Donald R. Thum Jr., 69, Route 30A, passed away unexpectedly Thursday evening at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady with his loving family at his bed side.
Born October 28, 1941, in Gloversville, N.Y., he was the son of the late Donald R. and Adelaide V. Herba Thum Sr. He was a Gloversville High School graduate and attended Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y.
Don was employed as a state trooper for the N.Y.S. Police from 1963 to 1979 and was stationed at Troop T Barracks at the Fultonville Exit 28 of the N.Y.S. Thruway.
He was a parishioner of St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing a good game of golf and was an avid N.Y. Giants fan.
On June 29, 1968, he married the former Loretto A. Cranker. Besides his wife, Don is survived by: a son, Donald Jason "DJ" Thum and his wife, Amy, of Fonda; a daughter, Christine A. Bagnardi and her husband, Jason, of Fonda; three brothers, David Thum of Johnstown, Danny Thum of Atlanta, Ga., and James Thum of Jupiter, Fla.; a sister, Janet Thum Rakvica of Jupiter, Fla.; three grandchildren, Thomas J. Bagnardi, Julia M. Bagnardi and Bella E. Thum; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church in Fonda with the Rev. Patrick Gallagher OFM Conv. as celebrant. A reception will immediately follow the service at the town of Mohawk Fire Department. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Don's memory to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, N.Y. 12205. Please sign the family guest book on line at www.brbsfuneral.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville.