Thomas Richard Giffune

Published Oct 9, 2018 at 4:00pm

Thomas Richard Giffune, 24, of Verona, ended his life on Friday, October 5, 2018, after a decade-long battle with Bipolar Disorder.  

He was born on March 27, 1994, the son of Timothy and Valerie (Simpson) Giffune of Verona. He graduated from Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School in 2012 (Class President), and from SUNY Potsdam in 2016 (Summa Cum Laude) with a triple major in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics; he was also awarded the SUNY Chancellors Award for Student Excellence.

He was employed by Indium Corporation in Clinton, NY, as a Research Technician. Prior to Indium, he worked as a substitute teacher in the VVS District, with assignments ranging from kindergarten classes, to physics, to high school band. 

In addition to his heartbroken parents, Tom is survived by his aunt, Emily (David) Arbes of Endicott, NY; his uncle Rick (Debbie) Giffune of New Hartford; cousins, Andrew (Chelsea Markus) Arbes of Manhattan, Alexander Arbes of Endicott, Jackie Giffune of New York City, Renee (James and Baby James) Ward of Chester Springs, PA, and Zack and James Goldstein; godparents, Jack (Linda) Angrisano of New Hartford and Giovanna (Sal) Baggetta of Herkimer; and special family friend DeDe Giffune of Chadwicks. He was predeceased by grandparents, Richard and Marlene (Barr) Giffune, and Robert and Elizabeth (Dowdall) Simpson, and beloved cousin, Dickie Barr.

He was a man of eclectic tastes, ranging from Phantom of the Opera to Monty Python. His rendition of “The Parrot Sketch” with Ben McEwen will live on as one of the most memorable performances in VVS history. He was always available to offer his scientific knowledge, an understanding ear, or a bone-crushing bear hug. His sense of humor, compassion, and intelligence will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

The family would like to thank their incredible friends and family for their kindness and assistance during this difficult time. Special heartfelt thanks go to Tony and Talysa Iannello and their family for their care, feeding, love and attention. And of course, much love to Tom’s beloved “Band of Brothers”, whose second home was (and always will be) on Spring Road: Jordan Durant, Derek Gracey, Tom Howard, Lucas Kelly, Jonathan Swalgin, and Andrew Urtz.

There will be a memorial service on 4 p.m., Saturday, October 13, at the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc. 260 Main Street, Oneida with the Reverend Michael Usborne, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home, 1-4 p.m., Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the VVS Music Boosters or Drama Boosters, in care of VVS High School.