Tom was raised in Hornell, and was a 1960 graduate of Hornell High School. He served with the U. S. Army Military Police in Germany from 1961 to 1964, and attended Officers Training School. He was first employed by the Erie Railroad in Hornell, working in the Ice House. He later joined the Hornell Police Department, and the New York State Police before beginning his career with the Wellsville Police Department in 1967, and retired with the rank of sergeant in 1996. He was a life member of the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company #3 and the Morrison Hayes Post 702, American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, and was an avid gardener.
Surviving in addition to his wife Mary Ann, are two daughters, Bridget (Kevin) Lafler of Middlesex, and Lisa (Chris) McNinch of Rushville, a special niece, Rita (Gary) George of West Almond, four grandchildren, Cody (Anna) Lafler, Patrick (Katie) Lafler, Justin McNinch, and Katie (Corey) Ledgerwood, four great grandchildren, Lainey, Bennett, Jack, and Tristan, a sister, Mary Ann Sullivan of Michigan, two brothers, Stephen (Joanne) Hoffman of Florida, and William Hoffman of Hornell, as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by three sisters, Margaret Thurston, Carol Thompson, and JoAnn Hoffman, and a brother John Hoffman.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, January 20, 2023 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral and military honors will follow at 2:00 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Town of Fremont. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to the Emerald Hook and Ladder Company #3, 40 S. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.