Thomas M. Gatto of Southampton passed away on Sunday, July 2nd , 2017. Born June
8th , 1927, in Brooklyn, New York. Thomas joined the U.S. Navy in 1944. He was
commissioned on the USS Admiral Hugh Rodman (AP-126). Thomas was very proud to
be a WWII Navy Veteran. Upon an honorable discharge in 1946, Thomas went to
college on the GI Bill and became a successful Architectural Draftsmen specializing in
designing kitchens and baths.
On June 17, 1950, Thomas married Dorothy, the love of his life. They bought a house in
Elmont, NY, where they raised their loving family of six children. In 1962 Thomas
designed, and had built, their summer home in Southampton where they spent their
summers. In 1992, Thomas retired; sold the Elmont house, and became a full time
resident of Southampton. Upon his retirement, Thomas wrote a book, Mia Montagna.
Thomas and Dorothy also owned and raced several thoroughbred race horses. Sadly,
in 1998 his beautiful wife Dorothy passed away.
Thomas M. Gatto is survived by his six adoring children; Charles Gatto, Sr. Nora Gatto,
D.C., Thomas Gatto, Mary Schwarz, Edward Gatto, and Anne Garton. Thomas was also
the Pop Pop to 13 beautiful grandchildren, and 14 adorable great grandchildren.
His family was his pride and joy. Everyone who met him loved him immensely. His love
for life and youthful sense of humor was matched by none other. He was always
cheerful and optimistic. A loving father, father-in- law, grandfather, great grandfather,
brother, uncle, neighbor, and friend – Thomas will forever live on in our memories and
hearts. We will love him forever and always.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made in his name to the Visiting
Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk, Inc. These “angels of mercy” were so kind and
caring to our dad in his final days – we are eternally grateful for everything they did to
ensure his comfort and dignity as he passed on.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 5th from 2 to 4 in the afternoon and 7 to 9 in the
evening. A Roman Catholic Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 6th at
Sacred Heart Basilica in Southampton. Burial will immediately follow the church service
at Calverton National Cemetery, in Calverton, NY.