Obituary for Thomas Frank Cotroneo, Esq.
Thomas F. Cotroneo, 71, of Lincoln and formerly North Providence, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 4, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
He was the son of the late Salvatore Cotroneo and Agnes (D’Ambra) Cotroneo. He was a graduate of Classical High School, Class of 1969, and was later inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated from Antioch College in Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Class of 1979. Following that he enjoyed a long and successful career as a civil attorney, working in a private practice with his father in Johnston for many years.
Tommy was a life-long sports fan and athlete. He loved watching baseball, especially his team, the New York Yankees. He was an avid swimmer and golfer who also taught golf lessons at Button Hole Memorial Golf Course. He enjoyed watching football, hockey, NASCAR, and many other sports. Another of Tom’s passions was music; he had a vast collection of recordings and listened to a wide variety of musicians each day.
He spent many summers at his beloved Salt Pond home in Wakefield, Rhode Island where he enjoyed quahogging and gardening. He loved good food, good meals with family, and good company!
Most of all, Tom was a wonderful family man who cherished time spent with his children and grandchildren. He was affectionately known as 'Papa' by friends and family, though many of his dearest friends called him TC. His abundant warmth and wonderful sense of humor endeared him to all. 'Larger than life', he made a lasting impression on everyone he met!
A devout Christian, he loved God’s word and studied scripture all of his life. He dedicated his life to Christ and was a true, living example of the love of Christ.
Mourning his passing are his beloved wife, Deborah (Vecchio) Cotroneo; loving daughters, Jennifer Cotroneo, and Teressa Zampini and her husband, Jonathan; beloved grandchildren, Matthew Gliottone, Angelina, Salvatore, and Franco Zampini; dear brother, Stephen Cotroneo and his wife, Nancy; and his aunt, Elaine Santiano.
He also leaves his brothers-in-law, Richard Vecchio, Peter Vecchio and his wife Cheryl, Anthony Vecchio, Angelo Vecchio, John Vecchio and his wife, Joanna, his dear sister-in-law, Lisa Vecchio, and his beloved God son, Christopher Spertini. In addition, Tommy leaves many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. He was predeceased by his brother Frank Cotroneo, his sister-in-law Marie Vecchio, brothers-in-law Palmino 'Palmy' Vecchio, Raymond Vecchio, and Arthur Vecchio.
Tommy believed that death was the final victory of the believer in Christ. Those who knew him will miss him and mourn him deeply but are comforted knowing that he is with the Lord and have faith that we will see him again.
Relatives & Friends are cordially invited to pay respects at visitation with Tom's family on Thursday, December 8th, from 4:00p.m. until 7:00p.m. at the Berarducci Home & Cremation Care Center, 26 Grove Street (cor. Knight St.) in Providence's historic Federal Hill.
In lieu of flowers donations in Tommy's name may be made to Button Hole Driving Range, 1 Buttonhole Dr., Johnston RI