Rudolph "Rudy" Tomaselli


Rudolph “Rudy” Tomaselli, a longtime resident of Warwick, NY passed away on April 26, 2020 at St. Anthony Community Hospital. He was 87 years old.


Born on June 21, 1932 in Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late Loretta (nee Bovasso) and Frank Tomaselli.  Rudy served proudly in the Coast Guard.


Rudy was the owner of Cel-Art, a commercial artist company, on Madison Avenue, New York, NY. He worked with the creator of the Hawaiian Punch character, Sugar Bear, and Frito-Bandito and was the animator for television movies including Damn Yankees and Around the World in 80 Days. He also worked with MTV on several projects, including Beavis and Butthead.


Rudy is survived by his wife, Nancy Lane; son, Dr. Gordon Tomaselli of NYC and Baltimore, MD; daughter, Frances Catherine Melder of Warwick; daughter, Alice Warren of Gorham, ME; son, Rudolph Tomaselli of Florida, NY; son, James Tomaselli of Warwick, NY; eight grandchildren who loved their “GiGi”: Samantha Romig, Steven Laroe, Caitlin Reilly; Matthew, Travis, and Wyatt Tomaselli, Jennifer Keith and Jeffrey Warner; six step-grandchildren, Brynn Melder, Meredith Magi, Emily Gill, Sara Campbell, Kristin Desiero and Jennifer Washburn; and thirteen great-grandchildren.  Rudy was predeceased by brothers, Joseph and Eugene and sister, Marie Zodda.


A “Celebration of Life” service will be held at the Warwick Cemetery on Saturday, August 29th at 11:00 a.m. Please gather at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick at 10:45 a.m. for the procession to the cemetery. 


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Uncle Rudy had a great outside set shot! It might've been a 2 hander,.. He taught me how to be slick on the court & in life! God Bless him...
Michael A Galvin
Uncle Rudy had a great outside set shot! It might've been a 2 hander,.. He taught me how to be slick on the court & in life! God Bless him...
Michael A Galvin
With deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and father
Gerry Freisinger
Fran warm hugs to you and your family. I feel your loss so sorry Esther
Esther Pikul
So sorry to hear of Rudy’s passing. My thoughts are with all of you, his wonderful family. I have so many memories of him thru the years. An amazing talented man with so many accomplishments. Absolutely loved his sense of humor as well. We were lucky to have him around so long. One of my dad’s best friends. I’m sure they’re having a heavenly drink 🍹 together ! Much love to all of you ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
Lynn Pfeiffer Martin
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