Obit: Thomas Jason Cataldi

Thomas Jason Cataldi
Thomas Jason Cataldi

It is with heavy hearts that his family announces the passing of this talented young man. Thomas passed away suddenly at his home in Montrose at the young age of 59.
Born in Los Angeles’ Echo Park area, Tom spent his early years growing up with his brother and many cousins. Raised by his father, Rudy, and grandmother, Nona, Tom enjoyed going on camping trips, exploring the neighborhood and raising a little hell here and there.
In 1970, the family moved to La Cañada Flintridge. It was there that Tom was blessed with a sister, Christina, with whom he became very close. Tom began to blossom as a smart, funny and intelligent teen. Just before moving to La Cañada, Tom bought an electric guitar at the Sav-On drug store in Silver Lake Heights for $15. It was then that he knew he wanted to play rock ’n’ roll. Tom was able to teach himself to play. He had an extraordinary ear for music and a wonderful talent for writing lyrics. In the mid-’70s he started his first band, Tea, and played many gigs throughout the foothills from Tujunga to Pasadena. Eventually the band was renamed Bad Angle. In the ’80s, Tom’s band played to packed venues like the Hollywood Palladium and Gazzarri’s on the Sunset strip.
Among other things, Tom was a handyman. He was great at electronics and also worked as an animation timing director in the ’90s for several studios, including Hanna-Barbera and Saban.
Tom never married but is survived by his father, Rudy, and mother, Consuelo; also, an older brother, John, and younger sister, Christina.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church, 215 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge.
Funeral directors: CrippenMortuary.com.

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