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39 South Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118
Phone: (518) 664-4500
Fax: (518) 664-3046
Sydney Thomas

Sydney W. "Syd" Thomas

Saturday, January 1st, 1927 - Monday, December 30th, 2019
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STILLWATER - Sydney W. Thomas, 92, of Kellogg Rd, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 30th surrounded by his loving family. Born in Conifer, NY, Jan 1st, 1927, son of the late Paul and Lucille Thomas, Syd served with the US Navy Seabees in the Pacific during WWII where he enlisted at the age of 17. After being discharged from the military, he operated a dry kiln for the Emporium Forestry Company/Heywood-Wakefield Furniture of Conifer. He was the Troy sales manager for Prudential Ins Co. for 23 years, retiring in 1982. During his retirement Syd spent his time woodworking, making violins, creating one of a kind keepsakes for family and friends as well as spending numerous hours tending to his beloved dahlias.
A true patriot, Syd was an active member of the American Legion Post 91, VFW Post 6328, the Seabees Island X-10 vets groups.
He was predeceased by the love of his life of 56 years Mary (Tess) Sullivan Thomas, as well as his sister Ellen Mae Gensel and brothers Paul and Mervin Thomas.
Survived by his devoted children: Christine (Richard) Robbins of Stillwater, Timothy Thomas of Eunice, La and Kathleen (John) Merry of Queensbury. Grandchildren: Amy, Todd, Matthew, Erin, Sarah, Jennifer, Kristina Joanna, Steven. Great Grandchildren: Ryan, Isabelle, Jacob, Jayden, Jenna, Lila, Kayden, Catherine, Davis and Genevieve, along with many beloved nieces and nephews.
Calling hours at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 4-7 PM. A Funeral Service will be follow at 7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 12866 or The Community Hospice 445 New Karner Rd. Albany, 12205 in memory of Sydney Thomas.
A sincere thank you to the staff at The Wesley - Hathorn Building, 2nd floor.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    39 South Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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  • Service

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 7:00pm
    Location
    DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    39 South Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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Veronica Gray

Posted at 10:00pm
Dear Christine, TIm, Kathleen, and Your Beautiful Families, My heart is aching today not being able to be with you to hold you in my arms and let you know how much you are loved. Uncle Syd has always held a special place in my heart and always will. His strength, his tenacity, his love of nature, his knowledge of so many things, his big smile and laugh, his generous and loving spirit, has been an inspiration to us over the years. Herm and I have looked forward to our visits and I could always feel his tight hugs even over the phone. our prayers are with you that God will bring you His peace and strength to continue your life journeys knowing that,you have had a man to admire and give you courage. His prayers will be for you now. He is celebrating this birthday with his God and the true love of his life, Aunt Tess! Make more memories together to honor his memory. I will miss my new years birthday call, but I will dial him in Heaven instead. Bless each of you with Christ's Love, Ronnie & Herm

Melinda Springer

Posted at 05:58pm
We are so deeply saddened to hear the news of Uncle Syd!! Whenever we made the trip up to New York, we were always excited to get the opportunity to see him and Aunt Tess!! They always treated us as grandchildren and they always made the effort to be there for us girls!! They traveled the long trip to support us for special events in our lives, especially our graduations and weddings, and would even bring Nanny with them!! My fondest memories of Uncle Syd are his hugs!! He hugged with all of his heart and showed his love in such a beautiful way!!! He spent his birthday with God and Aunt Tess in heaven and I’m sure it was a huge celebration!! We will miss him very much and continue to keep you all in our prayers!!
With all of our Love,
Dan, Melinda Gray (Peanut), and Evelyn Springer
JM

Joe Mehan

Posted at 05:40pm
Tim, Chris and Kathleen sorry for your loss. Wishing you all peace in this difficult time.
Joe Mehan
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Stacey Gensel

Posted at 03:52pm
So sorry for your loss. We have so many cherished memories of times shared..Just saw Maureens post ...so I didn't have time to travel down.
PZ

Paula Zimbal

Posted at 09:14am
Christine, Tim, Kathleen and family,
So sorry to read of your dad's passing. He and your mom were bright lights in the family and I always remember their smiling faces. Your dad was still jovial and kidding around at 90 when we ran into each other in Price Chopper! So many years have passed since we have been together as an extended family and our generation is spread far and wide, but there are still stories we remember of our parents and "us kids" / "cousins twice removed " when we got together. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Paula Cernak Zimbal ♥
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