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Thomas J. DePaolis, 87, of Moriah, N.Y., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital in Elizabethtown, N.Y., surrounded by his family.
Born April 5, 1930, in Port Henry, N.Y., to the late Nazzareno (Nanny) and Margaret (Maggie) DePaolis, he lived most of his life in and around Essex County, N.Y. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles DePaoli and daughter-in-law, Holly DePaolis.
Thomas left home after high school to join the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Helen Boucher Dec. 12, 1953. Later, he became a butcher "by trade" and worked for the Grand Union Company before joining his wife, Helen at International Paper Company where he worked until his retirement in 1990. He enjoyed fishing, reading, mostly James Patterson novels and westerns, playing cards and slot machines at any casino he came across, and watching classic western TV programs - all with his devoted wife and constant companion.
Thomas is survived by his brokenhearted wife and best friend of 63 years, Helen (Boucher); his three daughters, Tina DePaolis, of Boynton Beach, Fla., Marie Bryant and her husband Charles Jr. of Port Henry, N.Y., Darlene Slattery and her husband Jim, of Moriah, N.Y., and son Joseph, of Moriah, N.Y., and his companion Gail Babcock of Ottisville, N.Y., his grandchildren, Adam and Erica Slattery, Thomas and Taylor Slattery, Charles Bryant III and two great-granddaughters, Harper, Emersyn, with another great-granddaughter due in October. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia (Ginny) Ahern of Levittown, N.Y., sister-in-law Carmen DePaoli of Port Henry, and brother and sister-in-law William and Ann Boucher of Port Henry.
Funeral services will be at at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13th, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Port Henry. Thomas will be laid to rest at the St. Patrick's Cemetery in Moriah, N.Y., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to: Town of Moriah Ambulance Squad, PO BOX 72, Moriah Center, NY 12961 and/or South Florida Dachshund Rescue, Email info@dachshundrescuesouthflorida.com DRSF/Post Office Box 267386/Weston, Florida 33326.
Published on September 10, 2017
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