Thomas Marion Fricano

Born: Tue., Jan. 2, 1940
Died: Sat., Feb. 14, 2015


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., Feb. 17, 2015
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Wed., Feb. 18, 2015
Location: Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church

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Thomas Marion Fricano

Thomas Marion “Tom” Fricano of Eatonton, Georgia, died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospice in Watkinsville at the age of 75.  Mr. Fricano was born in Silver Creek, New York on January 2, 1940 to the late Marion Phillip Fricano and Veronica Militello Fricano.   

Tom graduated from Erie County Technical Institute in 1959 in Electrical Technology and began his career with General Motors as a Journeyman Electrician and became a member of the United Auto Workers Union in local 846.  Tom pursued his passion to serve and represent the local workers which fueled his career in UAW leadership starting with various local leadership roles.  He served 3 terms as President of Local 846.  Tom returned to college in 1970, attending night classes and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the State University College of New York at Buffalo in 1975.  Tom rose through the ranks of the UAW and in 1978, was appointed as the Western New York Area Director, promoted to Assistant Regional Director in 1983, and then elected as the Regional Director of Region 9 in 1989.  Tom retired in 1998 after a successful and distinguished career and continued to serve on several corporate and non-profit boards.

In addition to his numerous duties serving the membership of Region 9, he also served on many union, community and civic organizations.  During this 30 year period, Tom served as vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO, was on the International Board of the UAW, served on the state advisory board of Rutgers University Institute of Management and Labor Relations. Tom also the secretary treasurer of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council and served as board member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, the Western New York Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Buffalo State College Foundation and numerous others. He served a 5 year term as a Governor on the Buffalo Foundation, the first from the ranks of labor to be appointed to this foundation since its inception in 1919. Other organizations Tom served are: Hospice of Western New York Child and Family Services, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Health Care Plan, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York Italian American Labor Committee, Education Eighth Judicial District Advisory Committee, and the Variety Club of Buffalo. He taught Labor Education for UAW leadership at Cornell University and was President of the Industrial Relations Research Association of Western New York. Tom received many awards and recognitions for his work with these and other organizations.

In 1996 Tom ran for the U.S. Congress on the Democratic line in the 27th Congressional District. He was extremely proud to be endorsed by 5 of the 6 major newspapers in the district and capturing 97,000 votes. While he fell 9% short of a victory, Tom was very proud and humbled to have had this opportunity.

On June 23, 1962, he married the former Susan Clarke and last June they celebrated their fifty-second wedding anniversary. After 39 years with United Auto Workers as Regional Director, he retired in 1998.  After living in Buffalo, New York, they moved to their home on Lake Oconee in 1999.  Tom was an active and faithful member of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church. Tom continued his community service being active in the Putnam and Greene County food banks, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Athens Technical College, was a 50 year member and 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus,, was active in the Lake Oconee Anglers and with St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, Tom also served as Vice President of Region Nine Housing Corporation.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, John Phillip Fricano. In addition to his wife, Susan Fricano, of Eatonton, Georgia, he is survived by two sons, David Fricano and wife Ashley of Atlanta, Georgia and Tom Fricano and wife Barbara of Suwanee, Georgia; daughter-in-law, Roberta Fricano and her husband Mark Comroe of New Brunswick, New Jersey; brother, Samuel Fricano of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Venetia Fricano Lodico and her husband Donald of Lakeview, New York; six grandchildren, Macauley, Madeleine Kate, Ripley, Carter, Salvatore and Tommy Jr; and many other relatives and  friends.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, February 17, 2015 at McCommons Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Father Salomon Garcia Cortes officiating. There will be a light reception in the lower level social hall following the service.  In lieu of flowers the family requests any memorials be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, GA 30642, The Putnam County Food Bank, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital though their website or to the Tom Fricano Scholarship Fund which provides 3 scholarships a year awarded to students that meet academic and application criteria. Please make checks payable to the “Tom Fricano Scholarship Fund” and mail to 162 Highgrove Drive Suwanee, GA 30024 c/o Tom Fricano.

McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Steve & Linda Weiser
   Posted Sun February 15, 2015
Susie & Family; Our hearts and prayers are yours at time. Tom was a wonderful friend and will be missed and remembered by many. May the knowledge that he is with our Lord and in His eternal glory be comfort and peace for you. God Bless

Steve & Linda

John & Kris Rulison
   Posted Sun February 15, 2015
Dear Susie,
Kris and I were brokenhearted when we heard about Tom's passing. I well remember the day we met at the highway stop. Kris said there's Susie and Tom. I looked up and here were two big smiles walking right at us. You two have made our lives all the more enjoyable and worthwhile even during such a short period. Tom will be greatly missed. He was one of a kind. And an Upstater to boot. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. John & Kris

Keddie Dillon Powers
   Posted Mon February 16, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss, I will keep you in may prayers, God Bless Keddie

Edwin and Nilsa Herrera
   Posted Mon February 16, 2015
I my deepest condolences goes out to the Fricano family, a great person was lost and a great person was gained in heaven, Tom will never be forgotten in many people's hearts I remember when he used to visit the Region Nine corporate office in New Jersey instead of giving the handshake he would always give a hug.

Herrera family
North Brunswick
New Jersey

Gina Smith
   Posted Mon February 16, 2015
Susan, David, Ashley and family, We are so sorry for your loss and are praying Gods grace and peace be with you during this difficult time. A true measure of a great man is the children he leaves behind. In knowing David, no doubt Thomas was a great and caring man.

Gina Smith

Jim and Margie Cash
   Posted Mon February 16, 2015
We were so saddened by Tom's sudden passing. Tom was a real gentleman and a good person and friend. We will miss Tom. RIP Tom. Our most sincere condolences to Susie and his entire family.
Jim and Margie Cash

Jennifer Catalano Serio
   Posted Mon February 16, 2015
Mrs Fricano, Tom and David,

I am so sorry to hear of Mr Fricano's passing. I have so many fond memories of him during my childhood. My heart goes out to all of you.

Jenn Catalano Serio

Pam Randazzo
   Posted Mon February 16, 2015
Dear Susie and family:

My heart and prayers are with you. Tom was a wonderful man and will be
missed by so many. May the knowledge that he is with Aunt Ron
Uncle Willie and John be a source comfort for you.

Pam Randazzo

Shelley Militello
   Posted Mon February 16, 2015

INDOOR GARDEN BASKET was sent by Dominic and Shelley Militello.

Sending our thoughts, love and prayers to you and your family. Sincerely, Dominic (Godson) and Shelley Militello and family

Joe Fricano
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
Aunt Susie and family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Uncle Tom was a wonderful man and led a life that the rest of us can only aspire to. We only wish we had taken the opportunity to get to know him better.

Love, Joe, Mary, Vincent and Marianne Fricano

Ann Ende
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
Dear Susie, Tommy, David, (and families), Roberta and Sal, Sam and Vinnie,
The Muccigrosso family is so saddened by Tom's passing. He was a wonderful cousin and nephew and has done so much for our family! "My Heritage" was a wonderful way to keep us all connected and Thanks to Tom, we just have to click a button to wish our relatives Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary!
When I read the Funeral Home Obituary, I was astounded by all of Tom's accomplishments!! He will be very missed by all of us! He touched many people with his kindness and generosity.
Our Hearts and Prayers are with all of the Fricano family!
Susie, we especially pray that God will give you Strength and Peace during this most difficult time! Love and Prayers from "The Muccigrosso" Family!

Judy Gustafson
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
Susie and family,
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tom. Our prayers are with you. Know that we love you .
"Cuz" Judy Gustafson and Auntie Jen Johnson

Thomas M. Grace
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
To the Fricano family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies over the loss of your husband and father. Tom was one of the finest labor leaders I ever met. He provided intelligent and humane guidance that inspired workers beyond the boundaries of his beloved UAW. In part for that reason, his 1996 congressional campaign, waged in a very tough district, received the enthusiastic support of many union members. Tom was a fine, fine man and a true privilege to know.

All of organized labor is indebted to Tom for the many years of wonderful leadership that he provided to working people.

In sympathy,

Thomas M. Grace
Buffalo, NY

richard hall
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
Susie and family - so sorry to hear about Tom. He will always be in my prayers and he will be missed by all.

Rick and Meline Hall

Richard {Dick] Hoalcraft
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
Words Can not express my thoughts. Tommy was a "good man". He will be missed.

Ray and Linda Boyer
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
sue, We were so sorry to hear the sad news of Tom's death. May you find comfort in knowing so many care and will miss him.

John & Charlotte Gates
   Posted Wed February 18, 2015
Susie, Tom, David, Vinnie & Sam; to all the Fricano clan.
We were deeply saddened by the passing of a dear friend, going back into our days in Silver Creek. Words can not properly express our sympathy and the empty hearts we feel for all of you.
Your deep faith in the LORD is your strength to get you through this sudden end to a life that has touched so many people, including our own experience in a similar situation not to many years ago. Both Susie, & Tom stood beside our family, along with Vinnie, Don & Sam. That support becomes stronger in our lives as we grow older.
Above all, the LORD has called Tom home, without long suffering. Tougher on the family, but GOD is so gracious He gets all of use through.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you Susie, and the entire Fricano family.
We send our love, Charlotte & John

Tim and Michaelann Keefe
   Posted Wed February 18, 2015
Susie and family,
We were so sorry to hear about Tom's passing. Tom was one of the most important mentors that Tim had in the UAW and will forever be in his debt for the knowledge and experiences that Tom shared with Tim.

One of the greatest experiences of Tim's life was to be on the convention floor in 1996 in Chicago as Tom addressed the convention delegates as the congressional candidate from the 27th District in New York.

We will both miss him and want the family to know you are all in our thoughts and prayers

Kenneth and Nancy Wasmund
   Posted Wed February 18, 2015
Susie and Family,

We offer our deepest condolences to you and your family. May the peace of the Lord be with you, especially at this time of bereavement. Tom’s kind soul and giving spirit touched so many and will never be forgotten. May your heart and soul find peace and happiness.

Love always,
Ken, Nancy and Kevin Wasmund

Joe melchionna
   Posted Wed February 18, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Fricano's passing.Mr. Fricano was a great guy. He will truly be missed. Our deepest sympathies.

Joe Melchionna

Angelica Santomauro
   Posted Wed February 18, 2015
Dearest Susie,
As you already know, everyone at the American Labor Museum loved, admired and respected Tom. There is no one more special and caring than Tom. He was a loyal friend of the museum's and we will always remember him in our hearts. May you find comfort in the fond memories shared through your loving marriage. Always remember that both science and religion agree that a person's energy can never be destroyed. Embrace his energy. He is and always will be with you. God bless you and give you strength.
With love, Angelica Santomauro

Ron & Louise Continelli-Berke
   Posted Wed March 04, 2015
To Mrs. Fricano and her family,
My deepest sympathy on the passing of Tom. He did God's work in our community. I was fortunate enough to know Tom because I was a volunteer (I helped organize our plant.) I was also a volunteer in Tom's run for Congress, and
the Variety Club Telephone.

The work that Tom accomplished is a tribute to his memory.
Ron & Louise