Thomas J. DeForge, 74, of Burlington, beloved husband of Gloria (Vaillancourt) DeForge, died on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.
Tom was born in Montgomery, Ala., on November 22, 1943, and was a son of the late Maurice and Harriett (Fleming) DeForge. He came to Bristol as a boy and went to Bristol schools, graduating from Bristol Eastern High School in 1961. A Vietnam veteran, he served in the United States Navy. He ended up furthering his education with a degree in marketing from Tunxis Community College. He enjoyed a 37-year career with Pratt & Whitney before retiring in 2001. Tom enjoyed golf and was a longtime golfer with the pipe dreamers at Pine Valley Golf Club. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and boating. He was a member of the American Legion and a parishioner of St. Patrick Church in Collinsville
In addition to his wife of 52 years, Tom is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: James T. and Claudine DeForge of Burlington, and Daniel A. and Cristina DeForge of Durham, N.C.; a brother: Donald DeForge of Bristol; two sisters: Nancy Shomo of Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Dianne Gronlund of Lake Placid, N.Y.; his five adored grandchildren: Sterling Holt, Cristina DeForge, Wyatt Brown, Cullen and Everett DeForge; a great-granddaughter: Riley Holt; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant son, Joseph DeForge, and his stepmother: Mary DeForge.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at 9:45 a.m. from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Patrick Church, 7 Burlington Ave., Collinsville, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.. Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday between 5 and 8 p.m.. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, 14600 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513, or to the Amyloidosis Foundation, 72 East Concord St. K-503, Boston, MA 02118.
Please visit Tom’s memorial website at www.FUNK-FUNERALHOME.com .