Thomas J. Visconti, 82, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Thomas J. Visconti, 82, of 27641 State Route 37, Watertown, passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Samaritan Medical Center.

Born Oct. 5, 1938, in NYC, a son of Francis and Anne Visconti, he graduated from high school in Brooklyn, NY, from trade school. He had three brothers and one sister.

He married Margaret M. Melchionna on July 1, 1967, at St. Gregory’s Church in Queens. The couple resided in Yonkers where he began a lifelong career as an electrician. He began working in NYC for the public school system then moving to Alaska for three years and then Florida for three years.

In March 1976, the couple settled in Watertown where he worked at New York Air Brake for 25 years, retiring in 2000.

Tom had two passions drag racing and guns. He was a member of the Sackets Harbor Sportsman’s Club where he spent many days target shooting, volunteering, and attending events at the club. For many years, he enjoyed drag racing his Chevy Nova. This was a passion that began in the streets of NYC with his corvette and carried to the race track in Cicero, NY, with his Chevy Nova.

Among his survivors are a daughter and son in law, Laura M. and Joshua D. Pierie, Manlius, NY; three grandchildren, Thomas and Ammity Connell, Philadelphia, NY, Ronan and Isabella Pierie, Manlius; two great-grandchildren, Madeline and June; and his sister, Beatrice “Betty” Chiovari, of NJ, many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, his beloved wife, Margaret passed away June 4, 2018, and a brother, John Visconti predeceased him.

Arrangements are with the Hart & Bruce Funeral Home.

There will be no calling hours or funeral service. It was his wish to be cremated and have his ashes, with his wife’s, spread in Alaska. It was always their desire to return to Alaska one day to rest in the wilderness of the place they loved.

Donations may be made to the Sackets Harbor Sportsman’s Club, 17500 Salt Point Road, Watertown, NY 13601.

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