Thomas Celona is a well-known personality in Pennsylvania. He has taken part in many influential projects that have made a positive difference for people all across the nation, while being an enthusiastic proponent of dance as an art form.
Residence at 1 Mulberry Crt in East Greenwich. Three children and seven grandchildren living there.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Celona grew up in Rollinsford, N.H. where he played tennis, served as editor of his high school literary journal and advanced to state competition with Destination Imagination team. Later, Thomas attended Villanova University to earn an English degree.
At first based out of North Kingstown and Phoenixville, he eventually settled down. On evenings and weekends he enjoys going out to restaurants, breweries and other spots in both areas; additionally he likes running along Kelly Drive as one of his preferred routes.
Middlesex District Attorney’s Office announced Monday evening that officers encountered 35-year-old Thomas Celona with two knives inside Parkview Apartments on Swanton Street on Monday night, who ignored their commands to drop them and did not comply with requests to put away his weapons. One officer fired his service weapon striking Celona according to investigators.
Thomas Celona has become one of Rhode Island’s premier businesspeople. With an array of businesses to his credit – Thrifty car rental and sales, airport parking, limousine services, car and equipment leasing as well as more than 160 employees employed across these ventures – Thomas Celona stands as an impressive economic and community development advocate, having served on boards like Kent Hospital, Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Bryant University Junior Achievement etc.
On November 2, 2020, police found Celona holding two knives inside his Winchester apartment and asked him to put them down; when he refused, officers used a Taser twice but it did not subdue him; one officer shot Celona, killing him instantly while taking three officers to hospital as precautionary measures.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Celona has long been an advocate of economic and community development in Rhode Island. He has served on various boards – chairing many himself – such as Kent Hospital, Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Warwick Rotary Club and Warwick Rotary Club; held leadership roles within Junior Achievement USA Bryant University among many other activities; held numerous political offices statewide, and more.
Celona has long been an avid supporter of the arts in Providence, where he lives. He regularly attends performances and plays, running along Kelly Drive and meeting up with friends for drinks at local spots in the evening.
Marian Ryan of Middlesex District Attorney has concluded her investigation of Thomas Celona’s fatal police shooting at Winchester by basing it on findings of an inquest.
Thomas Celona grew up immersed in his father’s service station on Mineral Spring and Douglas Avenues, starting work there at age 10. He found great satisfaction in learning more about cars and their engines; attributing his longevity to hard work, moderation, and counting his blessings.
Thomas Celona of Rollinsford, New Hampshire was raised by Steve and Marybeth Celona. Thomas graduated with a BA in English from Villanova University. Thomas enjoys playing tennis as well as exploring Philadelphia’s many restaurants and breweries on evenings and weekends with friends.
An inquest revealed that police were justified in shooting Thomas Celona. Armed with two knives, and after using Taser twice on him before firing their shot.
Thomas Celona served on Rollinsford High School’s Yearbook Committee and tennis team, serving as class treasurer and participating in Destination Imagination competition. He was born and raised in Rollinsford by Steve and Marybeth Celona of Rollinsford.
He has long been a supporter of non-profits, sitting on numerous boards such as Kent Hospital, Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement. Additionally, he’s an advocate for Rhode Island.
His efforts, along with those of Kathleen, have resulted in amassing an estimated net worth of $20 Million. They split their time between North Kingstown and Florida homes; have two adult daughters and nine grandchildren to care for; remain actively involved with their lives as adults, taking great pleasure in celebrating each of them’s accomplishments.