After a long and eventful life, Thomas Anthony Puorro , 94, passed away peacefully at Sunny View Residential facility in Cupertino on August 7, 2020, after a five-year struggle with Alzheimer’s. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 71 years, Jeanette, their seven children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts to an Italian immigrant father and American mother, Tom was the epitome of the American dream, grew up poor yet earned a college degree (the first in his family), traveling the world and eventually settling in Los Altos Hills where he and Jeanette lived for 42 years before moving to Sunny View.
Tom served in the Navy during WWII, and after the war attended Tufts University on the GI Bill. In 1949, he met and married the love of his life, Jeanette McCue, at St. Clements Catholic Church in Somerville, MA. That same year, Tom was hired by IBM where he enjoyed a thriving 32-year career and worked on some of the greatest projects of the time: the first 911 system in New York City, the space program in Houston and the early days of computing in Silicon Valley.
His time at IBM involved moving the family to multiple states including Maryland, Texas, New Jersey, and California. They fell in love with California and eventually settled in Los Altos Hills in 1973.
Tom was a devout lifelong Catholic, and his faith was central to his life. He was an active member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Los Altos for over 40 years.
Tom is survived by his wife, Jeanette Puorro; seven kids: Thomas Puorro Jr; Rosemary (Puorro) Ryan; Mark and Kim Puorro; Gregory Puorro; Bruce and Jane (Puorro) Bailey; Richard Puorro; and Mark and Suzanne (Puorro) Golden-Riley; 15 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and dozens of nieces and nephews.
A private burial will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 in Los Altos, California.