Thomas R. Bongi, a beloved husband, and father passed away in San Rafael on March 28, 2023, at the age of 83. He was born on July 29, 1939, in San Francisco to Adolph and Mary Bongi. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Maureen, and their three sons, Mark (Anne), David (Laura), and Tom (Kim) as well as five grandsons. He is predeceased in death by his beloved sister Helen Maineri.
Tom was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 6, and worked as an electrician in San Francisco for 40 years. He was passionate about his work and dedicated to his craft to the point that his co-workers referred to the National Electrical Code as “Bongi’s Bible.” Tom's legacy in the union was cemented by his dedication to teaching electrical apprenticeship classes for over 30 years, leaving a lasting impact on generations of electricians to come.
Tom was also a committed member of the US Coast Guard Reserves, serving for over 35 years and retiring at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. He enjoyed serving very much and was proud of the men and women he led and the service they provided to our country.
Tom enjoyed traveling with his extended family and spending time at Lake Tahoe. He was a man of boundless energy, always willing to grab his tools to help a neighbor. He also loved taking on a project whether it was working on cars or his home installing yet another light or electrical outlet because, in his words, "You can't have too many outlets."
Tom was known for many things including an aversion to turning up the heat in his house. While he will be sorely missed, his family looks forward to adjusting the thermostat without fear of Tom's disapproval.
Tom's love for his wife, his family and friends was evident to all who knew him. He will be deeply missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Visitation will be held on April 12, 2023 beginning at 4:00 pm with a rosary at 7:00 pm at Monte's Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on April 13, 2023, at St. Isabella Catholic Church in San Rafael. Reception to follow.
Tom's family asks that donations be made in his memory to a veterans group or charity of your choice.
Assisted by Monte’s Chapel of the Hills, San Anselmo, CA.
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