Thomas Leo Venezia Sr. of Sagamore Beach died last Thursday, December 2, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth.

He is survived by his fiancée, Judi Adams of Sagamore Beach, as well as his daughter, Franchesca M. Ferguson, and her husband, Anthony, of Sagamore Beach, and their two children, Eliza Rose and Thomas Joseph. He was predeceased by his sons, Thomas Leo Venezia Jr. and Nicholas Eliseo Venezia. He is also survived by his sister Patricia; brothers Peter, Robert and Joseph; and mother Lucy. He also leaves behind his dog, Luigi.

Born in Boston, a son of Lucy (Sciaraffa) Venezia and the late Pasquale Venezia, Mr. Venezia lived for a time in Quincy in a house he custom-built for his family on Wollaston Beach. He is a graduate of North Quincy High School and Northeastern University.

He worked as an automotive mechanic for the Boston Globe for many years, and anything with an engine was a passion of his. He also worked at DiMatteo Construction as a heavy equipment mechanic. He loved restoring classic cars, especially with his two sons and his son-in-law, his favorite being his candy apple red 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air that he named "The Breeze." He loved going to car shows and race tracks and used to race his own cars, especially at New England Dragway, and drove in demolition derbies at Seekonk Speedway. He belonged to Swindles Car Club for many years. He loved bowling and was on a bowling team for many years.

He loved the ocean, fishing, boating, cooking, playing horseshoes and traveling to Italy, Bermuda and Mexico. He was also a member of the Freemasons.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, December 11, at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home at 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne. The funeral service will be at 11 AM. Burial will be private.

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