Methuen — Gaetano “Tommy” Brancato, 76, of Methuen, passed away Saturday, June 22, at the Academy Manor Nursing Home in Andover. He was born in Italy, and was the son of the late Mauro and Rosa (Brancato) Brancato.
Tommy was raised and educated in Italy, and came to Lawrence in 1962. He worked for 43 years at Kap’s Men’s Store and was known as one of the finest tailors in the area, with his trademark cigar always with him. He was a member of St. Lucy’s Church in Methuen and a former member of the Sons of Italy.
Tommy enjoyed family time, flea markets and casino trips, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Salvatrice “Rene” Bruno and Rosina Rizza.
Tommy is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Concetta (Cugno) Brancato; his sons, Maurice Brancato and his wife, Susan of Salem, N.H., and Santo Brancato and his wife, Dawn of Salem; and his grandchildren, Olivia and Santino Brancato. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, June 27, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 28, at St. Lucy’s Church, 254 Merrimack St., Methuen. Entombment will be in St. Mary’s–Immaculate Conception Mausoleum, Lawrence. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. For directions and online condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.