Tom Glasgow, 68, of Plattsburgh, passed away on Oct. 8, 2017 at his home. He was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on March 28, 1949, the son of John Paul Glasgow and Lydia Mae (Wheeler) Glasgow.
Tom grew up on Cumberland Head and attended Beekmantown Central School. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Tom touched countless lives throughout his career as an educator. After graduating from Plattsburgh State, he took a teaching position at Northside Elementary on the base. He taught in the Peru School District until taking his first administrative position as elementary school principal at Wayland Central School. In 1982 Tom returned to the North Country to take the position of principal of both Bailey Avenue and Oak Street Schools. He spent the remainder of his career in the Plattsburgh City School district, going on to be the Principal of Momot Elementary School and finished his career as Principal at Plattsburgh High School. Tom retired in 2004, but the impact of his career is still felt by many today. Suffice it to say that you would be hard-pressed to travel around the North Country with Tom without being approached by former student, the name of whom Tom would recall instantly.
Even after retiring, Tom remained heavily involved in the North Country community. He was a member of numerous organizations, including the Plattsburgh Rotary Club, the New York State Elks Association, the Kent-Delord House, the North Country Hospice board, and the Plattsburgh Moose Lodge, among others. Less formal, but no less important, was Tom's involvement in his morning Coffee Group. Every morning at 8:00 am, he and a group of his closest friends would gather for coffee and catch up on the day's goings on and how the Yankees fared the night before.
The story of Tom Glasgow's life is, at its heart, a love story. This story began in 1971, at Northside Elementary School in Plattsburgh, where he first met Joyce. He was 22 and she, well, let's just say she was a few years older than Tom. From the start, Tom and Joyce's love was one for the ages. Tom said it best, in a letter he wrote to Joyce before she passed in 2013. Tom wrote "this would be the start of the greatest adventure I have ever known."
Tom threw himself whole-heartedly into his new life with Joyce and all that came with it, namely her four children, Mark, Julie, Dayne, and Mary Jo. His commitment to entering into this relationship could best be described as a profile in courage. He married the love of his life on August 4, 1973 and together they built a family that in Tom's eyes dwarfed all other achievements in his life.
He was pre-deceased by his parents; his wife, Joyce; his daughter, Julie St. Louis; his brother, Col. Jack Glasgow; and sisters, Mary Glasgow and Joanne Glasgow. He is survived by his son, Mark Wahl and his wife Theresa and grandson, Michael and wife Amanda; and great-granddaughter, Tessa and grandson, Dayne; son-in-law, Michael St.
Louis and grandson Zachary; son, Dayne Wahl and his wife Lisa and granddaughters, Katelin, Haley, and Sydney; daughter, Mary Jo Trombley and her husband Jerry and granddaughter, Amanda, and soon-to-be great-granddaughter, Annabelle Joyce, and granddaughter, Samantha and great-grandson, Charlie and great-granddaughter, Evelyn; son, Thomas Glasgow and his wife Allison and grandson Thomas; sister Patricia Moell; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
There will be no public calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh.
Donations may be made to Hospice of the North Country.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St. Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901 (518) 561-3980. Online condolences may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com
Published on October 11, 2017