SUMMIT, NJ - A GoFundMe site has been established to assist the family of Dr. Thomas (Tom) Giusto, a longtime Summit resident who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on August 22 at the age of 49. Funds raised will help with college expenses for the family's three children as well as other general expenses.

Giusto is survived by his wife Jennifer Sperling Giusto and his three children, Sydney 21, Stephanie 18 and Luke 10. He is also survived by his mother Carmel (Candy) Giusto, his siblings Lenore Good, Christopher Giusto, and Donna Grillo, and his dad -- the late Mario Giusto.

Giusto was a huge sports fan, and loved the New York Mets, Jets, and Rangers.

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A Long Island native originally from Merrick, NY, Giusto graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his B.A. degree in 1991, his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (D.D.S.) in 1995, and his Certificate in Periodontics, including implant training, in 1998. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2003, making him a Board-Certified Periodontist.

In addition, Giusto used his education in periodontics to volunteer over 100 hours doing dental identification for TWA Flight 800 (1996), American Airlines Flight 587 (2001), as well as the World Trade Center (2001). He had two practices open— one in Springfield and one in Branchburg. 

Giusto moved to Summit with his family in 2000 and, since that time, he was very involved in the community, serving on the Board of Health for Summit many years and being very involved at Central Presbyterian Church (CPC), where the family have been members since moving to Summit.

His wife Jennifer works at in the Weekday Nursery School and Kindergarten at CPC, and Giusto’s daughters both attended Jefferson Elementary School, Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, and graduated from Summit High School. Both young ladies were involved in cheerleading / color guard and the drama program, so Giusto was a regular at both the Summit football games and drama productions to cheer on not only his daughters but all of the kids involved. His son is currently in fifth grade at Jefferson Elementary School.