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Thomas J. Dufel

Thomas J. Dufel, “Snowman”, 70, of Reidel Road, Amsterdam passed away peacefully in his sleep due to sudden illness on Wednesday morning, May13, 2020.

He was born in Amsterdam on May 11, 1950 a son of Frederick and Joan Gotobed Dufel and attended Fonda-Fultonville High School. Tom lived in Perth .

Mr. Dufel was an interstate trucker for most of his career and driving was his passion. He prided himself on always being on schedule, but mostly early. Many fond memories of delivering water for pools were shared over the years. After retirement, Tom continued his love of driving and service as a newspaper courier for the Amsterdam Recorder and the Schenectady Gazette. He truly enjoyed taking care of his customers.

Tom loved his family and friends, and had great love for the family pets, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating, and camping.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his stepmother Lila Dufel; and a sister, Barbara Dufel Reed.

Survivors include his children, Thomas “TJ” (Karen) Dufel, Nicole (Aaron) Warren, Michelle Shaw; a sister, Debra Dufel Hayes; seven grandchildren, Shanna, Ryan, Maryssa, NiTasha, Brandon, Joshua, and Jordan; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation was performed at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to Out of the Pits or a local SPCA in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, Inc. 111 County Highway 106, Johnstown, NY 12095.