Patrick Thomas DeLuca
Patrick Thomas DeLuca, “Tom,” 94, of Amsterdam, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam.
Born in Amsterdam, NY on March 17, 1924, son of the late Thomas and Assunta Giannecchini DeLuca.
He attended Amsterdam schools and was a graduate of the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School Class of 1942 and served as chairmen of the reunion committee for many years.
Mr. DeLuca was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service working at the Amsterdam office for over 35 years, retiring in 1983. He also had a printing business in his home.
He served in the U.S. Army from March 9, 1943, until January 6, 1946. He was a Mortar Gunner and Rifleman with the 179th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Division in North Africa, Italy, Anzio, Southern France and Germany. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star with Cluster for Gallant Combat Action in Italy and France, Combat Infantryman Badge, European Medal with Five Silver Stars (five campaigns). He was chosen City of Amsterdam Veteran of the Year in 2001.
Tom was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled War Veterans. He was a member of the American Legion Post 701 in Amsterdam, Frank J. Sirchia AMVET Post 32 and the Polish American Veterans. He also was a member of many senior citizen groups. Tom was an Acolyte for a time at the former St. Michael the Archangel Church and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church where he gave much of his time volunteering.
He was married to Frances J. Montuori on November 14, 1948. She died on November 9, 1999.
Survivors include his son, Thomas P. (Marie) DeLuca of Amsterdam; his brother, John (Mary Beth) DeLuca of Amsterdam. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Louis DeLuca; and sisters, Yolanda Rogers, Grace Passa and Johanna DeLuca.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam, NY with the Rev. O. Robert DeMartinis presiding. The family will receive relatives and friends prior to the funeral service on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will be in the family mausoleum in St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Amsterdam. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Kateri National Shrine and Historic Site, 3636 State Hwy. 5, Fonda, NY 12068 or to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110. Military Honors will take place at the funeral home following the service on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Please leave condolences online at www.brbsfuneral.com.