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Thomas San Antonio, 89, of California died peacefully June 4, 2012, at his residence.

Born Feb. 21, 1923, in New York, he was the son of the late Mattia Jant Padrouaggio and Giuseppe San Antonio.

He graduated from Textile High School in New York in 1941.

He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. He served in the European Theater of Operations with the 531st Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company.

He then worked in the New York Fire Department and two family clothing businesses, the Mattie Dress Company and Richmond Sportswear. He continued his education, graduating from the New York State University as an audiologist.

He married Betty “Naomi” San Antonio on Sept. 21, 1954. He worked in New York, owning several hearing specialty businesses from 1955 until he retired in 1999. They then moved to St. Mary’s County, where he saw a need for the hearing impaired, and he opened several more hearing specialty businesses.

He was a member of American Legion Post 221 in Avenue.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Karen Werner of St. James, N.Y.; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Powell of Chandler, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his son, Mark San Antonio; and his two sisters and three brothers.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, where a funeral service will be held Friday, June 8, at 11 a.m. Interment services will be private.