Roy Thomas Tucker, Jr. “Tom, Diddo & Papa Tom.” (Putnam Station, NY / Vergennes, VT) passed away on the afternoon of Saturday, July 9, 2016 surrounded by the love of his family and while family sang him one of his favorite songs.
He was born on December 22, 1944 to Roy, Sr. & Ruth (Remele) Tucker
Tom was pre-deceased by both his parents Roy Tucker Sr. (in 1968) & Ruth (Remele) Tucker Ringer (in 1999).
Tom leaves behind his four Children: Daniel and his wife Suzanne (Pockett) Tucker, Joseph Tucker, Tommy Tucker all of Putnam Station, NY and Â Brette Tucker of Bristol, Vermont.
Tom leaves behind his Grandchildren: Tyler, Alyssa, Gavin & AJ. & many nieces and nephews.
He also leaves behind his sister Connie Hobbs and a brother Charles Tucker both of Vergennes.
He is also survived by the mothers of his children, Alice Tucker of Putnam Station NY and Shari Rowinski of Bristol Vermont,
Tom was a member of St. Peter’s Parish and later during his second marriage worshiped at the United Church of Lincoln.
Tom went to school in Vergennes and Graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1962.
After high school Tom served in the Air Force from 1962- 1966.
Tom had a great love for sports. He played in the Bristol Softball League for C& F LeBeau’s with both his brother Charlie and his brother-in-law Wayne. He had a team named after him for softball tournaments in Putnam. They were called “Diddo’s Young Guns.” He was an avid New York Yankees fan and loved watching the New York Giants. Tom also never missed a soccer game, softball game or little league game or tournament for his children or grandchildren. He loved golfing and spending time with his good friend Bill Lasher and his friends Chuck and Barry.
Tom had a great love for music and played in a band called “Trying Times” with his brother and good friends Paul Tarte, Larry Austin, & Jimmy Bodette. When asked why the name, his answer was “it was a sign of the times back then!” He very much loved listening to his daughter Brette sing. “The voice of an angel” he always said. One of his favorite artists was Elvis Presley.
Tom had previously worked at Simmonds Precision/BF Goodrich in Vergennes and prior to his retirement at Walmart in Ticonderoga.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to either St. Peter’s Church in Vergennes or the United Church of Lincoln in Lincoln Vermont.
The family would like to Thank the American Legion in Ticonderoga for arranging to get a bed for Tom so he was able to be comfortable and to the Staff and Dr. Chapman at High Peaks Hospice for all of their care and making it possible for Tom to remain home while on his journey.
Calling hours will be Thursday, June 14th at 11:30am at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home with a funeral to follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 1:30pm, both located in Vergennes.