Agostino DeThomasis

DeThomasis, Agostino “Gus” of East Greenbush entered into eternal life on April 9, 2021, at the age of 82.  He was born on March 22, 1939 in Abbateggio, Italy.

He was predeceased by his parents Francesco and Loreta DeThomasis, wife Dolores E Maloy and siblings Anthony DeThomasis, Rosa (Sante) DiPierdomenico, Carolina (Galileo) Tobia, and daughter-in-law Sondra Yates DeThomasis.

Coming to America in 1955 at the age of 15, he settled in the city Rensselaer and later moved to the Town of East Greenbush.  As many immigrants did, he worked hard saved his money and over the course of 10 years, sponsored and paved the way bringing his parents and five of his siblings to America. 

He worked many years in the construction field under the Laborers Union #190. Working on many area municipal projects including construction of Interstates 787 and 90 and the Empire State Plaza..  He later worked for BASF in the factory and in security services and maintained the facilities at AFSCME Local Council 82, until his retirement in September 2000.  He also had his own tree service business for over 40 years.

Gus was a”jack of all trades” including electrical, plumbing carpentry and masonry.  He was often the handyman of the neighborhood and was always willing to lend a hand to his family, friends and neighbors.   Many sought him out for his knowledge and advice as well.

Early in life he enjoyed traveling and was especially fond of NYC, and being tour guide for visiting family.  Later in life he found joy in spending weekends at his camper on Sacandaga Lake and vacations to Ocean City Maryland.  He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family especially his grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Elizabeth “Betty”, his sons Joseph (Dolores) and James DeThomasis and daughter Michelle A (John) Collins.  Proud “Pop”of Nicholas (Madelena), Zachary, Vincent & Felina DeThomasis and Ashley & Matthew Collins.  Siblings Giuseppe (Rosa), Pasquale (Angela) DeThomasis, Maria (Gerardo) Petrosino, Antoinette (Jerry) Deyoe and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank the Evergreen Nursing home for their care and compassion in his final days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carolina DeThomasis Tobia Memorial Endowment  at the University of Albany Cancer Institute or to St. Jude’s Hospital at or to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Funeral services will be held onTuesday evening calling hours 4-7Pm with a funeral at 7 O'clock at the Rockefeller Funeral Home 165 Columbia Tpk.   Private interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Friends may attend via zoom at link below