March 1, 1930 – November 25, 2021
Thomas Biaso, Sr. (“Pop”), 91, entered heaven on November 25, 2021 into the arms of his grandson, Joseph Thomas Biaso III (“Joey”); his son, Thomas Biaso, Jr.; his nephews, Dominic Orlando and Daniel (“Danny”) Casolaro; his brother, Frank; his sisters, Isabel Petrillo, Rose Vaccarino, Dora Colossi, Francis Casolaro; and his parents, Josephine and Joseph Biaso. Pop was a kind-hearted, loving soul and his family was his entire world. He was a true capofamiglia (patriarch) of generations. Pop was born in Brooklyn and resided in North Carolina with his son (and best friend) Joseph and family.
In his career days, he was a corporal in the United States Army from 1948 to 1951, receiving a bronze star for his service in the Korean War. He was a member of the Veterans Association and the American Legion. He was a machinist who worked for the Daily News in Manhattan and New York City airports. He also owned a machine shop with his son, an auto parts store and eventually an Italian deli, where he was known for his famous Italian sandwiches. But, his real passion was his big Italian family.
Pop was an avid sports fan and loved watching college games, especially traveling to watch his great grandson Zach pitch. He dedicated his life to family and enjoyed things like trading crime novels with his granddaughter Michele, sharing recipes with his granddaughter Jodi, making homemade cannolis with great grandchildren, and enjoying Sunday family dinners with his famous meatballs, sausage and peppers, and delicious homemade breads.
He was dearly loved and survived by his sister, Lillian Orlando; son, Joseph and wife Patti; daughters, Debbie and her husband, Chris and Jeanne and her husband, Mark; his grandchildren, Michele, Jodi, David, Sarah, Thomas (TJ), Jason, Danielle, Nicole, Christopher, Jonathan, Meagan, Roxanne, and Nicholas. He had many beloved great grandchildren including Zachary, Sophia, Quinndellyn, Maximilian, Amy, Julia, Scarlett, Annaliisi and Emma. He also had numerous nieces and nephews, who he loved very much.
If you asked anyone who Thomas Biaso, Sr. was, they would say he was a legend.