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Thomas J. Spina

Published on September 13, 2021

CHASES LAKE - Thomas J. Spina, 86, died peacefully, surrounded by family, in his Rochester home on September 6, 2021.  


Tom was born to Lula and John Spina of Lowville, on May 22, 1935.  Upon his 1953 graduation from Lyons Falls High School, Tom went on to complete a 1957 Bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University School of Management.  He served as Air Force Special Investigator in Montgomery, Alabama. 


Tom is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Bleshoy Spina, his two children, Rick (Barbara Giaimo) of Detroit, MI and Linda (David VanDeusen) of Glenmont, NY;  and his four grandchildren.


A life-long career with Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (later known as CIGNA) within Group Sales.  He rose in the company to become a Regional Vice President for large accounts.


He put forth his rich bass voice in choruses and church choirs.  SPBSQESA, the national organization of barbershop singers, claimed his membership and devotion.


 Was a SU fan


He never met an animal he didn’t like, especially hummingbirds, cats and his beloved cocker spaniels.


Calling hours will be on Monday, September 13th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Sundquist Funeral Home, Lowville.  


A funeral will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 14th at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lowville.


Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Lyons Falls, NY. 


In lieu of flowers you may wish to donate to The American Heart Association or to the National Wildlife Federation in Tom’s memory. 


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