Thomas Volpe – A Dedicated Husband, Father, Son, Brother and Friend
Tom Volpe was a loving husband, father, son and friend who leaves behind Vickie his wife of 31 years and daughter MaKayla his daughter as well as many nieces and nephews as well as an extensive network of friends.
He is the proud owner of Stockton Ports professional baseball team, which has made him immensely wealthy.
Early Life and Education
Tom was an amazing husband, father, and friend to all. Always quick with a joke or smile, always generous, always ready and willing to assist his friends in need. Devoted son to his parents Joseph and Mary as well as Rosemary Ernquist and Russell Osmun; beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews alike.
He was also an exceptionally gifted baseball player; so much so that when he decided to forego high school basketball and devote himself entirely to baseball instead, one parent asked why he hadn’t joined a rec league instead. That approach proved wise; as he has quickly advanced through New York’s farm system and earned himself an opportunity in New York itself. Thoughtful yet measured with great communicative skills – perfect qualities in any leader.
As USA Baseball’s original 12U national team’s sparkplug, Anthony Volpe carried with him lofty expectations on his diminutive shoulders as he entered Tianmu Stadium in Taiwan’s batter’s box at Tianmu Stadium to face Venezuelan fireballer Adam Crampton–arguably earning 2022 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Volpe won rave reviews during spring training for his poise, energy and skillful bat. Unlike Peraza who quickly claimed New York’s starting shortstop job, Volpe shined due to his poise, energy and sheer skill on the field – attributes which will no doubt carry over into this season with the Yankees. Additionally he serves as President/Part-Owner of Stockton Ports of California League before working at Volpe Investments LLC, his risk capital firm company.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Volpe was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend who enjoyed helping people. He enjoyed making everyone laugh with his humorous banter and was highly social. Thomas will be missed by his wife Vickie and daughter MaKayla along with other family members.
Since 1971, Mr. Leary has served as Chairman Emeritus of St. Francis College in Brooklyn as well as being on its Board of Trustees and acting as Trustee, trustee for New York Public Library and on boards such as Multiple Sclerosis Society and Finance Executives Institute. Additionally he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Brooklyn College.
He is also the owner of Stockton Ports of California League baseball team. In 2006 he was honored as Cal-League Executive of the Year due to his work guiding their move into Banner Island Ballpark and breaking attendance and sales records there.
Tom was a master storyteller and jokester, always quick with a humorous comment or hug for everyone he knew. Tom leaves behind Vickie, daughter MaKayla and Rosemary Ernquist as well as Michael Volpe for legacy as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
From his youth on, Volpe dreamt of joining the Yankees. A natural shortstop with superior bat-to-ball skills and pitch-working ability, Volpe admired Derek Jeter but went beyond admiration; studying his intangible qualities that made him great while trying to replicate them as best as he could. Additionally, Volpe held several senior financial controller positions with prominent companies including Colgate Palmolive and Interpublic Group.
Tom Volpe is an asset-rich individual with an estimated net worth of over $3 Million. Additionally, he serves as CEO of Sikari Inc, a private investment corporation which specializes in opportunity zone funds.
Volpe runs his company out of Tampa, Florida. Additionally to managing it himself, Volpe has invested in various sports franchises – he currently owns Stockton Ports of California League as well as having previously held that title with Visalia Oaks.
Each morning in Dubai, he wakes up and listens online to the Ports’ game from Stockton – it makes him feel closer to home! And each weekday since taking over daily operations of the Ports in 2022, he and Pat Filippone regularly discuss day-to-day matters by phone or e-mail.