Thomas G. Prezioso
Thomas G. Prezioso, Owner “Furs by Prezioso”
CHESHIRE - Tom Prezioso, age 80, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Danbury Hospital, in Danbury Connecticut.
Tom was born on October 17, 1940 in Mount Vernon, New York to Mario and Doris Prezioso. Tom is survived by his five children, Christopher (and Karen) Prezioso of Southbury, CT, Debra Prezioso Kritikos of Peabody, MA, Michael (and Tricia) Begg of Trumbull, CT, Thomas (and Jenny) Begg of Glen Rock, NJ, and Bill (and Leah) Begg of Newtown, Connecticut. He leaves nine grandchildren, Erin Begg, Billy Begg, Molly Begg, Caity Begg, TJ Begg, Katherine Begg, Caroline Begg, Ella Kritikos, and Jaden Kritikos. He loved his brother Bill (and Charlotte) Prezioso of Jupiter, FL; nephew Bill (and Kate) Prezioso of Trumbull, CT; nieces Suzy (and Bobby) Bracken of Mahopac, NY, Marianne (and Joe) Schulz of Jupiter, FL, Diane (and Chris) Melillo of Milford, CT, and Debbie Delaney of Milford, CT. Tom was predeceased by his sister Midge Delaney and best friend and brother-in law, Tom (Goose) Delaney. He is also survived by his aunt Gloria Prezioso Volpe Taylor, of Hainesport, NJ, and cousins Andrea Fusco Milea, Ed Fusco, Jimmy Fusco, and Bobby Prezioso.
He spent the back nine of his life with his longtime companion, Jane Quinn. They resided in Cheshire, CT for the last fifteen years. He loved his family pets including Caddie, Mulligan, Hope, Love, Gus, Bailey, and Scout.
Tom worked his entire adult life as a furrier. He owned and operated “Furs by Prezioso” on Whitney Avenue in Hamden, CT. Tom previously worked as a furrier in the garment district of New York City for decades with his brother Bill Prezioso, before moving to Connecticut. He oversaw Kramer’s Furs in New Haven, CT, and in the roaring 70s, Tom was furrier to the stars, with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Joan Collins, and Angie Dickinson among his clients.
Tom served honorably in the United States Air National Guard from 1963 until 1969. He was an accomplished athlete and avid sports fan. Tom was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team as a catcher and drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals football team as a center. He loved playing golf at Woodbridge Country Club and Heritage Village Country Club.
He was an avid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan, and was lucky enough to be in attendance at the “greatest game ever played” between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts in 1958. He never missed a Giants game, and attended Superbowl III in 1969 in Miami to witness the New York Jets win their only Super Bowl Championship.
Tom was a gifted storyteller and had a knack for holding court wherever there was an audience of family and friends listening. He frequented Tiramisu in Waterbury, CT and Pasquale’s Rigoletto in the Bronx. Tom was best known for giving people the shirt off of his back. When “Furs by Prezioso” was at the Elton in Waterbury, he donated his clothes to those in need, creating a situation where every homeless person on the Waterbury Green was dressed in his expensive suits.
Tom’s legacy is that he would do anything to support his friends or family and he always had your back. He was most proud of his family, and would always give a fist pump when he heard of his family members and friends coming to the rescue of someone in need.
Tommy P is gone from this earth, but not forgotten by his family and friends.
Funeral Services were held in Calvary Cemetery. The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St., Waterbury is handling arrangements.
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