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Former city councilmember Tom D’Agosta dies

Former Escondido City Councilmember Tom D’Agosta passed away last week. He served on the Escondido City Council from November 7, 2000 – November 2, 2004. Mr. D’Agosta was an Escondido native and owned a local development firm. In a quote from a 2004 Union-Tribune Article he shared, “This is my town that has given me so much,” he said. “It is always satisfying to me to think that I am doing something in the community that will stay longer than I will be here.” He loved his city and will be missed by many.

Tom D’Agosta, graduated from Escondido High School and was elected to the Escondido City Council in November, 2000.  He finished #1 out of 11 candidates for two council seats and served one term. Former city councilman Ed Gallo told The Times-Advocate: “I remember one of his main objectives was to have a parking structure built downtown.  Tom was a builder/developer/entrepreneur providing first class homes and commercial buildings in Escondido.”  

With Luo Pauletto they opened a fine dining restaurant and nightclub on N. Midway Drive.  Chez Orleans and the Time Machine were the places to go for a great night out.  He also partnered in the opening of another French Cuisine restaurant Vincent’s on Grand Avenue.  

The D’Agosta family has a long history in Escondido which included D’Agosta Shoes on Grand Avenue—the only store that sold Florsheim shoes. 

4 responses to “Former city councilmember Tom D’Agosta dies”

  1. Don Anderson says:

    Escondido lost a very dedicated and caring friend. Tom loved the community that gave him so much and he spent much of his time paying back, what he called a debt of gratitude.
    I have known Tom for 70 years and have always admired his dedication to family, community and his friends.
    He entered local politics for all the right reasons. Many politicians enter politics for personal gain…..Tom’s motivation was to give back to the community he lived.
    I served as the Citys Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director during his tenure and appreciated his support for Parks, Recreation and Libraries.
    My condolences to June and his loving family.

  2. Michael O’Connor says:

    Tom will always be remember in the Dido , A person that walk the walk , believed in fairness in governing and stood tall in town . He should have been Mayor . Tom Rest In Peace

  3. Kara Wilson says:

    We miss our Tommy D dearly. Rest in Peace sweet Tom.

  4. Nils Holmen says:

    Shocking news about a friend of many years. My prayers go out to his wife and family. RIP Tom!!

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