Vito ‘Gipo’ V. Tambasco

Mr. Vito “Gipo” V. Tambasco, 84, of Amsterdam, New York, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 5, 2018, with his loving family at his side.

With family origins in Piscotta, Italy, Vito was born August 19, 1933, in Amsterdam, New York, a son of the late Anacleto and Rosina Di Blasi Tambasco. He attended Wilbur H. Lynch High School and was a graduate of St. Mary’s Institute – Class of 1951.

Mr. Tambasco served in the Navy as a Third Mate aboard the USS J.R. Pierce from 1953 through 1955 and was awarded the Navy Occupation and National Defense Service Medals.

For 37 years, he was a Draftsman at the General Electric Company at Schenectady, New York in the Large Motor & Generator Department, retiring in 1988. In retirement he worked at the Amsterdam Price Chopper for 15 years.

Vito was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church where he was the Minister of Hospitality. He was also a member of the St. Agnello Club and served as treasurer and a member of the GE Quarter Century Club.

Mr. Tambasco loved working in the garden, solving puzzles and listening to Rush Limbaugh broadcasts. He was a longtime member of the Mc Donald’s Social Club.

On May 7, 1961, he was united in marriage to Mary Ripepi, a union lasting 57 years, who survives. He is also survived by his children, Christopher (Lori) Tambasco of Amsterdam, Paula Tambasco (Michelle, partner) of Clifton Park, Maria Tambasco (John Brady) of Amsterdam, Regina (Tambasco) Flint (Matthew) of Amsterdam and Renee (Tambasco) Sapia (Joe Santos) of Amsterdam; grandchildren, Abigail Tambasco, Brett Flint, Kacie Mc Gillin, Phillip Tambasco, Taylor Flint and Melissa Sapia; brother, Daniel (Geri) Tambasco of Andover, MA; sisters-in-law, Rose Tambasco and Philomena Tambasco; many nieces nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Ralph Tambasco, Elvera Tambasco, Anacleto Tambasco, Lawrence Tambasco, Frank Tambasco, Michael Tambasco and Concetta Tambasco.

Relatives and friends are invited to a prayer service on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church Street, Amsterdam followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church with the Rev. Jeffrey L’Arche, celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Johnson, New York with military honors. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 156 E. Main Street, Amsterdam, New York 12010.