MARYLAND - Thomas W. Eklund, 70, passed away at home following a long struggle with cancer on Jan. 13, 2018.
Thomas was born on Dec. 5, 1947, in Stamford, son of Robert and Pauline Eklund.
Tom grew up in Davenport and graduated from Stamford Central School. He then attended drafting school before joining the United States Navy and serving during the Vietnam War.
Thomas married Deborah Ingalls in 1999.
For many years he worked as a farm machinery parts manager and subsequently as a cabinet maker. His talents were many. He could build a house and he could build a guitar. He could fix a toaster or a locomotive. He loved to travel and explore. We can remember this by his exceptional photography.
Tom attended Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta and was an active volunteer for the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad.
Tom lived with integrity. He showed strength and grace through difficult times in his life. He didn't complain and was always calm in the midst of chaos. He was witty and had a refreshing sense of humor. He was hard working, talented and artistic. He loved God and the beauty of His creation. He loved his family, his country, the Beatles and trains.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Eklund; son, Michael Eklund (Wendy); daughter, Kerry Eklund (Joseph) and grandson, TJ Roberts; stepchildren, Jesse (Amber) Ingalls and grandsons, Connor and Grayson, Jenny (Charles) Brett and grandchildren, Dionna, Amy, Rea, Makenzie, Hunter and Reuben, Justin (Ashley) Ingalls and Joanna Ingalls. He is survived also by a brother, John (Melissa) Eklund; and nephews, Derek and Dylan; and a sister, Bette Jayne (Richard) Spinney; and niece, Candi (Scott) Mattice; brother, Robert (Charlene) Eklund; step-siblings, Dan, Larry and Rick Accordino and families. He is also survived by many other dear friends and family members.
Tom had eyes that saw the best, a heart that forgave the worst, a mind that forgot the negative. He was truly blessed.
Calling hours will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19, at Main Street Baptist Church, 333 Main St., Oneonta.
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at Main Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary Bonebrake officiating.
Interment, with military honors, will be later in the Maryland Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Peter Eklund, campus minister at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College, www.missionsdoor.org/missionary/eklund-peter or Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad, P.O. Box 681, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lhpfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are entrusted with the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
Published on January 15, 2018