Thomas J. DeMarinis passed away peacefully at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, December 18, 2009, after a two year battle with lung cancer.
Born April 4, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY, to John and Dorothy DeMarinis. A Chemical Engineer, Tom was a 1964 graduate of NY Polytechnic Institute who was employed in the industrial chemical field for 34 years.
After his retirement in 1998 he took up tennis and golf. A perfectionist by nature, he would take lessons and practice faithfully, become frustrated, swear he was going to quit then have a "break through" to keep him at it. Tennis was his passion whether playing or watching the tournaments. He also took up biking and hiking. Tom completed a ten week survival course with the Sierra Club and later would join them hiking and summit local peaks in Southern California.
When it came to professional sports, he was the quintessential baseball fan quoting stats and players. Tom learned to tolerate great pain as a devoted NY Met fan. We can be sure he is interceding with the Lord to help them build their bullpen and get some pitching. His mantra was, the game is all about pitching.
Tom is survived by his wife, Carol, his brother Theodore and his wife, Maureen, nephews Andrew and John DeMarinis, nieces Dorothy Riggio and Danielle Gallagher along with great nieces and great nephews Angelina and Teddy DeMarinis and Xavier and Mary Riggio.
A memorial service in Thomas' honor will be held early Spring 2010 at Good Shepherd Church in Brooklyn, NY.
Contributions in Tom's memory may be made to National Lung Cancer Partnership [ nationallungcancerpartnership.org
] and SPCA of Los Angeles [ spcala.com