Thomas A. Gallivan
unknown - October 20, 2011
After a final pleasant summer on the back nine, Tom A. Gallivan, of Syracuse, passed at home on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, holding his daughters' hands. A native Syracusan, Tom graduated in 1949 from St. John the Evangelist Academy and joined the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, proudly serving in the Panama Canal Zone, where he first took interest in golf.
Tom believed "work is fun" and enjoyed a career in the food business, starting as a route driver with Nabisco, and retiring from AmeriCold Logistics as VP of national sales. During the Blizzard of 1966, he managed a dedicated crew at Bond Baking and coordinated deliveries by air to area hospitals. Invited by John Redmond, Sr., to join United Freezer, he helped hire and focus the efforts of many good people and tripled business within a short time.
Tom was a proud and adoring husband to talented wife, Barbara, and delighted to spend his life in the house they built together. They enjoyed traveling the U.S. and Europe, spending winters near family and friends in New Port Richey, and plenty of golf.
Tom was a longtime ORBs member at Tuscarora and played well at many of the country's well-known courses, including a round with John BonJovi and his dad. A strong, kind and friendly gentleman, he was also a loving, steady and supportive father. Tom enjoyed hearing a good story as much as telling one and would remind you once more, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Tom was predeceased by his wife, Barbara; parents, Tom Sr. and Laura Gallivan; and two sisters.
Survived by daughters, Gretta Gallivan, Amanda Fenlon and husband, Michael; treasured grandsons, Jesse and Nate; brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Joan Kraus; and several dear nieces and nephews and their children.
Relatives and friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Rev. Henry J. Pedzich celebrated a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in The Church of St. Michael & St. Peter. Tom was laid to rest in Resurrection Chapel Mausoleum, St. Mary's Cemetery, DeWitt. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208. Please share condolences at buranichfuneralhome.com.