Thomas Allen Sears


Thomas Allen Sears, 94, of Rome died Thursday August 8, 2019 at Rome Memorial Hospital ECF. He was born January 14, 1925 in Rome, NY the son of Howard P. and Marion Sexton Sears Sr. Mr. Sears graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1943. He served in the American Merchant Marines from 1943 to 1947. After serving his country, Mr. Sears graduated from Syracuse University in 1951. On May 20, 1967 he married Winifred Williams Werstein in the First Presbyterian Church, Rome. He was Vice President of Sears Oil Company. Mr. Sears was a member of the United States Power Squadron and secretary of the Utica Power Squadron for 25 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Fish Creek Game Club, Lake Delta Yacht Club, Rome Club, and served on the Varflex Scholarship Board for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Winifred; three sons, Christian Werstein, Mark (Cindy) Werstein, and Frederick (Caroline) Werstein; one brother Howard P. (Christine) Sears, Jr.; grandchildren, Kurt Werstein, Matthew (Adriana) Werstein, William Werstein, Sarah (Bill) Buonocore; great grandchildren, Alex Werstein, Gabriella and Nicholas Buonocore; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Sears was predeceased by two sisters, Elizabeth McDowell and Barbara DeHimer.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Rome. Interment will be private. Relatives and friends may call at Strong-Burns and Sprock Funeral Home, 7551 Merrick Road, Rome Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Rome Rescue Mission, 413 E. Dominick St., Rome, NY 13440 or the Humane Society of Rome, Inc., PO Box 4572, Rome, NY 13440. Arrangements are entrusted to Prince-Boyd & Hyatt Home for Funerals, Inc., Rome.

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