When we love someone, there’s never enough time.
COLUMBIA- On June 18th, 2020, Thomas A. Ippolito passed away peacefully at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME. Tom fought a valiant fight but after a month in the hospital his body was not up for more. After years of playing and working hard he decided it was time to go home.
Tom was born and attended schools in New York. He spent 20 years in the Navy, in the Silent Service. He loved sharing stories about his time in the military and those he was proud to serve with. Wherever he was stationed, he was able to find someone to share his love of basketball. His hard, unpredictable passes caught many a teammate unaware. Tom’s love of athletics was known far and wide and transitioned from playing to coaching. He touched many lives and will be severely missed.
Some of his happiest times were fishing with family and friends. Whenever possible, he could be found on a lake or river with people he loved, enjoying the company, the scenery, a libation, and the challenge of plying his fishing skills.
Tom is predeceased by his son, Joe. He is survived by Ellen, his partner and beloved wife of 56 years, his daughters Sara and Annie, his buddy and son-in-law, Mike, and six grandchildren who were the joy of his life. He also leaves behind extended family and dear friends he considered family. Those who knew Tom well knew family meant everything to him and together we will stand the taught watch. The mantle of the capo di tutti capi has been passed on. Alla famiglia.
A graveside service will be held at Cedar Brook Burial Ground in Limington, Maine, on June 23, 2020, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks you to raise a glass and remember Tom and how much he touched your life. If you wish, donations can be made to either the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) at dav.org or to the Salvation Army at www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/.
Online condolence messages can be submitted at the Chad E. Poitras / Neal & York Funeral Homes website, www.mainefuneral.com