father and grandfather, Thomas F. Van Cott66, passed away peacefully at his home on April 16, 2022. Tom grew up in the West Brighton section of Staten Island in the 60s and early 70s.
The son of a naval officer, he followed his own calling to the sea, spending most of his late teens and early twenties in the Coast Guard and Merchant Navy, learning about the sights and cultures of the counties of the whole world.
He retired from his position as project manager at Mt. Sinai Hospital in 2018. At 26, he married Sheila Leahy, also from West Brighton, with whom he had a son, also named Thomas. At 38, he married his second wife, Joanna Kathehis, and spent his last years surrounded by his friends and family, whom he loved above all else.
Tom was a fan of the Yankees, Jets, Flyers, classic rock music and deep sea fishing. He believed in charity and regularly donated to causes close to his heart throughout his life . Tom was tough, passionate, funny, and fiercely loyal to those who were with him.
Joseph Bernard Clark Jr., 91, new teacher and trainer Dorp HS; inducted into the Hall of Fame; a family man from Washington Township, NJ, died peacefully on April 22, 2022.
Marie A. Venosa89-year-old lifelong Staten Islander, attending Curtis High School, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother died at her home in Grasmere on April 24, 2022.