Tribute: Advice from a Man Nearly a Century Old

On April 19th, my grandfather Thomas Raco passed peacefully, surrounded by family.

He was featured on this show in recent episodes, in a segment known as “Advice from a Man Nearly 100 Years Old”.

Below is his obituary. Adhering to family wishes regarding privacy, I will not comment openly about my grandfather except to say I admired him and learned much from him. He was one of the only living WWII disabled veterans, and he was living largely independently until the very last days in his own home.

Grandpa was open to new things and an inquisitive and curious person, and agreed to be recorded during the 2013 Thanksgiving week, so I could include him in my show—-a way to bring him into something in my world, and show respect to his knowledge and experience.

He will be deeply missed, and his loss is felt strongly by the family. However, our gain from his presence during the entirety of our lives will always live on.

I hope you and Grandma are making some pizza right now.


Raco, Thomas J.

Greece, NY: Passed peacefully surrounded by his family on April 19, 2014 at the age of 99. Predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Dorothy; sister & brother, Frances Ciroula & Joseph Raco; son-in-law, Arthur Osterhout; grandson, Arthur Jr. Survived by his children, Juanita Osterhout, Thomas G (Rita Straubhaar) Raco, Linda (Douglas) Piedemonte; grandchildren, Gregory (Sharon) Osterhout, Marc Raco (Heather Edwards), Gerianne (David) Puskas, David Dominice, Jeremy (Lori) Raco, Deanna Dominice; 7 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews. Tom was a WWIINavy veteran who served in the South Pacific. He liked fishing, golfing, wine making, and the NY Yankees. His family was his life and his curiosity and inquiring mind inspired us all. He will be dearly missed by his family. For more about Tom, visit





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