Thomas A. D’Antonio

Thomas A. D’Antonio, age 87, of Newark, DE passed away surrounded by his family at Christiana Hospital on October 12, 2019. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Thomas and Christine D’Antonio. Thomas enlisted and served in the United States Army as a paratrooper medic in the 82nd Airborne Division. After serving in the military, he went on to work as a heavy equipment operator and was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 542. Thomas was an avid golfer who enjoyed playing on the east coast, specifically in Hilton Head. Over the course of his lifetime he boasted 6 hole-in-ones. He was a member of the St. Gabriel’s Italian-American Club and Delcastle Golf Club. In addition to his parents, Thomas was predeceased by his son, Thomas P. D’Antonio; his grandson, Anthony; his granddaughter, Ashley;  his great granddaughter, Letizia; and fourteen brothers and sisters.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 50 years, Esther D’Antonio; his son and daughter-in-law, Timothy “Tim” and Pamela “Pam” D’Antonio of Warwick, MD; his daughters, Annette D’Antonio of Newark, DE and Phyllis D’Antonio; five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Ann D’Antonio of Havertown, PA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday October 22, 2019 from 6 P.M. – 8 P.M. with funeral services beginning at 8 P.M. at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive #101 Newark, DE 19713. Online condolences may be made at


Submitted by Mary Leneweaver on
Tom will be greatly missed at Delcastle Golf Course. We are sending our thoughts to the D'Antonio's during this difficult time. Tom provided us with endless company, laughs, and entertainment at the course. Tom will be missed by many people here.

Submitted by Shaun Rogers on
We will miss you dearly Uncle Tommy, and are very sad to hear of your passing away! May you live on forevermore in Heaven and in our Hearts! We Love you Aunt Esther and are praying for you and all of the family. We are here if you need anything at all! I will never forget the great times we had as kids sitting in the basement of your house on family gatherings enjoying great food and laughs and Uncle Tommy sitting in his chair and enjoying Golf on tv and talking about his love of the game! Love always Shaun, Tomika, Da’Shaun and Ke’Shaun

Submitted by Heather Dantonio on
Pop-pop...words dont begin to describe the sadness I have that you are gone. I know that you can hear me at night, when I talk to are beyond missed and loved! You are the best grandfather anyone one could have, always in my heart and memories...I love you too!

Submitted by bill shahan on
Sorry i missed the services,Tom was the first operator i ever oiled for, we became life long friends. Tom taught us at the apprentice school also. He was the best operator i ever worked with in my 37 years .Wish we had kept in contact, thru the years. Very sorry for your lose. Bill Shahan.