Thomas Richard ConklinBerne - Thomas Richard Conklin, 58, passed away surrounded by his family early morning on Monday, September 5, 2011 at home, in his beloved Berne. He was born April 17, 1953 in Albany to the late Bob and Esther (Greene) Conklin. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Leslie (Magin) Conklin and was the adored father of Jennifer (Jason) Manias, and Scott and Sierra "Belle" Conklin and grandfather of Alexander Manias. He was brother to Bob (Karen), John (Bonnie), Chuck (Sue), Steve (Mary), Jim (Kim), Ken (Jean), Gord (Paula) Conklin and Patty (Shawn) Skinner and Kathy (Kevin) Lounsbury and cousin to Harold (Ruth) Conklin. Tom retired after 37 years as a Park Manager with New York State Parks. He was an avid hunter, maple sugarmaker, and lover of the great outdoors. Husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend, he will be greatly and deeply missed. A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the Helderberg Lutheran Church, Berne, followed by an interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
My sympathy and prayers are with you all.
JoAnn Kremler Sep 13 2011 12:00 AM
I knew Tom as the GLSP manager. He was kind, sincere, and such a nice person. He loved to see horses in the park. We will keep him in our memories and hearts.
Pat Sep 10 2011 12:00 AM
My sincere condolences toLeslie and the kids and Tom's family. He was a rare and unique man who loved people, loved parks and loved life. I will truly miss him. Grafton Lakes State Park will miss him and all his years of tireless dedication to Parks. He loved life and exuded so much love not only for his family but for the people he worked with and the people who visited "his" parks...Wonderful happy memories will keep him alive in all of us...All my best to the family....
Patricia Forward Sep 9 2011 12:00 AM
Such a good guy - such a sad loss. Our thoughts and sympathy to Tom's family, friends and former co-workers.
Staff of Johnson Hall Sep 8 2011 12:00 AM
Dear Leslie and family , Our sincere sympathy to all of you . We will miss a great man . we were in the FGLSP - Frank as the VP & Pres and Theresa as a treasure for many years , he was a pleasure to work with
Theresa and Frank Cuttone Sep 8 2011 12:00 AM
Tom was one of the first people I ever met in Grafton. As a park visitor, I always looked forward to seeing him when I went there to ride with my friends. When my wife and I married and moved to Grafton, he was one of the only people I knew here, but he inspired me with his positive way of thinking and great attitude. He made me believe in his Park that he spent his life building and enjoying. Parks are for people, Tom, and you showed us all that you really believed it, because you lived it. Thank you Tom.
Chris Roe Sep 8 2011 12:00 AM
Friendly, sensitive, dedicated to family and Parks,Tom was one of those rare persons that restores confidence in the human race. We will miss him very much. Please accept our sincere condolences.
paul and cindy stambach Sep 7 2011 12:00 AM
Tom was one of the most avid supports of FHA/FCCLA Leadership Club and any school activities. Tom was all about giving kids a chance to be successful and live their dreams. THANK YOU ! Jen, Scott and Belle ... savor the memories you have of your awesome Dad ... Our prayers are with you Leslie and all the family.
Dianne Mosher Sep 7 2011 12:00 AM
I had the honor of working for Tom during the winter fests, at Grafton Lake State Park. I use to drive the old 1954 bus for the public to ride on. Tom always talked to me about buying an old John Deere tractor and I would tell him about all the old tractors that my husband had before he died. We would laugh about me being a farmer. He was such a nice man, always happy, and a smile that will never be forgotten. You all were very lucky to have had him to love and he was lucky to have all of you to love him, and he knew it! He was very special.
Paulette Foote Sep 7 2011 12:00 AM
Leslie, Jen, and the entire family: we are so very sorry for your great loss. May you find peace knowing he is amongst heaven's angels and forever in your hearts.
Allison & Bill Tierney Sep 7 2011 12:00 AM