Idio Francis Tabacchini, known to everyone as “Tabby”, passed peacefully on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 96½. Tabby is a native of Detroit, MI born on July 16, 1922 to parents Francis and Assunta (Tarsia) Tabacchini. He moved to Mt. Vernon, NY after marrying Marie Tiso on September 2, 1951.
Tabby is a WWII US Navy veteran, serving at Memphis Naval Air Station, Millington Tennessee, a primary flight training center at that time. In Mt. Vernon he was employed as a machinist until he retired from Sigmund Cohn. He also worked part time for many years as a bartender at Alex and Henry’s events where he endeared himself to all and would entertain everyone when he stepped out on the dance floor.
Tabby was a dedicated family man, a loving father and provider. He brought fun and laughter wherever he went. He enjoyed bowling, was an amazing whistler, and played the accordion and piano by ear; he loved taking long walks, cherished time spent with family and friends, and watching Westerns movies and shows on TV.
Tabby is survived by his daughters Sandra Tabacchini of West Hills, CA, and Suzanne Rohde-Moe of Sonora, CA; his son Ronald Tabacchini of Oviedo, FL, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Silvio Tabacchini of Macomb, MI and his sisters, Diana Marshall of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and Norma Tiso of Mount Juliet, TN. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie, his son, Frank of Stamford, CT, his brother, Abel Rossi of Ste. Clair Shores, MI and sister Anita Sampson of Sunrise City, FL.
Friends and family who wish to pay their respects and celebrate Tabby’s life may do so at the WESTCHESTER FUNERAL HOME (190 Main Street, Eastchester, NY) on Friday, January 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.
A Christian Burial service will be on Saturday, January 26 at 9:45 AM at St. Peter and Paul/St. Ursula Church, 129 E. Birch Street, Mt. Vernon. Immediately following will be an observance at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne.
All are welcome to attend. Flowers may be sent to Westchester Funeral Home and/or donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Tabby was an optimistic, wise, fun-loving, outgoing person who especially enjoyed music and dancing. His memory and love will always be in our hearts.