Thomas Michael O'Shea

Thomas Michael O'Shea

Saturday, August 1st, 1942 - Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
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Thomas Michael O’Shea, 76, died May 2 at his Fayetteville home. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judith (Oravec); daughter, Erin (Bob) Starzynski of Pittsburgh; son, Timothy of Boulder, CO; grandsons, Robert and Thomas Starzynski; and sister, Rolanda (Stephen) Divelbiss of Greencastle, PA.

Raised in Waynesboro, PA, the son of the late Helen M. Snider, Tom was a proud graduate of both Shippensburg and Michigan State Universities. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin, as a Rotary Scholar, and developed a life-long love of his Irish roots. His 33-year career in higher education administration culminated with his tenure as dean of Summer Sessions at Syracuse University and president of the North American National Association of Summer Sessions. He was an ardent Syracuse basketball and lacrosse fan.

Tom made a difference in the community by taking active roles in Syracuse Rotary, Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake, Madison County Hop Fest, F-M School Board, Fayetteville Parks Commission, Odyssey of the Mind, and Empire State Games.

Creative, curious, comedic-a connoisseur of characters and the common man-he was a gentleman and a scholar.

Calling hours will be Saturday, May 18, 10 am to noon, followed by a memorial service at Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel, 8171 Cazenovia Rd., Manlius, 13104.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to Syracuse Rotary Foundation, Inc., 800 Nottingham Road, Syracuse, NY, 13224; or Shippensburg University Foundation, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA, 17257.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel
    8171 Cazenovia Rd.
    Manlius, New York 13104
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 12:00pm
    Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel
    8171 Cazenovia Rd.
    Manlius, New York 13104
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Marie Sarno

Posted at 04:41pm
Sorry to learn of Tom's death. He was a great, fun colleague at SU. Marie Sarno

Brian McLane

Posted at 10:52am
Dear Judy, Erin and Tim,

Needless to say, I was deeply saddened to hear of Tom's passing. I have so many memories of times with him and your family. Special Olympics, Strawberry festivals on the Quad, Ultimate Frisbee tournaments at Ommegang brewery, Erin's wedding, Driving up Perkins memorial drive in Palasades state park. Tom's love of Onondaga Lake, Fayetteville Parks and the Onondaga resource recovery. I spoke with Tom a few months ago when Judy was out of town staying with Erin.

Peace and Love always,



Posted at 09:35am
Judy, Erin and Tim,
I have very fond memories of Tom from all the years we lived across the street from each other on Goodrich Ave. Tom was a good neighbor. We always had kind words and happy greetings for each other. I am sorry for your loss and am thinking how fast the time goes by. Remembering Tom. Condolences, Mary Ann

Dick Brickwedde

Posted at 09:49am
Hey Jude (and Family) -- Who is going to drop of a bottle of Yuengling Beer in my mailbox when he stopped bye and we weren't home. Tom was a friend who you could count on, and who had a million stories, especially about our shared Irish ancestry. He loved his wife and his kids and that house in Fayetteville. R.I.P. Tom -- you will be missed. Dick Brickwedde

Afshan Khan

Posted at 06:05pm
Dear Erin & Bob,
Our heartfelt prayers and sympathies are with you.
Afshan & Mohammed Khan

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