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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Tommy R. DeGerlia, 85, of Groton, on the morning of September 22, 2021, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Sharon (Seibert) DeGerlia.
Born on September 30, 1935, to the late Robert and Frances (Champlin) DeGerlia.
Originally from Hardin, IL, Tom made his way to NJ, settling with his family in Sicklerville. Upon retirement, his wife and he moved to Mays Landing, NJ, and then spent the past 3 years in Westerly, RI with his eldest son, Tony.
Tommy was a kind and giving man, he spent most of his life as a sales representative for his own company, Creative Sales. During retirement Tom continued his work as a sales rep for BJ's wholesale Club in Mays Landing. He was a veteran of the Army, spending most of his time of service in France; Tom always said his favorite place during that time was Amsterdam.
Tom was an avid boater and enjoyed spending summers in Cape May; he was a past president of the Cape May Marlin and Tuna Club and docked his boat at Utsch's Marina. He was extremely generous, and he could often be found on weekends at The Lobster House treating his loved ones to food/drinks and having a good time. Some of his hobbies included offshore fishing, fast cars, computers, photography, traveling and overall: just enjoying life to the fullest. He loved dogs and spending time with his grandkids.
Besides his lovely wife of 57 years, Tom is survived by his two sons, Tony DeGerlia and his wife Beth of Westerly, RI, Tim DeGerlia and his wife Samantha of Folsom, NJ; five grandchildren, Montana Elwell and her husband Joesph of Millville, NJ, Allison and Jason DeGerlia of Westerly, RI, Hunter and Cole DeGerlia of Folsom, NJ, and his nephew Jack DeGerlia and his husband William of Centennial, CO.
He is predeceased by his only sibling, Jack DeGerlia of Rifle, CO and his dog Dixie.
He was a great man and will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. A celebration of life will be held at a later date private to the family. The Cremation of Society of Connecticut has been entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences please visit