Thomas Edington Sr.
Thomas Edington Sr.

Obituary of Thomas C. Edington Sr.

Thomas Charles Edington Sr., 84, of Greenhurst Village, Jamestown passed away Saturday (August 29, 2020) in his home surrounded by his family. A lifelong area resident, he was born January 7, 1936 in Lakewood, NY the son of the late Fred F. And Mary Jane Pangborn Edington and raised in Falconer. Tom was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War from 1958 to 1961 as military police. In earlier years Tom was a truck driver for various freight companies. He was employed by Dahlstrom Manufacturing for 14 years, and prior to retirement he was employed by Hopes Windows retiring in 2001. Tom had a passion for, and was best known for his country music. He entertained in WNY and PA for over 66 years. The first time he sang in front of an audience he was fourteen years old and had said from that moment on he was hooked on applause. He did not however, think seriously of his abilities to sing until, in 1953, friend Bumpy Peterson asked him to sing a couple songs with Bumpys band. Tom frequently spoke of the people who helped him musically early on. Larry Main first taught him how to play chords on the guitar, Johnny Sudal sold him his first guitar and he credits Joe Vario for teaching him “more about performing and singing than he could put to words”. Finally, Bill Greenwalt, who gave Tom his first professional singing job in 1953. The first band he worked with when he was seventeen years old was called The Tunetwisters and while in Korea, Tom played in a band called the Rice Patty Rangers. Other bands he worked with over the years include The Rythem Rangers, Rusty and The Rainbow Ramblers, The Sun Valley Rangers, The Versatiles, The Cut-Ups, The Country Gold Show, The Little Kettle Band, Siarra Country, and Country Blue. In 1976 Tom recorded his first single in Nashville, Tennessee, with the song “So Lonely” which he wrote, on the “A” side and a Jim Reeves song “Blue Boy” on the other side. Toms dream of making an album came true in 1978. The album included five songs he had written: ‘Spittin’ Image’, ‘I Call Her Honey’, ‘Lettin’ Go’, ‘Yesterday’s Rain’ and ‘Give My Love to Wichita’. In 1990 Tom recorded a mini album which included the song ‘Yesterday’s Rain’ and this was discovered by Jack Greene of WSM’s Grand Ole Opry who later recorded Toms song on his album. Over the past thirty years Tom had performed solo, just him and his guitar after giving up playing in bars and clubs. He did volunteer work instead, entertaining in nursing homes and places like The Resource Center. Throughout his music career, Tom was glad he could donate his time entertaining at benefits that helped people of all ages, backgrounds and needs. Tom loved his small hobby farm on Damon Hill in Gerry, NY where he and his wife Linda raised their three children and lived for over forty years. There he enjoyed horses, dogs and other animals, gardening and wood-burning. Tom loved to write poetry, quoting other writers, telling jokes and reading Louis L’Amour novels. He also enjoyed hunting, travel, and especially his annual corn roast in the backyard which brought together family and friends alike. Surviving are his wife Linda Pearle Griffin Edington whom he married December 28, 1958 in Busti Federated Church; three children: Julia L. (Tom) Thompson of Falconer, Tammy L. (Joseph) Smart of Harbor Creek, PA, Thomas C. (Tracy) Edington II of Stockton; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren and a sister Pauline Schoeing of Erie, PA; his great friends: Howard Buck, Irv Fisher, Slim Griffin and John Risley. Tom will be remembered most for his talent, sense of humor, and kindness. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers: Fred, Robert, James and George Edington; four sisters: Virginia Parette, Ruby Musolff, Ester Bortells and Charlotte Markham. The funeral will be at 12 p.m. Thursday in the Falconer Funeral Home. Rev. Dayle Keefer will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer. Due to NYS and CDC COVID 19 regulations mask will be required. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the funeral service Thursday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be donated to the Disabled Veterans Association, VA Regional Office, 130 S. Elmwood Ave., Ste 620, Buffalo, NY 14202 or dav.org.
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Wednesday
2
September

Visitation

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Falconer Funeral Home, Inc., Falconer, NY
44 West Falconer St.
Falconer, New York, United States
Thursday
3
September

Visitation

11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Falconer Funeral Home, Inc., Falconer, NY
44 West Falconer St.
Falconer, New York, United States
Thursday
13
August

Funeral Service

12:00 pm
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Falconer Funeral Home, Inc., Falconer, NY
44 West Falconer St.
Falconer, New York, United States
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