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Former PEF VP Thomas A. Comanzo, 1951-2021

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Former PEF Vice President Thomas A. Comanzo, 70, passed away unexpectedly on June 17, 2021.  Born in Niskayuna, N.Y., he was the son of Anthony and Clara Nasuti Comanzo.  A graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School in Schenectady, Tom went on to graduate from Siena College.

A New York State employee, Tom retired in 2016 after 41 years of service. Tom was very active in PEF, serving as vice president from August 1, 2009 to July 31, 2012 and Region 8 Coordinator from 2006-2009.

“Tom’s passion was evident to everyone who worked with him,” said PEF President Wayne Spence.  “He was the epitome of a union man, always fighting to make working conditions better for his colleagues.  We mourn his passing and send our best wishes to his family during this difficult time.”

Following his retirement Tom remained active in the Region 8 political action committee.  A communicant of the former Our Lady of Angels Church, Tom was the former president of the parish council and a lector and eucharistic minister, and involved in the Blessed Sacrament Church food pantry.  He was also a great lover and patron of the arts.

He is survived by his cherished wife of 46 years, Susan Sugrue Comanzo, his beloved daughter, Johanna (Fred) Cole, his sister-in-law, Rosemary Clenahan, and his nephew, Bryan (Griffan Randall) Clenahan.  Tom is also survived by many friends whom he considered family.

Along with his parents he was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Comanzo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s memory to Proctors Collaborative, 432 State St., Schenectady, N.Y. 12305.