and enjoy traveling in a motorhome that he and his wife named Sentimental Journey. Their goal was to visit many of the places they had enjoyed traveling to in the past while adding new destinations. Unfortunately, this dream was short-lived as his illness took hold and made it impossible. Tom will be known for his heart of gold and his great sense of humor to everyone he met. Our family would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude for the care given by Chapters Hospice in our time of need.
A private service will be held later.