Dr. John J. Tomasi Jr. RUTLAND — Dr. John J. Tomasi Jr., 80, of Rutland passed away Feb. 17, 2021, at the Meadows, due to Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Barre, Vermont, April 16, 1940, the son of Dr. John J. Tomasi Sr. and Lena (Ralli) Tomasi. He was educated in Rutland schools and graduated from UVM. He attended UVM Medical School, did post-graduate studies at Boston College, and graduated from Massachusetts College of Optometry (now the New England College of Optometry) where he was a clinical instructor. Dr. Tomasi was married to the former Marcia Layden on June 4, 1966. He was active in the Vermont Association of Optometry where he was a member of the Board and on the Board of Examiners of the VOA. He was also a member of the American Optometric Association and Ducks Unlimited. John had many hobbies, including fishing, duck hunting and enjoying his time at the family camp on Lake Champlain. He was well-known for his love of family, telling jokes and his wit. He is survived by wife of 54 years, Marcia; six children, Mari and (James) Greene of Austin, Texas, John E. Tomasi of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, Ann and (Kerrie Barrett) Tomasi of Rutland, Kathleen and (Jamie) Brytowski of Pittsford, Peter and (Michelle) Tomasi of Milton and Michael Tomasi of Pittsford; his twin sister, Joan Tomasi Estabrook of Thetford. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Sarah and Emma Greene, Ella and Caleb Brytowski and Isabella and John M. “Jack” Tomasi. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the WSYB Christmas Fund, 250 Dorr Drive, Rutland; the Rutland Rescue Mission, Park Street, Rutland; or to one's favorite charity. Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.

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I am a former patient of Dr. Tomasi. I remember his welcoming smile and the conversations we had that he took an interest in. May he rest in peace and to all his family and friends you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Jay and I send our deepest condolences to the Tomasi family. When I think of John I smile as his humor and good nature shone through at every encounter. I think he had a smile every time I saw him. What a lovely legacy. His kind and gentle nature will be remembered by all who were fortunate enough to know him. God bless you all. Nan and Jay Hart


My heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the Tomasi family. As a young optometrist and new to Rutland John went out of his way to welcome me to town. He took me out to lunch and introduced me to many people. He was an excellent doctor who really cared for his patients. He will surely be missed.


Sending my condolences to Marcia and all of John’s family. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile and a twinkle in his eyes. May all your loving memories bring you peace and comfort. Sr. Martha St. Onge

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