Thomas P. Lavinio

Sept. 26, 1927 - March 16, 2015

Thomas P. Lavinio, who was the owner and operator of Lavinio Pools in Southampton and a pilot and member of the East Hampton Aviation Association, died on March 16 at home on Cedar Crest Road in North Sea. He was 87 and had been in declining health due to Alzheimer’s disease, his family said.

Mr. Lavinio received flight training while serving in the Naval Air Force during the period following World War II. He flew for the Naval Reserve as well, and then as a private pilot. He was the East Hampton Aviation Association’s president for many years and was a strong and vocal advocate for pilots based at East Hampton Airport, his family said.

He was born on Sept. 26, 1927, in Southampton to the former Josephine Maiorano and Stephen Lavinio of Meeting House Lane. He graduated in 1945 from Southampton High School and enlisted in the Navy.

Mr. Lavinio belonged to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary parish in Southampton. His father had helped build the church, and Mr. Lavinio, a master stonemason, took part in its restoration years later.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan Giering Lavinio, and four children, Mary O’Connor of Southampton and Middleburg, Va., Elizabeth Lavinio of Southampton and Mechanic Falls, Me., Margaret Saurenman of Southampton and St. Louis, and Stephen Lavinio of Southampton, and six grandchildren. A son, Thomas P. Lavinio Jr., died in 1972. Three brothers and a sister died before him as well.

Visiting hours were on March 18 at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton. A Mass of Christian burial was said for him by Msgr. William Gill at the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary last Thursday. Burial was in the Sacred Hearts cemetery.

Mr. Lavinio’s family has suggested memorial donations to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary In Nomine Domini Fund, 18 Hill Street, Southampton 11968, or to the East Hampton Aviation Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 632, Wainscott 11975.