Thomas M.
Greece: Suddenly, Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at age 63. Survived by his loving wife, Barbara Erdle; son, Timothy Erdle; daughter, Cindy (Peter) VanSteen; grandchildren, Devin & Josh; brothers, Fred (Anna) Erdle & Jim (Sherry) Erdle; honorary sister and brother, Debbie (Steve) Wolford; dear friend and partner-in-crime, Brian (Penny) Martin; brother-in-law, Jack; sister-in-law, Judy; several nieces and nephews; many dear friends. Thomas is a retired Greece Police Officer. Friends may call Tuesday 4-8 P.M. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Wednesday, 9:30 A.M. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park. Interment held at the convenience of family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 in his memory.

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  1. Barb –
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this very sad time. What a tragic loss for you and your family, as well as all of your and Tom’s friends.. Everyone who was acquainted with your husband has fond memories of his friendly, easy-going nature.
    ~ Susette

  2. Barb and family – you’re all in our thoughts and prayers. From our conversations, I know you believe he’s in a better place and I hope you find comfort in that. Love and peace to you and all those you love.
    ~Staff of Vital Records

  3. Barb and family-
    I can’t tell you how very sorry I am to hear about Tommy’s passing. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve seen you, but you are always part of my life. My fondest memory of Tommy is sitting at his kitchen table playing Eucher late into the night. It was a favorite game – and always a lot of fun.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I was closer so I could be there with you on Wednesday. Know that I will be with you in my heart.

    Much love to all of you,

    Carol

  4. Barb, I won’t begin to say I know how you feel, but I know the kind of relationship you and Tom have had and my heart is heavy for you. Tom was one of the kindest, gentlest men I knew and I will always remember his warm greetings of a hug and kiss on the cheek. He lived life to the fullest and always had a ‘smile’ in his voice. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Barb, Cindy and Tim

    Words cannot possibly convey our deepest sympathies. He was an amazing man to everyone he came in contact with. May the love and support of family and friends uphold you during this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

    Wendy & Todd Clifford and family

  6. Barb, my heart felt condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry about Tom’s passing. You were truely a gift to each other. My thoughts prayers, support and love are with you during this incredibly difficult time.
    Michelle Casey

  7. Barb, Tim and Cindy,

    We are all blessed to have known Tom. I am going to miss him and his jokes…He was truly a great man and the memory of him will live in our hearts forever! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Barb,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know from the way your eyes lit up when talking of him, that your life together was and will be treasured. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With Love,
    Anne-Marie

  9. Barb,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I only met Tom briefly once, I could see when you spoke of him how wonderful your life together was. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Nancy

  10. Barb,
    I’m so sorry to read about Tom’s passing. I was thinking of you lately – we seem to have touch after our last dinner at Di Vinci’s.
    I wish I could say something to ease your sorrow, but there ae no magic words to make you feel better.
    Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    (I will be out of town the next few days, but please contact me when you’re up to it).
    Love,
    Valerie

  11. Barb,
    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such a great person and a good husband and father. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and thoughts. If you need a friendly ear please get in touch with me.
    Pat

  12. Barbara-Tom was the best! We loved seeing you two having lunch at MCH and then going for a walk. Such a devastating loss for you and your family. May God’s perpetual light shine upon Tom, and may you find comfort and peace.

  13. Barb–It is a shock to hear of the loss of your wonderful husband, Tom.

    I remember the warm days that I would run into you and Tom on my way to and from the MCH cafeteria. Sometimes, I would see you and Tom sitting under the picnic shelter eating your lunch and enjoying the warm summer breeze.

    I’m so sorry to hear of his sudden death. I hope your days will be filled with love, laughter, and good memories with fellow employees and friends to rid the sorrow that now overtakes your life.

    God bless, take care of yourself, and I’ll see you next week.

  14. Dear Barb, Cindy, Tim & Family, We were so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such a good man – we will miss his enthusiasm for life, his very funny jokes and sharing his passion for Notre Dame football. We will cherish the many fun times we spent together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days. Love, Donna & Marv

  15. Dear Barb, I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your memories of your life together comfort you during this time and forever. Love, Sara.

  16. Dear Barb,
    How very sad to hear of Toms passing. There are not many finer men than Tom, and I will never forget how he mentored me at my first ‘real job’ – riding with him on patrol, listening to his stories and jokes…always a warm heart and good word. I know that you will miss him dearly. I haven’t seen him in years and I miss him too. I hope that your cherished memories give you comfort.
    Toni

  17. Dear Barb,
    It is so difficult to find words which even begin to convey how very sorry we all are. Please know you are in our hearts and our thoughts every minute. We all hope to lighten the pain and burden a bit for you – by knowing how much we care.
    Tom was an amazing man. We will all miss his pleasent, genrous and caring presence. We love you.
    The TB Outreach Team.

  18. Dear Barb: You know how much we love you both, and will miss Tom’s loving spirit and his universal sense of humor. Cindy’s words at the funeral summed up the profound effect Tom had on everyone he touched in his life, and his legacy lives on in all of you.
    My favorite ‘Tom’ story is one I’m sure you have heard many times, so please bear with me: We lived in the house behind the Erdle’s, and Tom was in our home frequently. He especially liked when my sisters and I had girlfriends visiting, Tom delighted in taking a ‘fall’ down the staircase and tumbling to the bottom of the stairs – all the while our friends squealing at the sound and sight. Tom always knew how to make an entrance! (And we always wondered what kind of crazy woman would have him…)
    Much Love – Sally & Pat

  19. Hey Neighbors, From the very first moment we met Tom we felt welcomed into the neighborhood. There are no words to say how we feel. What if we talked about what we have experienced wtih Tom. Hot Dogs and Hot Sauce, Notre Dame and Football, Golf, The Cottage, St. Stanislaus, Ice Cream, Cocktails that were too strong, Jokes, Stories, Riddles, That Goofy Grin, Always Time for a Big Welcome Greeting, and SNEAKING CRACKERS TO OUR DOGS so they would get in trouble for running out of the yard, Long Conversations, Short Conversations and Advice. We loved to tease Tom because he was so good natured. The world has lost a brilliant story teller. We lost a beloved next door neighbor. Thank God we still have the rest of you.

  20. Hi Barb, I hope you remember me from EK where we worked together. A friend who lives in NY phoned me of Tommy’s passing. I kinda lost track of you guys and I now live in North Carolina since 1984. Please email me or regular mail at 4950 Vass-Carthage Rd., Carthage, NC 28327. Phone is 910-245-2506. If you email, please put your name in the subject line. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Let’s renew acquaintances, Barb. Blessings, June

  21. I feel so blessed to have known & worked with Tom in the Law Dept. I will miss him terribly, especially his jokes & his smile. We posted the lyrics to ‘A Little Bit o Soul’ by the front door of our office. I will remember Tom & try to heed these words every day.

  22. I have played golf with Tom for many years in the golf league. I was out of town and just found out of his passing. I am so sorry. I will miss his weekly jokes at the first tee. He was truely a great man. God Bless you

    Lynn

  23. I was very sorry to see the announcement that Tom has passed away. Although I haven’t seen him in years he was a friend during our school days at John Marshall… I wish peace for all of you, his family. It’s always a shame to loose a good man, husband,father, grandfather etc.. my heartfelt prayers go out to you all..

  24. Mr. Erdle was a very sweet man who I remember from when he was working in the Hilton High School when I was a student. Mr. Erdle was a friend to my parents and Uncle. He was a kind man who inquired about myself and my family everytime that I saw him.

    I am truly sorry for your loss and your family will be in my prayers.

  25. Mr. Urdle was a very sweet man who I remember from when he was working in the Hilton High School when I was a student. Mr. Urdle was a friend to my parents and Uncle. He was a kind man who inquired about myself and my family everytime that I saw him.

    I am truly sorry for your loss and your family will be in my prayers.

  26. Tim and Family,
    We are sorry to hear of your father’s passing. What a generous man! We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers! — Shea, Rebecca, Shannun, April and Sara

  27. To Barb Erdle and Family — Tom was a delightful person with a great sense of humor. He adored his friends and family. It was a pleasure to work with him at Children’s Services and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  28. We were very saddened to learn of Tom’s passing. We shall miss his smile and pleasant manner. Our sincere condolences to you, Barbara, and all of the family.

  29. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Tom was probably one of the dearest men I’ve had the pleasure of working with. His kindness, charm and incredibly goofy jokes always had a way to brighten the spirits of every person he walked near. I shall miss him but it gives me great comfort to know that he walks with his Creator because he was a good and kind man with solid values. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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