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July 31, 2013

Thomas M. Pappalardo, 71


Methuen, MA — Thomas M. Pappalardo, 71, passed away July 25, 2013, after a hard fought battle with Amyloidosis. He lived on Lowell Street, Methuen, and graduated in Methuen, Class of 1960. He was predeceased by his parents, Anthony, Carmela (DeFusco) Pappalardo. He leaves his wife, Georgette (Tremblay); and three sons, Thomas Jr. and partner, Jennifer Elliott, Michael and wife, Tanya (Stapper), Robert and partner, Lorie Kelley; and a special daughter, Lisa Pappalardo and partner, Russell Hamilton. His nine grandchildren, Brad Bitler, Nicole, Austin Pappalardo, Casey, Alli, Tori Pappalardo, Anthony, Elizabeth Pappalardo. Amanda (Pappalardo), Robert Niebudek, were very special, and spent much time with their grandfather in his final days. And great-grandchild, Gabriel. Brother Vincent and his wife, Susie, of Jacksonville, Fla., and sister, Eleanor and her husband, Jim Blackford of Hampstead, N.H. He also had a wonderful relationship with brothers-in-law, Maurice Tremblay and Richard Antkowiak. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews; his aunt, Vinera (Pappalardo) and Arthur Robichaud, and aunt, Ella Champy; and many cousins.

Tom, also, had an incredible bond with his dog, Tillie. We called her his therapy dog, who was always at his side, and gave great comfort in his last days. Thomas was an accomplished drummer, playing in many bands and local venues, in addition to his father's band in the 1960s and 70s. Thomas was a master electrician, who owned and operated Pappy's Electric for almost 50 years, mentoring many local boys in the trade. He was well respected among the trades. He had a special bond with all his family, and employed most of them at one time or another. Thomas and his family were all avid skiers, spending many winters skiing around New England in the early days. He also enjoyed taking ski trips out West and Europe with family and friends. He was our “Ski King.”

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visiting hours on Friday evening, August 2, in the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, from 5 to 8 p.m. All other services will be private. In lieu of flowers, his wish was to give to ones charitable choice. For directions, or to leave a condolence, please see www.cataudellafh.com.