Thomas Passanisi

Thomas V. Passanisi

1949 - 2020

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Passanisi, Thomas V.

Of Buffalo, entered into rest on February 11, 2020.  Devoted father of Carisa Houck, Vinny (Amanda) Passanisi, Bree (Tony) Passanisi and the late Jaime Passanisi; cherished grandfather of Thomas, Ethan, Nicholas, Penelope, Matteo, Leif and Leia; loving son of the late Vincenzo and Mattea Passanisi; dear brother of Domenic (Cindy) Passanisi and Connie (Bob) Cefalu; also survived by loving nieces and nephews.  Special thanks to Carol (Mary Lynn) Passanisi and Maya Bernstein for their loving support and care. 

Tom was born in Bruccoli, Sicily and became a successful entrepreneur/businessman in North Bufffalo launching several businesses with his family, the most well-known being Passanisi’s Market on Hertel Ave. He was a major contributor in getting the Italian Festival moved to Hertel Ave. in North Buffalo, where it continued for many decades.  He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity to others.

Relatives and friends may visit the JOSEPH SPANO & SONS FUNERAL HOME, INC. (same location as Lombardo Funeral Home), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Saturday (February 15, 2020) from 3-8pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at The Newman Center at UB, 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst on Sunday (February 16, 2020) at 1pm.  Please assemble at church. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom's memory may be made to The ECC Foundation, Attn: Jaime Passanisi Memorial, 121 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203.