Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1952, Thomas Cirignano moved to South Boston as a young man. He took over his father's auto repair business in the heart of "Southie." His decades running that shop would be described as surreal by most people's standards. Through pure luck, he survived numerous life threatening situations. In 1987, Tom decided the time was right to sell the business and relocate to Florida, where he spent the next eleven years. In 1998 he and his family returned to Massachusetts.
Thomas Cirignano has been a contributing writer and also served as an advisory member on The New Bedford Standard-Times Editorial Board. He served two terms on The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School Committee, and has served on several other town committees and commissions. He is a certified scuba diver, ultra-light aircraft pilot, has owned several motorcycles, and loves boating. A previous spinal fracture, Scoliosis, and Harrington Rod surgery now limit his ability to enjoy most of those activities.