Obituary of Thomas William Graziano
Thomas William Graziano passed away peacefully on January 16, 2024, surrounded by his family, after a long and
courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 12, 1959, he lived an extraordinary and passionate life dedicated to his
beloved children, baseball, and the pursuit of the next best restaurant concept. Tom raised his family in Basking
Ridge, New Jersey where he was active in Little League and the community.
Referred to by his friends and family as “Tommy G” or “Graz,” he was undoubtedly most proud of his most recent
moniker, “Pop.” Aside from his family and successful portfolio of restaurants, Tom gained immense enjoyment from
his many years on the baseball diamond. From his early days playing college baseball at the University of New
Orleans to his time spent in the minor leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, baseball was always his
favorite pastime. Tom’s most fulfilling position, however, was coaching and mentoring young ball players, many of
whom he followed religiously and with pride throughout their college and professional careers.
Tom lived life driven by the pursuit of his dreams, often in a manner that only he could conceive; to say he marched
to the beat of his own drum would be an understatement. His enthusiasm, quick-wittedness, and zest for life were
contagious, and his perseverance and determination were inspiring to those around him. Tom was most at peace on
the water jet skiing at the Jersey Shore, fishing in Key West, or enjoying a glass of wine or cold beer in his booth at
Capital Craft. He touched the lives of so many, but above all else, he loved and supported his children
wholeheartedly and unconditionally.
Tom is survived by his wife, Bonnie Graziano, his two sons, Andrew and Matthew Graziano, his daughter-in-law
Caroline Graziano, and his grandson and namesake, Thomas “Tommy” Graziano.
A private ceremony for immediate family will be held in Tom’s honor.
All funeral arrangements have been made private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tom’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.