ORISKANY — Thomas Alfred Saladin 92, of Oriskany passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Faxton St. Luke’s Health Care surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on June 20, 1925 in Utica a son of the late Vincent Leo and Louise (Cloute) Saladin Sr. On August 24, 1946 he was united in marriage to Norma Clark at Sacred Heart Church. A blessed union of over 60 years until her passing on December 12, 2006.
He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WW II onboard the USS Frankford (DD-497). He was a member of the Machinist Union and employed with Kelsey-Hayes Co. in Whitesboro retiring in 1985 after 41 years of dedicated service.
He was a Eucharist Minister for St. Stephens Church in Oriskany and also with St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Whitesboro where he visited shut-ins to offer them communion and a good visit. This was a calling that he truly enjoyed. He was a member of The American Legion Post #1448. He was an avid fisherman who loved spending time at his camp at Northwoods Lodge in Lake Pleasant, NY. He enjoyed watching baseball games, he was a big Buffalo Bills fan, and he cherished the time that he spent with his family especially his adored grandchildren.
He is survived by six sons and two daughters, Dan and Phyllis Saladin of Buffalo, Tim Saladin of Oriskany, Deb and Ron Fedor of Rome, Don and Carrie Saladin of MA, Tom and Pam Saladin of FL, Paul and Claire Saladin of FL, John and Christine Saladin of Oriskany, and Nancy and Jim Eaton of Oriskany. He also leaves eighteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He leaves a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Patty Saladin of FL; four sisters Teresa Cackett of Utica, Eleanor Menard of New Hartford, Frances Welch of Oriskany, and Janice and Frank Marfone of Forestport; also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers Wilfred and Vincent Saladin; and a sister Mary Allen; also his grandsons, Richard (Rick) Thayer and Shawn Floyd.
The family wishes to sincerely thank the staff of the Presbyterian Home especially the staff that appreciated Tom’s humor. Your care and compassion and laughter were just what he needed in the last few months of his life. Your many acts of kindness and compassion were truly appreciated.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. from the Dimbleby Funeral Homes Forty Main St. in Whitesboro and at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Whitesboro where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment with Military Honors will be held in the spring in Oriskany Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
For those who wish please consider the Oriskany Public Library, 621 Utica St. Oriskany, NY 13424 or the Oriskany Museum. 420 Utica St. Oriskany, NY 13424, in his memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
For online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dimblebyfh.com