Thomas L. McAllister ScotiaThomas L. McAllister, 90, of Scotia, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2012. Born in Clarendon, NY on August 20, 1921, he was the son of the late Edward and Margaret (nee: Lockney) McAllister. He was raised and educated in Holley, NY and entered the Merchant Marines during WWII. While serving his country for 15 months of active duty, he earned the Merchant Marine Emblem, and the Atlantic, the Mediterranean-Middle East, and the Pacific War Zone Medals. During the war, Thomas met his wife and together they made their home in the local area in 1946. Thomas was employed by General Electric Co. for many years as a diesel mechanic until his retirement in 1986. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Scotia and served many years as an usher. Thomas was a devoted family man and followed his children and grandchildren's sporting events. He was a coach for many local sports teams and was a former president of Scotia Little League. Thomas will be remembered as a dedicated, creative and helpful man who enjoyed caring for his family and home. Married on July 27, 1946, Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Yvonne (nee: Roberts) McAllister. He is also survived by his daughter, Diane (Theodore) Lovelass of West Charlton; his son, Thomas (Becky) McAllister of Scotia; five grandchildren, Kevin (Melissa) Lovelass, Jennifer (Steven) Galarneau, Shelby (Anthony) DeLuke, Sean (Kristin) McAllister and Shannon (James) Diederich; six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Joshua, Joannis, Sophia, Phillip, Gabriella and the family anxiously awaits the arrival of the seventh great-grandchild which is due any day; sisters-in-law, Lillian Gathen, Claire Hall and Gladys Roberts; and several nieces, nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Owen, Edward, Bernard and John and his sisters, Margaret, Mary and Katherine. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, First St., Scotia followed by entombment in Most Holy Redeemer, Niskayuna. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church prior to the mass. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Joseph's Church. Arrangements are entrusted to The White Funeral Home, Scotia. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Community Hospice of Schenectady, Rely Health Care Services, and a special thanks to Betty for her loving care. To express condolences visit www.sbfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Aug. 2, 2012