Thomas DinceccoFebruary 15, 1927 ~ June 1, 2018 (age 91)
Thomas Dincecco, a Canadian-born American celebrated a long career in the marine insurance business and, aside from his family, was perhaps most proud of his life-long mountaineering and wilderness hiking achievements which took him to the summits of nearly 150 mountains throughout the U.S. He died peacefully on June, 1, 2018 surrounded in love by family.
Tom had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease yet during his final days his humor, wit and light-hearted spirit kept a smile on all those by his side.
Tom grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts in an Italian family full of life, celebration and good food. He grew up speaking a smattering of Italian and with a deep love for opera.
When called he joined the U.S. Air Force during WWII and proudly served overseas as a weather forecaster, a skill he vaunted throughout his life.
Upon leaving the Air Force he attended and graduated from the University of Chicago. For the next 35 years, he worked for a variety of national and global marine insurance companies and upon his retirement continued his involvement as a sought-after consultant and industry expert.
Next to his family, he had a passion for exploring the Adirondack mountains. As a member of the ADk46ers he scaled the range’s 46 highest peaks, some in the middle of winter. On trips to Colorado, despite altitude and increasing age, he managed to climb a number of fourteeners including an impressively speedy ascent of Pikes Peak.
While Tom lived in Woodstock, Illinois he attended the Unitarian Church and found fellowship and a common desire to help the community. For a number of years, he worked as treasurer with the region’s Direct Assistance Program (DAP) and found great joy and satisfaction in being a volunteer English teacher.Tom leaves behind his daughter Linda (Michael) Gardner, Colorado Springs, CO
Grandchildren: Erin Gardner, Indian Hills CO; Kate (Brandon) Larson, Lafayette, CO; Rachel (Brad) Van Brocklin, Denver, CO; Rebekah (Andrew) Madera, Florence, MA, and Joshua Kaufman, New York City. Great Grandchild: Tege Madera.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Jan and her husband Roger Schiller of Woodstock, Illinois.
Tom loved being with family in Colorado and often gazed west at the mountains dappled in sun and snow. As he passed we imagined him recalling John Muir’s refrain, ‘The mountains are calling and I must go.’ Fittingly, Tom asked that his ashes be spread on the summit of his favorite peak.
A private Celebration of Life will be held in his honor.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Adirondack Mountain Club or the Alzheimer's Association.