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KENT—Thomas C. Yacuzzi, 68, of Dudley, Mass., died Saturday, May 25, at UMASS Memorial Medical Center, University Campus. 

He was born Aug. 31, 1955, in Worcester, Mass., son of the late Thomas J. and Beverly (Ekberg) Yacuzzi. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Card) Yacuzzi; one daughter Heidi (Peek) Hamby and her husband, Billy, of Apache Junction, AZ; one sister, Mary, and her husband, Dr. James Spiegel of Seattle, Wash.; daughter-in-law Emily (Peek) Lareau of Woodstock, Conn.; and his beloved grandchildren, Clara Peek and Cody Peek. Additionally, he is survived by an extended family of nieces and nephews from the Kent area and Worcester. 

He was predeceased by a brother, Richard Yacuzzi, and a son, Sean Peek. 

He will be missed by many but especially by his church and his horse-riding families. He enjoyed horseback riding and caring for his dogs and loved his Dudley church family. He regularly ushered, worked church suppers and the church Christmas fair. Over his life he was actively involved with the Democratic Party. He loved to cook and was known for his spaghetti and meatballs. 

He graduated from St. John’s High School and Nichols College. As a young man he worked in real estate and insurance with his father. He was later employed as a tax examiner in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Revenue, retiring from state service in 2015. Tom cared about people, and in his passing gave the gift of life through organ donation. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, at the First Congregational Church of Dudley, 135 Center Rd., with the Rev. John White officiating. Calling hours will be from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the church prior to the funeral. Burial will be at a later date in Kent, Linda’s hometown. 

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Tiffany Window project at the First Congregational Church of Dudley (https://tiffany300.org/about/). Bartel Funeral Home 33 Schofield Avenue Dudley is assisting the family with arrangements; www.bartelfuneralhome.com.

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