Mr.Thomas N. String Jr., 82, of Main St., Fort Plain, and of late, a patient of St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, passed away June 8, 2012, after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Gloversville, N.Y. on March 13, 1930, to Thomas String Sr. and Sarah (Neyhard) String.
Tom attended Gloversville High School and attended the North Main Street Methodist Church, also in Gloversville.
He was married to his first wife, the former Sally Richey, in Gloversville, and resided in Dennies Crossing, Gloversville. Tom then married the former Carol Ball.They were married in the Newport Methodist Church in 1968 and remained happily married until Carol's death in October 2000.
Tom is survived by his daughter, Lori Yerdon and her partner, Randy Acovangelo of St. Johnsville; a son, Bert Ball String, and his wife, Luci of Endwell, N.Y.; and special son, Michael J. O'Connell and his wife, Karen, who reside outside of Fort Plain. There are four grandchildren, Julie Yerdon of St. Johnsville, Nicholas, Samantha and Gabrielle String of Endwell, N.Y. and Christopher and Jonathan O'Connell of Fort Plain. Tom is also survived by his brother, C. Robert String and his wife, Norma of Utica; and by his sister-in-law, Barbra String and her family of Johnstown; and his numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Tom enjoyed fishing, hunting, and changing of the sports with the seasons: Football (the New York Giants), basketball (the New York Knicks), baseball (the New York Yankees) and hockey (the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders). He enjoyed attending a New York Yankees game with his daughter. He also was a fan of Syracuse University Basketball.
Tom also enjoyed playing cards occasionally at The Valley Inn in Palatine Bridge. He was employed at various leather mills in Gloversville, until his injury in 1989 whereas he worked as a carrier for NBT Bank delivering mail, then as a driver for Access Transportation.
Tom also played the drums for the Ralph Gardner Combo, playing gigs at the Holiday Inn.
Tom was also a member of the Cherry Valley Fish & Game Club, and the Central Mohawk Valley Lions Club.
He will greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
In keeping with Tom's wishes, there are no calling hours. A religious service with be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Fort Plain Cemetery, with the Rev. Kenneth Dingman officiating.
The family is being comforted by the Enea Family Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville; John P. Lewandowski, funeral director. To offer an online message of sympathy, please go to www.eneafamily.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation in Tom's name be made to the Central Mohawk Valley Lions Club.