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Thomas Anthony DeLuca

Born: Tue., Jan. 28, 1941
Died: Fri., Sep. 4, 2015


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 10, 2015
Location: Hennessy Funeral Home

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Fri., Sep. 11, 2015
Location: Blessed Trinity Church

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Fri., Sep. 11, 2015
Location: Blessed Trinity Church


Fri., Sep. 11, 2015
Location: Holy Cross Cemetery

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Thomas Anthony DeLuca, 74, of Columbus, Ohio passed away Friday, September 4th. 2015.  He was born in Akron, Ohio on January 28th, 1941 to the late Jack and Mary DeLuca.  He is preceded in death by his sister Carol Raines.  Tom was one of eight children raised in the North Hill neighborhood of Akron, Ohio and attended grade school at St. Martha’s.  His formative years were spent working in the family’s popular DeLuca’s Bismark Italian restaurant.  He excelled as a student athlete at Archbishop Hoban High School (Class of 1959) and served as Class President.

High school achievement resulted in a football scholarship at the University of Detroit with a subsequent stint in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany.  Marriage soon followed to Patricia Drace in 1964 and together they had four children.  His early professional career began at St. Mary’s of Redford in Detroit as a teacher, athletic coach and assistant principal. He then seized an opportunity in the healthcare industry as a pharmaceutical salesman.  The majority of his working career was spent as a senior executive at both Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Northeast Ohio, as well as, Physicians Health Plan in Columbus, Ohio.  Volunteering at Junior Achievement was a signature cause throughout his executive career.   He was an avid reader and history buff.  His grandchildren affectionately referred to him as “Poppy” and he spent his retirement years faithfully attending his grandchildren’s activities.  He took great pride in his heritage, knew no strangers and was up for any adventure. 

Tom is survived by his children, Allyson (Scott) Geringer, Laurie (Matt) Levy, Joe (Amy) DeLuca, Mike (Sara) DeLuca and eleven grandchildren; Lindsay, Maya, Katy (Jason), Drew, Maddie, Alex, Will, Nick, Jack, Sofia, Gabby; and his siblings Betty Jane McShane, Grace (Nick) Spada, Francis DeLuca, Kathleen (Rudy) Backer, Bill (Barb) DeLuca, Vicky Bravo; mother-in-law, Pauline Drace; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 10th from 5-8 p.m.  at Hennessy Funeral Home, 552 North Main Street, Akron, Ohio and again on Friday, September 11th from 9-10 a.m. at Blessed Trinity (formerly St. Martha’s), 300 E. Tallmadge Avenue, Akron, Ohio until the Mass of Christian Burial begins at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions in Tom’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer Association at http://act.alz.org/site/TR?pxfid=302951&fr_id=1060&pg=fund&s_tafId=185977 under the Thomas A. DeLuca Tribute Fund. 

The family would like to thank the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center for assisting them in fulfilling Tom’s wishes to be an organ donor.  They would also like to thank Tridea Hospice for providing compassionate care to Tom and his family.  Visit www.egan-ryan.com to offer condolences. 

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The Hennessy Family and the Staff of Hennessy Funeral Home
   Posted Tue September 08, 2015
Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

We offer our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time.

The Hennessy Family and the Staff of Hennessy Funeral Home

Amey McGlenn
   Posted Thu September 10, 2015


Laurie, Matt, Katy, Drew, and Maddie, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, Father-in-Law, and Poppy. I apologize for not being able to be there with you tonight in Akron. My family is thinking of all of you during this difficult time. If there is anything you need, please let me know. Camryn misses you Mrs. Levy and is sending you a big hug! With Love, Amey McGlenn

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