Obituary: Thomas Volpe Jr., 57
Thomas Volpe Jr. a long-time resident of Monroe, and a former Darien resident, died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Jan. 29, while living in Southbury. Mr. Volpe was a technical support engineer employed by Neato, Inc., a New Haven subsidiary of Fellows Incorporated.
Mr. Volpe was born in New Rochelle, New York on May 17, 1958. Mr. Volpe was the son of Thomas Sr., a former Darien Board of Finance member, and his predeceased Mother Josephine (Jo) Volpe and they lived in Larchmont, NY where Tom attended his elementary schools. The family then moved to Chappaqua, New York where Mr. Volpe attended the Greeley High School. In 1976 the family moved them to Darien, where Mr. Volpe attended and graduated from Darien High School in 1977. After Darien High School, Mr. Volpe attended Pace College, Norwalk Community College, The Bridgeport Engineering Institute, and Eastern Connecticut State College.
From 1983 to 1986, Mr. Volpe was employed by Norden Systems in Norwalk, where he received Technical Certification in Electro-Mechanical Production by the U.S. Army Missile Command and NASA. From 1987 to 1989 Mr. Volpe was employed by Technical Instruments Corp., in Tarrytown, New York where he worked on the initial prototype building of two types of drug analyzers. In 1989 Tom was employed by Image Graphics, Inc. in Shelton, doing Electro-Mechanical contract work to develop, modify and implement manufacturing procedures required for prototypes built to military specifications.
In 1997, Mr. Volpe’s career changed with a new focus on the Internet. Mr. Volpe took a position with Concentrex, in Trumbull, providing top level support for the use of proprietary Financial Management software on Internet Banking websites in the U.S. and Canada. From 2002 to date Mr. Volpe has been employed by Neato, Inc. in East Haven, where he continued his valuable technical support career. Wherever Mr. Volpe worked he was highly valued, first for his technical knowledge, next for his personality and good nature; Mr. Volpe worked well with all levels of management, fellow employees and the public.
Mr. Volpe and his former wife, Lauren Quinn Volpe of Monroe, are the parents of Victoria and Heather Volpe. Tom and Lauren were especially close with their two daughters and their respective partners David Butkus and Jimmy Minuit. In addition to his parents, Tom and Cecilia Volpe of Darien, Mr. Volpe leaves behind a brother Bob and his former wife Joan Volpe of Cary, North Carolina, and their two sons, Joe and his wife Rebecca Volpe, and Bob Volpe, Jr. Mr. Volpe is also survived by his sisters Rosemarie and her husband Gary Costello of Monroe, and their children, Michael, Kevin and Jennifer Costello, and Donna and her husband Malcolm Bell and their children Ryan and JoAnn Bell of Monroe, and Dianne Forlenzo and her son Brandon Forlenzo of Stamford, Dianne’s husband, Mark Forlenzo died in 2006. Mr. Volpe is also survived by his step-brother Chris Clay and his wife Emily and their sons Richard and William Clay who live in Larchmont, New York. Mr. Volpe’s other step-brother Gregory Clay died in 2013.
Tom and his partner, Julie Ralston of Southbury, were avid mineral collectors and they travelled to many quarries, mines and gem sites and accumulated an impressive collection of gem stones, fossils and geological specimens. Mr. Volpe was so proud of his rock collecting that he owned a claim at Diamond Acres in Fonda, New York. Mr. Volpe was also especially generous with his time and knowledge of electronics, always willing to help his family and friends with their computer and internet problems, and he did so with a smile. Mr. Volpe leaves behind a large and loving family and an even larger family of friends. Mr. Volpe will be so very much missed, his family said.
The family will receive visitors at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Christian Funeral mass will be held at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, CT on Thursday at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Victoria Volpe, 41 Hurd Avenue, Monroe, CT 06468, for a Memorial Plaque which she intends to mount at one of his favorite places.