Thomas Joseph Banditelli, Sr., 77, of Tamaqua, died on Thursday, January 14, 2021 in Bethlehem.
He was the husband of Carol L. (nee Epler) Banditelli to whom he was married 53 years.
Born in Coaldale on February 8, 1943, Tom was a son of the late A. Joseph and Susan A. (nee Sincavage) Banditelli.
A 1960 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he served in the Air Force where he was a member of the Air Force Band.
Tom is well known as the owner of Tom’s Auto Body and Marine which he has operated for 57 years. He was the recipient of the 2014 Tamaqua Citizenship Award and the 2014 Schuylkill County Outdoor Personality of the Year Award.
A large benefactor of many Tamaqua area organizations, Tom was a longtime chamber member and board member; president of the Owl Creek Reservoir Commission; member of the American Legion, Elks, and Lions Club; and former president of the Tamaqua Italian Club.
An avid fisherman, he loved fishing on the St. Lawrence River and going to Canada, was active in the Bass Club, and coordinated annual Fishing Derbies.
Tom had been a member of the band “Angie and the Strangers”.
He was a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua.
In addition to his wife Carol, Tom is survived by son, Tom J. Banditelli, Jr. and his wife Roxanne and their children Jacob and Dominick of Owl Creek; brothers, Robert Banditelli and his wife Nancy of Tamaqua and Albert Banditelli and his wife Isabelle of Tamaqua; and several nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by a son Christopher M. Banditelli who died in 2013.
Services are private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tom’s name may be made to the Owl Creek Reservoir Commission, c/o Tamaqua Borough, 320 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.