MASSENA -- Thomas Edward Perdue, 99, passed away peacefully January 11, 2017 in Naples, Fla., surrounded by his loving family.
Thomas Edward Perdue was born on July 21, 1917 to Genevieve Hamilton Perdue and Thomas Edward Perdue in Watervliet, New York. He completed primary and secondary education in the Albany and Schenectady areas and attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City and the University of Buffalo. He received his medical degree in 1951 from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and interned at University of Buffalo hospitals. He was a much respected and well-loved family physician in Massena, New York from 1954 until his retirement in 1988. He delivered thousands of Massena-area babies spanning multiple generations. After retirement, Tom split his time between Massena and Naples, Florida where his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved to visit and spend time with him.
Tom served proudly in World War II as an Army Air Corp Navigator/Bombardier on a B-17 in the China-Burma-India theatre. He flew missions over the Himalayas (“the hump”) delivering gasoline to allied forces in China. He married Sarah (Sally) Richards August 9, 1948. They had seven children. Sally died January 4, 1987. Tom and Betty Patterson Spencer married September 24, 1988.
Tom’s children Joanne, Ellen and Timothy predeceased him. He is survived by his daughters Jane (Tom) LaClair, Mary (Peg Kaufman) and sons Robert and Thomas (Jonathan Tran); seven grandchildren; Eric (Kaori Yaginuma), Mark (Alison Smith), Brian (Kate Allen), Katie (Tyler Dorholt), Tommy (Vandana Goel), and Colin LaClair and Riley Perdue; and eleven great-grandchildren; Takuya, Sayaka, Momoka, Kanami, Miyoshi, Marin, Mae, Genevieve, Joseph, William LaClair and Kellan Dorholt. Tom was also beloved by Betty’s children Lee and Beth and grandchildren Leslie and Mark Spencer, and Dan and Mike Hartin.
Tom is remembered for his kindness toward his family, friends and patients, his quick wit, his wisdom, and most of all, his humility.
A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday July 22, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Michael J. Jablonski presiding. Burial will take place immediately following the services in Calvary Cemetery, Massena. Donations may be made to, Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation atwww.mmhfoundation.net
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