One of Pueblo’s most enthusiastic promoters, Tommy Giodone Jr., died March 10 at the age of 57.
The cause of death has yet to be released, but Giodone was known to have non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.
In a video posted to Facebook on December 27, he said he needed a liver transplant and was on a waiting list for a donor, but could also benefit from a transplant. half a liver from a living donor.
“It’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do – publicly announce this and ask complete strangers for help,” Giodone said in the video.
by Giodone Tommy G Productions was responsible for hosting a variety of events and entertainment at the sprawling 55-acre Vineland property behind The Italian bar-grill Giodone, including the annual Groups in the yard country music festival.
He also helped bring the Professional Association of Bull Riders headquarters in Pueblo.
Giodone’s sister, Denise, said in a Facebook post on the day of her brother’s death that the family restaurant, in business since 1939, would remain closed until further notice.
Bring people together for fun
Giodone told the chef in 2016 that after working for the state highway department as a young adult, he found his true calling was “bringing people together for fun”.
“He had so many businesses – the marijuana store, the sign shop, Bands in the Backyard – and he ran events like Mutton Busting (a sheep-riding contest for young kids) and Demolition Derby ( at the Colorado State Fair),” Charlie said. Montera, a lifelong friend. “He was doing big events like team stringing for three or four days…back when it was a 14-day fair.”
It was Giodone’s connection to the fair that led him to meet former state fair director Chris Wiseman, who now serves as Pueblo County Commissioner. “He was a go-getter and a hard worker,” Wiseman said. “He was a real friend – almost family – like one of my brothers.”
“This guy had a horseshoe in his pocket. He would have a nice dream and make it work,” Montera said. “He was a great guy who treated everyone so well and trained everyone. You’re not going to find someone to promote Pueblo like he did.”
Wiseman recalled that when he was hospitalized with a fairly serious illness, Giodone walked in with a take-out container from the family restaurant.
“Tommy G wanted to make sure I had homemade spaghetti and chicken,” Wiseman said with a laugh.
Montera first met Giodone, whom he affectionately calls “Tom Tom”, when he played fastpitch softball in a church league.
“Tom Tom was our bat boy and we won the state championship that year,” he recalled. “I don’t know who was more excited, him or me.”
Giodone became “a very good pitcher,” Montera said, and also served as a pitching coach.
A family man
First and foremost, Giodone was a family man, very close to his father Tom Giodone Sr., his mother Anna Marie and his sister Denise, Montera said.
“I’m going to miss him, I’ll tell you what,” he said.
The Giodones are expected to announce funeral arrangements this week, a family friend told the Chieftain.