Thomas J. Ablan Sr.

March 18, 201

CARTHAGE, NY  —  Thomas J. Ablan, Sr., 78, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, March 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County.

Tom was born at his home in “Rock City” in Carthage on Aug. 21, 1938, the son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Atala) Ablan. He graduated from Augustinian Academy and Utica College of Syracuse University. 

Tom was united in marriage to the former Yvonne Graves on June 29, 1974 at St. James Church in Carthage. 

He spent some time in the US Army, worked as an insurance salesman, and ended his career as a business teacher at Lewis County BOCES. 

Many might remember him for owning the local grocery store, Super Duper (later Jubilee), with his close friends, Wayne Slye and Ward Bushaw.

Surviving are his wife, Yvonne (Graves) Ablan of Carthage, his daughter Amber (Gerard) Marino of Guilderland, his son Thomas (Karlie) Ablan, Jr. of Longview, WA; three young grandsons, Ben and Matthew Marino and Thomas Ablan, III; a brother and sister-in-law, George (Marsha) Ablan of West Carthage; brothers and sisters in-laws, nieces and nephews, and many friends who were like family.

Tom loved to play and watch sports, and enjoyed dabbling in the stock market. 

He was a lifetime communicant and Eucharistic Minister at St. James Church, former President of the Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce and former President of the Branaugh Memorial Boys Club (now the Carthage YMCA).

Tom’s family appreciates the amazing care he was given through Hospice, especially his primary nurse, Bonnie. The family also wishes to thank the many people who came to help and show support during these last few months.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, at St. James Church with Rev. Donald A. Robinson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, at the Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home.

Memorial donations can be given to Hospice of Jefferson County, St. James Church, or a charity of your choice.

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Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.