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Thomas Leonard Macchia passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Feb. 21, 2018, at 9:22 a.m. at Sharon Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. He was 96.
He was born Feb. 20, 1922, in Bagnoli-Irpino, Italy to Dominick and Josephine DeCapua. At age 5, he came to America on a ship with his mother and sister, Jenny, where they joined his father in Niles, Ohio, who had been working in a steel mill preparing for their arrival.
Thomas joined the U.S. Navy out of high school and served four years as an electrician mate. During his time in the Navy, he met his future wife Cecelia Harrigal on a train going from Cleveland to his base in Patuxent River, Md. They were married on June 27, 1945, at the St. Mary's Patuxent Naval Air Test Center, after corresponding daily by letter for six months.
Tom attended Youngs-town College, Ohio State University and Ohio University on the GI Bill , earning a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
Thomas and Cecelia moved from Niles to Farrell, where Tom joined St. Anthony's Parish and took a position as a design transfer engineer in the Sharon Transformer Division at Westinghouse Electric Corp. and proceeded to develop several patents for transformers, as well as developing and maintaining turbines for nuclear energy.
After his retirement at age 62, he took the opportunity to travel the world with Cecelia, play golf, play bocce, attend concerts at Buhl Park and found time to participate in indoor volleyball at the F.H. Buhl Club until age 82. He was an avid gardener and self-taught organist.
He continued to be a role model for his friends and family, showing a good life could be achieved by living honestly, trusting in your faith and working hard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his uncle John Macchia and sister Antoinette Scudieri.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Cecelia; his sisters, Angelina Babigoff and Genevive DeMaiola; sons, Thomas Macchia Jr., Robert (Mona) Macchia and Richard Macchia; daughters, Patricia Kaiser and Jane (Paul) Gustas; grandchildren, John (Kelly) Kaiser, Cristy (Richard) French, Mathew (Holly) Macchia, Dina (Matt) Fabian, Kellie Gustas, Stacia Macchia, Katie Gustas and McKenzie Gustas; great-grandchildren Alexa Macchia, Antonio Macchia, Tenley Fabian and soon to come into this world Alexander French.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to F.H. Buhl Farm First Tee of Sharon or Buhl Park.
Rest in peace, Papa. You provided us with a great foundation. We love you.

Thomas Leonard, 96, of Farrell.
Calling hours: None.
Services: Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday (2-24-18) at St. Anthony's Parish, with Rev. Matthew Ruychan as celebrant. Friends may sign the guest book at www.flynnfuneralhome.com
Interment: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St, Hermitage.
Published on February 23, 2018
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