“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” — Proverbs 116:15
NEW YORK — Thomas Gaetano Caceci, MD, 94, died quietly Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 at his home in Blacksburg, Va.
Born in New York City on New Year’s Eve 1914 to his immigrant parents, Paolo and Letizia Caceci, he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from New York University in 1935 and received the medical doctorate degree from New York Medical College in 1939.
In 1940, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a medical officer and flight surgeon throughout World War II, separating from active service in 1946. In that year, he established a private medical practice in the Kingsbridge section of New York City where he was, simply, “The Doctor” to thousands of patients until his retirement in 1982.
In the mid-1950s, Dr. Caceci was a founding member of Misericordia Hospital (now the Northern Division of Montefiore Hospital of the Bronx), where he remained on the medical staff until he retired. He was a member of the American College of Physicians, the Medical Society of New York State and the Bronx County Medical Society.
It is impossible for those who knew and loved him to comprehend a world without him in it. His life was an example and an inspiration to his children, his patients and his community. He was a scholar, a humanitarian, a teacher and a healer, living a life of service to others and devotion to those who needed his advice, comfort and concern.
For nearly 40 years, he ministered to the community of Kingsbridge with unlimited compassionate concern for his patients and neighbors. He delivered babies, treated illnesses, and consoled people in their grief, serving them in ways far beyond mere medical therapy. To his children he was indulgent and supportive, always. These are the things he loved: above and before all else, his wife Silvia, who brought light and meaning to his life for nearly seven decades; his children, his home and refuge in Dutchess County; his country and community; and the poetry of Dante and Shakespeare.
He is survived by his children and their spouses: Leticia Caceci of White Plains, Thomas and Susan Caceci of Blacksburg, Catherine and William Burke of Queensbury, Gina L. Caceci of Falls Church, Va., Michael and Theresa Caceci of Pittsford; five grandchildren: Catherine E. Burke of Syracuse, Thomas W. Burke of Fairfax, Va., William T. Gallagher of Fairfax, Va., Caroline and Camille Caceci of Pittsford; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife and companion of 68 years, Silvia; and two brothers: John and Richard.
A memorial service in his honor will be scheduled in the near future at St John’s Church in Kingsbridge.
In lieu of flowers or Mass cards, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Warm Hearth Foundation, 2607 Warm Hearth Drive, Suite 100, Blacksburg, Va. 24060.