Alagna, Tommaso “Masi,” 101, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Thursday, June 6, 2019. Beloved husband for 68 years of the late Francesca Alagna (nee Bono); loving and cherished father of Joe (Donna) and Gaetano “Tom” (Laura) Alagna; dear Nonno of Ben (Angela) and Adam Alagna; sweet Great-Nonno of Edison and Autumn Alagna; brother of surviving Rosa Cognata (nee Marino) and Joseph Marino; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and friend to many. Special thanks to Kimecha, Ann, Ruthie, and Theresa of VITAS Hospice for your love and care of Pop the past year. Masi immigrated to the United States in 1948 from Campobello di Mazara, Sicily. After working for C. Nelson Manufacturing Company, General Art, and also as a dry cleaner presser, maker of garden statues (which now grace many St. Louis backyards), and owning his own ice cream truck, Tommaso and Francesca opened Tommaso’s Italian Restaurant on Airport Road in North County and then provided continued love and encouragement to their sons, Joe and Tom, to open their own Italian restaurant, Fratelli’s Ristorante. We will greatly miss Tommaso’s wit, stories, Sicilian poems and cucuzza.
In lieu of flowers, (if desired) memorials may be made in Tommaso’s name to the American Heart Association (St. Louis Chapter), or Masses preferred.