Joseph Zarro, born Gaetano Carmine Zarro, on July 8, 1927 in Newark,
New Jersey passed away peacefully on December 9, 2003. He is survived
by his wife of 49 years, Josephine, his three children, Michael,
Maria, Diana, their spouses, Tina, Fernando, and Steven, and seven
grandchildren, Stephanie, Joseph, Matthew, Natalie, Jacqueline,
Mitchell, and Adam.
up in the Italian First Ward of Newark, New Jersey, a son of an
immigrant and brother to six siblings. He served in the Army during
World War II. At age 27, Tom married his childhood sweetheart,
Josephine DePasquale on September 19, 1954. After the birth of their
son, Michael, he drove out to California where he first took up
residence in Torrance, and then in 1972, Lomita where he raised
his children and made a haven for his grandchildren.
years, Tom was known as “Tommy” to his peers at McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing
Aircraft where he heat-treated plane parts and cooked Italian meals
for hundreds in the big parts ovens. Tom was known for his selflessness,
patience, kindness, and good humor. He never had a negative thing
to say and would literally give a stranger the shirt off his back
or the shoes off his feet. Anyone and everyone was always welcomed
and accepted in Tom’s home and his heart. Animals and children
gravitated toward Tom instinctively knowing that they would be cared
for, fed, and loved. Tom had a unique way of comforting babies and
toddlers when nobody else could. His face illuminated each time
he held a baby in his arms.
known around the neighborhood for his daily walks and intriguing
conversations and spent hours listening to those needing a sounding
board or advice. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend,
Tom will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
His friendship was a blessing to all. The world is one less a teacher,
mentor, coach, and role model and a true man.