Thomas James Spina
1935 - 2021
BORN
1935
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Sundquist Funeral Home
7676 N State St.
Lowville, NY
Air Force veteran, 86, served during Cuban Missile Crisis Thomas James Spina, age 86, died peacefully, surrounded by family, in his Rochester, NY home on September 6, 2021. Tom is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Bleshoy Spina; his two children, Rick (Barbara Giaimo) of Bloomfield Hills, MI and Linda (David VanDeusen) of Glenmont, NY; as well as four grandchildren, Rebecca Chambers (Kirk Shimkin) of Downingtown, PA, Andrew Chambers (Lauren Duda) of Denver, CO, Jillian Spina in San Francisco, CA and Kendall Spina in St. Louis, MO. Tom was born to Lula and John Spina of Lowville, New York on May 22, 1935. He was raised in the loving home of his grandparents, Mary and Frank Gould, in Lyons Falls, New York. Upon his 1953 graduation from Lyons Falls High School, Tom went on to complete a 1957 Bachelor's degree at Syracuse University School of Management. Tom fulfilled his military commitment as an Air Force Special Investigator in Montgomery, Alabama. Tom worked on both personnel and international tensions during his 2 & year stint. Returning to civilian life, he began a lifelong career with Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (later known as CIGNA) within Group Sales. He rose in the company to become a Regional Vice President for large accounts. This career saw Tom and his family moving from Ossining, NY to Mountainside, NJ to West Suffield, CT. Yet his most cherished home was the "camp" he built and enlarged at Chase's Lake in the Adirondacks. Today it is viewed by all three Spina generations as a family center. Ruth and Tom spent 17 years living full time in the camp after their retirementsIt has provided many years of fishing, hunting, skiing and generally enjoying North country living. Time "away from camp" for Tom and Ruth included traveling adventures with 17 self-guided road tours of Italy plus commercial tours of China and much of South America. Tom was often chosen for committees and boards throughout his adult life and he served his communities in many capacities. His interests were many and wonderfully varied. He put forth his rich bass voice in choruses and church choirs. He was a loyal fan of Syracuse University sports, gardened, taught his grandchildren all about the woods & nature, enjoyed coaching Little League baseball, doing intricate jigsaw puzzles, and even created beautiful needlepoint. He never met an animal he didn't like, especially hummingbirds, cats and his beloved cocker spaniels. Survived also by many extended family members and friends who loved and respected him, he will be missed by all. Tom was a gentle and generous man; devoted to family. He gave much richness to his world. Calling hours will be on Monday, September 13th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at Sundquist Funeral home on State St. in Lowville. A funeral will be held at 10:00 AM the following day, Tuesday, September 14th, at Trinity Episcopal Church also in Lowville, NY. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to donate to The American Heart Association or to the National Wildlife Federation in Tom's memory.
Published by The Star-Ledger from Sep. 11 to Sep. 12, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Sep
13
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Sundquist Funeral Home
7676 N. State Street, Lowville, NY
Sep
14
Memorial service
10:00a.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
5411 Trinity Avenue, Lowville, NY
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