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I worked with Tom in the garage at Wonder bread for 11 years. He was a great boss and the world lost a great man and a truly gentle soul.
Posted by Kevin Schober on August 11, 2023
Tom always had a smile, a hug, shared his humor. My dad will miss him so much. I'm so sorry and his family and friends are embraced with loving memories.
Posted by Tracy Haelen on May 28, 2023
Dad , I will always love and remember you for all the time I have left on this earth. You taught me so much and can only repay you by never forgetting how much you loved me. You good? I’m good! I’ll see you again someday, I love you
Posted by Pete on May 28, 2023
Tommy, you were one of the most beautiful, sweetest, caring, patient and genuine people I have ever met in my life…and had that sense of humor and charming smile/grin to go with it…I will miss you tremendously. We had such great times together...just wasn’t ready for them to end. I would pass by your house so many times in a week and be so tempted each time to pop in to see you and Karen but that ugly 4 letter word, W-O-R-K, always prevented me from doing it…especially since I knew it would never be a “short” visit. I loved when you would talk in detail about your trips with Karen, or proud family moments, you described everything in detail because it was so memorable and meant so much to you…you truly lived in the moment and loved your life. Your family was everything to you and you were everything to them. You loved music, good wine, tequila and especially the game of golf and was a true gentleman golfer (patient, always trying to help your fellow golfers as bad as some were…and I don’t think I ever heard you swear on the course…that’s amazing!) You were blessed to play some of the most beautiful courses throughout the country. We will all miss you Tommy but can say that we had a great friend who truly lived a wonderful life! Love you my man! Adam
Posted by adam fried on May 27, 2023
Back in 2006, we had just moved into our new house and I was home alone with our kids who were 1 and 5 at the time. I suddenly saw a strange man walking through our backyard. Being a transplant from downstate, I was pretty nervous, wondering who the heck this guy was. But then I noticed that he was carrying a bottle of red wine...so I thought "how dangerous could he be?" Well, he turned out to be one of the sweetest, kindest, gentlest people I've ever been privileged to know...truly a one-of-a kind gem of a man, who will be so very missed.
Posted by Janine Fried on May 27, 2023
Poppy, I never got the chance to know you as long as some other have, but you were able to hold a fill a very big gap in my heart. I had lost 3 of my grandparents by the time I was 11, including both my Grandpa and my Zayde (Hebrew for grandpa). You were able to take that empty grandparent position and fill it, along with Nana. Thank you Poppy.
Posted by Hayley Achim on May 26, 2023
Wednesday night, we lost someone truly incredible. He meant so much to everyone that met him. It still doesn't seem real. Definitely doesn't seem fair. Thank you for welcoming me into your family over 29 years ago. I promise to keep Karen, Jen, and your grandsons safe and happy. Farewell for now, buddy! Love you always!
Posted by Shawn Drake on May 26, 2023
Poppy was so very special to me, he always loved joking with me, for example he loved the Mexican word of the day memes, and he’d always send them to me and we were both laughing so much. Also Poppy was always there to help with anything that I needed help with, car problems, helping me learn new skills, and especially my golf skills, I’ve gotten so much better at many things because of Poppy’s help. I am so thankful for Poppy always being there for me. I wish I could have gone golfing one more time with Poppy, I promise I’ll keep playing because I know he will still be watching me get better and better and he will so proud of me, and someday I’ll get a hole in one because of Poppy’s help teaching me. I’m going to miss you so much Poppy, I love you so so very much, when I see you again, I will be giving you the biggest hug ever, have fun golfing and having your wine. And like you always said, I’m your boy, and you’re my Poppy. I love you Poppy! Love Spencer
Posted by Spencer Drake on May 26, 2023
Our savior at wonder/ hostess !! He was always there! and a great friend ! God speed Tom!!!
Posted by Jim Colombo on May 25, 2023
Thank you for loving me and being an incredible father to me, and Shawn and the best poppy to the boys. We're going to celebrate you continue loving you forever. ❤️
Posted by Jennifer on May 25, 2023
Our heartfelt sympathy is with you all. May Christ Jesus bring you comfort and peace, for you are never alone. He is with you always. You are in our prayers. Love, Jean and Tom Greer
Posted by Jean A Greer on May 25, 2023
Dad, we will miss you more than words will ever be able to describe. THANK YOU for always loving us, supporting us, and always being there for us. You were one of a kind. We love and miss you soo much already.
Posted by Kimmy & Pete on May 25, 2023
To a great friend that enjoyed life to the fullest . You made me a better golfer and you will be missed . I’ll see you again my friend ❤️
Posted by Tony DiDuro on May 25, 2023
Thomas, or Poppy as his grandchildren called him, was an amazing man. He was the first person to see me out of the womb. He helped my mom (his daughter), Jennifer Drake, so much during my birth that my parents decided to give me a second middle name; Thomas, a name I hold dearly. I’ve always been told I look a lot like him and my personality is similar to his as well. I couldn’t have asked for not only an better grandfather but such a great friend. I will miss him immensely and I will always love him and everything he ever did for me. I’ll see you later. I love you, Poppy.
Posted by Hunter Thomas Drake on May 25, 2023
I promised to Poppy I would make sure him and I got to see at least one member of our favorite band, The Beatles, and last year Ringo Starr came to Canandaigua. Poppy loved the concert and I am eternally grateful I was able to share that moment with him.
Posted by Hunter Thomas Drake on May 25, 2023
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