In Remembrance of Thomas J. Fidiam, Sr.
Thomas J. Fidiam, Sr.Dunmore, PA September 9, 1931 ~ July 9, 2012 Date of Service: July 13, 2012
Thomas Joseph Fidiam, Sr., 80, of Dunmore, died Monday morning in the Regional Hospital of Scranton. He and his wife, the former Leona Williams, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on June 8th.
Son of the late Robert and Kathryn McDonnell Fidiam, Tom was a lifelong resident of Dunmore Borough. He was voted the “beau” of the Class of 1949 at Dunmore High School. After his high school graduation, Mr. Fidiam served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict as a helicopter mechanic and air/sea rescue crewman. When his service ended, he attended Temple University and Johnson Technical School, where he learned many of the carpentry skills that he would later use for theatrical set construction at Bishop O’Hara High School. Tom worked for 36 years as a railroad conductor for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroads; the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad; and Conrail. Most recently, Tom was employed as an independent driving contractor working with local auto dealerships. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and the M.A.C. Social Club.
Tom was affectionately known by his family as “Mr. Fix-It” and could repair anything that was broken around the house. As a loving husband, father, grandfather, and good friend and neighbor, he was always ready to lend a helping hand or give someone a ride. He loved travel, history, driving, model trains and good ice cream.
Also surviving are his children, Thomas Fidiam, Jr., Minneapolis, Cathy Chiumento and her husband Joseph, Yatesville, and Susan Fidiam, Dunmore; a brother Robert Fidiam, Drums; his three grandchildren, Katie Fidiam, Anna Chiumento and Maura Chiumento; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Fidiam and his sister Betty Ann Stevens.
The funeral will be Friday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with mass at 11 a.m. in the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment will follow in the Dunmore Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday evening in the funeral home from 5-8 p.m.