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HOPKINTON – Thomas Harris Astore, 60, of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Born in Astoria Queens, New York, he was the son of Ann Astore of Long Island, New York, and the late Anthony Astore.

As he would say, he was married to his lovely wife Tina for 17 years. His sons Henry and Liam of Vermont were the most precious people in his life. He also leaves behind his sister, Stephanie VanEckhart and her children, Sarah and Jake; his brother Richard and his wife, Corinne and their children, Andy and Mary; his stepson, Jeremy MacLeod and his wife, Cynthia and their children, Madison and Brendan and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Hopkinton resident for the past three years, Thomas was formerly of Newton and South Burlington, Vermont. He received a BA degree from Hofstra University, a law degree from Fordham Law School, then became a CPA and practiced as a Tax Accountant, most recently as Tax Partner at Rodman & Rodman.

He achieved his goal of becoming a boogie golfer this summer and anticipated playing four under next year. Based on his diligence in practice that would have most likely happened. He was also meticulous in playing with clean balls and would wash a batch in the kitchen sink, scrub with the vegetable brush and dry with a white dish towel. He woke up singing and never stopped all day, usually the same song for a week.

Tom was a caregiver for his mother-in – law, whom he called Mother Duff. His strong hands enabled her to get up steps and move about. He loved her dearly.  He would subtly and often not so subtly instigate family discussions which he knew could get contentious, while he sat on the sidelines and chuckled.

Tom was a lifelong learner of both the mundane and the complicated facets of our lives, always inquisitive and open to new experiences. He had in-depth knowledge of history, religion, politics, movies, and literature.

Retiring early enabled him to realize a life- long dream of becoming involved in community theater as an actor and playwright. He also took the time to become more reflective with life in general, which was reflected in his writing. When the play he was rehearsing was canceled due to the coronavirus he was asked to write scenes for two local theater groups. Three of those scenes were performed by local actors on Zoom then posted to YouTube while the other was performed live just prior to Massachusetts closing local theaters.

From there his play writing blossomed. His play, Friends in Black in White won first prize in the Millis Theater Group amateur play-writing contest. The play was adapted and produced and under the name of Tommy and Michael and will be shown in January at the Ashland Community Theatre. Recent roles include: Claudius in Hamlet at the Dragonfly Theatre, Magee-lead role in Seven Keys to Baldpate with the Whitinsville Players, Wadsworth the Butler – lead role in Clue performed with the Milford Players, Banquo in Macbeth at Enter Stage Left- Hopkinton Center for the Arts, and many more.  Tom was a regular- fun and frivolous performer at Friday Nite Live (FNL) Adult Inprov Group at MPAC, Milford Performing Arts Center.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 10 from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe 

Visitation will also take place on Saturday, December 11th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a funeral mass at Saint John the Evangelist Church at noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange or  19Needham St, Suite 206, Newton, MA 02461 or to the Milford Performing Arts Center, 150 Main St, Milford, MA 01747.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.