Tom crossed over peacefully after a heroic battle with cancer on Monday, March 9, 2020, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Fred and Anne Johncox. Survived by his wife of 48 years, Kathy; son, Steven (Laura); grandchildren, Aidan and Scarlet; sisters, Cindy (Norm) Wingerden and Lisa (Scott) Templar; brother-in-law, James (Susan) Herman; sister-in-law, Gail (Larry) McGinn; 11 nieces and nephews; 12 great-nieces and great-nephews; cousin, Robert Lighthouse.
Tom was a Rochester native and Vietnam Era veteran who loved life. He was a classroom aide for children with special needs and loved children for their honesty and joy. Tom also loved a good lasagna and red wine. His interests and hobbies included art (Mark Rothko's paintings in particular), gladiolas, running, sports, movies, and recently TV westerns such as Rawhide. Tom will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and best friend, a doting grandfather, and a caring and generous man.
Friends may call Monday, March 16, 5-7 PM, at the funeral home (495 N. Winton Rd.). A graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 17, 11 AM, at Webster Rural Cemetery,1087 Ridge Rd. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tom’s name to Family Autism Center, 10 Rockhurst Dr., Penfield 14526 (http://www.familyautismcenter.com/support-us/donate) or Foodlink, 1999 Mt. Read Blvd., Rochester 14615 (https://foodlinkny.org/fight_hunger/ways-to-give/#tab-1).
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Family Autism Center
10 Rockhurst Drive, Penfield NY 14526
1999 Mt. Read Blvd, Rochester NY 14615