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Thomas Sebastian Rizza (Riz) 1955-2019

Thomas Sebastian Rizza (RIZ) of Colchester, passed away at 1:07am Sunday morning at Hartford Hospital. Prior to his passing he was surrounded by family and close friends.


Tommy was born on October 25, 1955 in Stoke-on-Trent, England. He came to America with his parents Corrado and Olivia and brother Mario, he was under the age of two at the time, then became an American citizen. He spent most of his years growing up in East Hartford. Later he bought a home in Colchester where he has continued to reside.


Tommy was an avid sports fan, especially the Yankees. He loved Harley’s and Triumphs and rode for many years. Tom loved music, he loved singing and playing his keyboards. Despite being a double amputee, he played football at East Hartford High School. Worked construction and played volleyball at Soundview Beach. Tommy was a strong and proud man.


If asked Tommy would say his best accomplishment is his daughter Cheyana Rose-Marie, now 18 years old. Anyone who knew Tommy knew she was his world.

He is survived by, daughter Cheyana, mother Olivia, brother Gordon, sister Maria, nephew Nelson Isaiah, Niece Gina, great nephew Billy, great nieces Angellese, Gianna, and Olivia. Along with Aunts, Uncles and cousins from Italy and England.


He is preceded in death by father Corrado, brother Mario, grandparents in England, Thomas Boote, Ethel Boote , and in Italy, Sebastian Rizza and Gatinia Greco Rizza.

Tommy is loved and will be missed, he will be in our hearts forever.


A Memorial for Tom will be held this Friday, March 1st at 7pm. LifeWay Church, 207 Deming Street (Shriners Hall) Newington. There will be coffee and light refreshments following the service.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to help Cheyana’s college fund. Please make checks payable to Linda Porter. Tom’s passing was sudden and unexpected a Trust is still being established.



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