Drago, Thomas A.

Thomas A. Drago, Jr., beloved husband of 39 years to Doreen (Priola) Drago, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Tom was born in Hartford on January 27, 1937 to the late Thomas A. Drago, Sr. and Harriett Van der Eb Gledhill. He is also predeceased by his stepfather, Albert H. Gledhill, Sr. Tom graduated from Hall High School, class of 1955, and attended Holy Apostles College in Cromwell. Tom was proud to serve in the United States Army for 3 years. He retired from the Hartford Fire Department after 34 years of service and he has worked for the past 17 years for Securitas Security Services at Otis Elevator in Farmington. Tom was a lifetime member of the following Hartford Fire Department organizations; HFD Local 760, Firefighters Retirees Association, Firemen’s Benevolent Association and Firemen’s Protective Association. Tom was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church in Bristol for over 30 years and was also a member of the Sunday evening faith community at Holy Family Passionist Monastery. Tom loved to study world history, especially the World War II era and Bible history. He was a proud lifelong New York Rangers and Washington Redskins fan. Tom enjoyed volunteering at the annual holiday party for children at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center in Hartford. He also had a great love for animals and would often state that he had cats all of his life. Tom was a man of deep faith with a kind and caring heart. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Along with his loving wife Doreen, Tom is survived by his children; Colonel Steven Drago & wife Laura of CO, Karen Garrity & fiancé Pete Medina of CO, Robin Drago-Provencher & husband Thomas of CT, Lieutenant Colonel David Drago & wife Christine of VA, Lauren Drago & fiancé Pete Muto of MA, 11 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren, sisters; Elizabeth McGinnis & husband Richard of CT and Sarah Gledhill of CA, brother; Albert H. Gledhill, Jr. & wife Kathleen of KS, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews & cousins. Tom is also survived by a devoted sister-in-law, Beatrice Priola and her daughters & their spouses; Marnie & Marc Schulman, Darcie & Alex DePase and Carlie & Jarrod Fisher, all of CT. Tom was predeceased by his brothers; James Gledhill and Stephen Drago and brother-in-law, John F. Priola.

Friends may call at St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 10:00-11:00am. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in St. Gregory the Great Church at 11:00am followed by burial with honors in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Holy Family Passionist Monastery & Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Rd., West Hartford, CT 06107 or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russel Rd., Newington, CT 06111.


Calling Hours

Monday, October 2, 2017 from 10:00-11:00am in St. Gregory the Great Church ~ Bristol

Funeral Service

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:00am in St. Gregory the Great Church ~ Bristol


Riverside Cemetery ~ Farmington

Memorial Contribution

Holy Family Passionist Monastery & Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Rd., West Hartford, CT 06107 or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russel Rd., Newington, CT 06111.

13 Responses to 'Drago, Thomas A.'

  1. Natalie Williams says:

    Lauren and Family, my sincerest condolences. Sending strength and love during this very difficult time. Your family and Tom are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Janice Cote-Roton says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.He will be truly missed.

  3. Donna M Sullivan says:

    Dear Lauren and Family,

    I am saddened by the loss of your dad. He raised a wonderful daughter and a hard worker. He was proud of you. Thinking of you!

  4. Joe Borenstein says:

    To the entire Drago family, my sincerest condolences. I didn’t know him, but I knew the children he raised, to be good and caring people.

  5. Mary Regan says:

    Lauren & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss of this beautiful man. What an extraordinary life. May the faith he had and your memories keep you, until you meet again. God Bless you, may your Dad rest in Gods ever loving arms.

  6. Russ Gottlieb says:

    At Otis, Tom was always very kind, respectful, professional and interesting to talk with. He had an ability to talk on any subject I would bring up. A genuinely good soul and his presence will be missed. All my best to those closest to him.

  7. Nadja Infanti says:

    Tom was an icon at 5FS – the Otis Building at the Farmington Campus. Generous, kind, and funny . I could always stop and have a quick talk, and he would brighten my day. He will be missed.

  8. Ivette Toyen says:

    I only known Mr.Drago for just a couple of years and I may say he was always a happy guy. Never forget the times we saw each other on our way out at the end of our 10hour long boring shifts. He always said,”ANOTHER FUN FILLED DAY!!”. Always made me laugh. RIP Mr. Drago. My condolence to the family.

  9. Paula Liu says:

    I’m impressed by Mr. Thomas A. Drago with his responsibility and kindness during his tenure as a security force at Otis Elevator in Farmington. I wish him in forever peace and happiness.

  10. Mike Tracey says:

    I am sorry to hear of Toms sudden passing. As long as I can remember he protected our main entrance to Otis Engineering but more importantly he came to know many of us here. I hope he enjoyed our company as much as we did his. Its hard to realize he will not be here for all of us but certainly our memories of him are everlasting. Best wishes to your family!!

  11. Paula Liu says:

    I will remember Tom as a responsible security personnel at Otis Elevator company in Farmington. I’m impressed by his kindness and wish him all well and in peace.

  12. Stephen Gay says:


    I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. It was a pleasure and honor working with Tom over the years here at Otis Elevator, we will miss him dearly. Tom will always be in my heart and prayers. My wife Allison and I wish you and your family all the best and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Carol Kortright says:

    It was a pleasure knowing Thomas. He always greeted us with a smile and kept us laughing upon entering the building. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Thomas, another Angel has gained his wings. Our deepest condolences to his loving family. Jasmine will miss your Friday/Thursday covos.

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