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Clancy, Thomas Richard

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January 16, 1951 - September 16, 2019

Clancy, Thomas Richard

Thomas R Clancy Jr., 68, died on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Dallas Texas from complications of diabetes. He is survived by his wife, Sandi; his son, Michael; and his daughters, Dana Clancy Mattay and Karen Clancy (Jason) Grimm. He was predeceased by his dad, Thomas R Clancy and his mom, Jane Carson Clancy; his sister, Margaret and his brother, Larry.  Also surviving are his brother, James and seven sisters, Patricia (Patrick) Butler, Mary (Neil) Davis, Barbara Clancy, Catherine (Larry) Wilson, Jane (Edward) Williams, Anita Clancy Sammons, and Carol Clancy; two grandchildren, Mason Mattay and Megan Mattay; as well as many aunts uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Tom was born in Syracuse in January 1951, lived with his parents and 10 siblings on Stolp Avenue, and attended Most Holy Rosary School until the family relocated to Dallas,Texas in 1966.  Tom graduated from Walter White High School in Dallas and from North Texas State University in Denton. He worked with his dad at the Salvage Center of Dallas which the family sold in 1984. Later Tom worked as a stockbroker and owned a restaurant with his brother.

The big challenge of Tom’s life was his diabetes which he fought tirelessly and courageously since he was 13 years old.  Tom lost both of his legs and some fingers to that disease, but he did not let it define his life.

Tom loved basketball. He played for Rosary High School. He was always smiling, joking, helping others and fixing things. Even after losing his legs he remained active: building sheds, repairing fences and coaching his son’s soccer team. He loved his family and life so much that he fought back time after time from infections, amputations, strokes, and diabetic keto acidosis.

A memorial mass will be said for Tommy on October 26 at 11:00 am at Most Holy Rosary church in Syracuse NY.  Please consider wearing green.  In Dallas, a “Celebration of Life” service will be held at Campisi’s at 4:00 pm on November 9, 2019.  Everyone who knew Tommy or his family is invited to come pray with us and celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association in his memory.

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Mike Nelson

September 29, 2019 11:17PM

Sorry to about the death of Tom. We were good friends in high school and I have a lot of great memories of him and his family.