Obituary of Thomas D. DeJulio
ALBANY - Thomas Donald “Tom” DeJulio passed away on December 29, 2021. A pillar of the Southern Rensselaer County social, political and athletic community. Tom leaves behind a huge footprint of service and friendships that can never be filled; as well as an endearing love for his family and friends who were the most important things in his life.
Tom was born May 31, 1944 in Albany, NY, the son of the late August J. and Angeline (Panfili) DeJiulio. A 1962 graduate of St. John’s Academy in Rensselaer, Tom was a two sport Hilltopper playing basketball and baseball. Tom also attended Napa Valley Junior College in Taylor, California while serving in the United States Airforce from 1962-1966. Coming home to the Capital Region, Tom married the love of his life Marilyn Anne Charland in 1965, then settled down in Rensselaer to begin his career and raise a family.
Tom worked as a surveyor and engineer for Malcolm Pirnie Inc. and Robert Scarano Engineers from 1965-1979 before being appointed as East Greenbush Commissioner of Public Works, serving from 1979-1994. As Commissioner, Tom initiated many of the water, sewer and highway improvements as well as upgrading DPW equipment and services that residents enjoy to this day. Tom then served as Rensselaer County Highway Superintendent from 1994-2008, utilizing the same common-sense practices and progressive infrastructure thinking that he utilized in East Greenbush to benefit Rensselaer County residents.
Tom loved serving his community. A long time popular baseball and football coach, Tom coached the Gerald O’Neil and Melvin Roads American Legion baseball teams, as well as teams in the East Greenbush Little League and Sorensco Babe Ruth, and East Greenbush Pop Warner football; serving as a member of the Board of Directors for all three organizations. Tom was a member of the Rensselaer Lodge of Elks where he would hold court in retirement weekdays from 1-3:00 pm and the Rensselaer/East Greenbush Knights of Columbus. He served as Chairman of the East Greenbush Republican Committee and as a member of the Rensselaer County Republican Executive Committee.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, brother Joseph DeJiulio, and his daughter Colette DeJulio. Tom is survived by his wife Marilyn; son Gregory (Dawn) DeJulio; daughter Felicia (Vincent) Luca; and grandchildren Joseph and Francesca Luca, and Serena, Joshua, and Matthew DeJulio. Tom is also survived by brothers Felix (Lois) DeJulio, Frank (Terri) DeJiulio, and Rev. David DeJulio; cousins and honorary sisters Annamae (Robert) Seward and Linda (John) Powers; and his best friend and honorary older brother John (Roberta) Buono. Tom is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Tom’s family on Wednesday, January 5, 2021 from 9:00AM-11:00AM at St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph’s Church, 53 Herrick Street Rensselaer. The funeral mass will be celebrated immediately after calling hours at the church. Inurnment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to a variety of Rensselaer Lodge of Elks charitable programs listed on the Rensselaer Lodge of Elks #2073 Facebook page.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Thomas DeJulio, please visit Tribute Store