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Thomas Joseph McMaster

Died: Tue., Aug. 4, 2020


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 10, 2020
Location: LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

6:00 PM Mon., Aug. 10, 2020
Location: LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc.

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Thomas Joseph McMaster was born April 6, 1948 in Johnson City, NY, the second-born son of Arthur W. McMaster, Jr. and Rita V. (Skiffington) McMaster. John and Katharine McMaster came to America in 1720 from County Antrim, Ireland, and settled in Palmer, MA in 1733. Their son James migrated to the colony of New York in 1750, and his six sons all fought for American Independence during the Revolutionary War. Tom’s direct ancestor Capt. David McMaster fought at the Battle of Oriskany on August 6, 1777. Tom’s mother’s family came from County Galway, Ireland in 1868 to work in the coal mines of Scranton, PA. Tom received his early education at The Point School in New Hartford, NY, until the family moved to Camden in January 1959, when his father “Mac” took the position as manager of Oneida National Bank. Tom was a natural athlete and excelled in all neighborhood sports and especially in baseball. He played for Firemen in the Camden Little League, and later played in Camden’s Babe Ruth League. Tom took up golf at an early age, the whole family playing at McConnellsville Golf Course every season until the family relocated to Rome, when his dad was promoted to Assistant Vice-President of the Rome Trust Office of Oneida National in the summer of 1964. In June 1966 Tom graduated from Rome Free Academy and joined the US Army, service in the Army being a family tradition. He was sent to basic training at Fort Jackson, SC, completed AIT in Transportation Corp and then began a tour in Vietnam. Tom was wounded when his unit was attacked during the Tet Offensive in Feb. 1968. In 1969 he married Margaret E. Murphy of Rome, and later that year moved to Syracuse for work. Tom and Margaret had three sons: Douglas born in 1970, Jason in 1974 and Jonathan in 1975. After serving out his service with the Army, Tom went to college on the GI Bill, attending Onondaga Community College where he joined the golf team. He then joined the Rome City Police Force in 1974 and served his community for 10 years as a patrolman and desk sergeant. Tom later worked for Piedmont Airlines. Although Tom was an accomplished golfer, he kept a low profile in the local golfing circuit. The year he won the Annual Rome City Men's Amateur Golf Tournament in the 1980s, most of the golfers did not know who he was. Tom’s favorite past-times were hunting, fishing, golfing and walking his dogs Sam and later Buddy around Forest Park religiously
twice a day. He was an avid sports fan; his favorite teams were the New York Yankees, the New York Giants and the Syracuse Orange. Tom’s other favorite past-time was looking through old family photos. Tom is survived by his brother Arthur W. “Art” III and sister-in-law Suzanne (Boulant) McMaster of Greenville, SC, his brother Terry A. of Camillus, NY, his son Douglas Thomas and daughter-in-law Petra (Danzer) McMaster of Bridgeport, NY, his son Jason Christopher and daughter-in-law Celeste (Pottier) McMaster of Charleston, SC, his son Jonathan Edward McMaster of Rochester, NY, his nephew Scott William McMaster of Gainsville, FL, and his niece Kellie Elizabeth McMaster and her husband Christopher Staley of Colorado Springs, CO. Friends and family can gather for a memorial service at LaRobardiere Funeral Home, 109 Main St., Camden, on Monday, August 10 from 4 to 6pm, and eulogies will be spoken at 6pm. Internment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Lee Center, NY, on August 11 at 10am.

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Kathy Duerr
   Posted Sat August 08, 2020
I remember Tom coming to the Sanders house at 123 Main St. in the 60s and always making us laugh! Who knew that in later years Brother Jim, his Camden friend and fellow athelete, would both become Rome cops together. So sorry for your loss. Glad I reconnected with him in Forest Park so many years later.

Stephanie D Schell
   Posted Sat August 08, 2020
Jason and Jonathan, I am very sorry to hear about your father's passing. You can take comfort that he is in a better place. My prayers are with your family during this very difficult time.

Ray Murphy
   Posted Sat August 08, 2020
My condolences to all of Tom's family....I'm going to really miss my golfing buddy and close friend of 37 years...Tom was like a brother to me and I was always proud to be with him. Fly with the angels my friend....no more pain. Say a prayer for me.

Al Szablak
   Posted Sun August 09, 2020
Tom and I played for the New Hartford GLF little league. I met him again fifty years later. What I will miss most is Tom's sense of humor.

Sheryl Lewis
   Posted Mon August 10, 2020
I’m very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a very kind man. Three things come to mind when I remember him:Complete updates of the weather, especially snow accumulations in Buffalo. Bobby Knight. And his hatred of the movie Marley and Me. In lieu of flowers, I made a donation to the SPCA in his memory. Pls pass my condolences to your brothers and family.
Sincerely Sheryl and Kyle.

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