August 11, 1948 to November 21, 2014
TURIN- Thomas Lyle Wiedrick, 66, of East Road, husband of Cynthia, passed away at his residence on Friday, November 21, 2014, while under the loving care of his wife and Lewis County Hospice.
Tom was born in Lowville, on August 11, 1948, a son of Lyle C. and Lucy Jones Wiedrick. He grew up on West Main St. in Turin and was a life resident of the Turin area, graduating from South Lewis Senior High School, with the Class of 1968. On July 24, 1971, Tom was united in marriage with Cynthia Chizick, of Port Leyden, at St. Martin's Church, Port Leyden. After he graduated from high school, Tom was employed at Snow Ridge Ski Corp. in the Ski Patrol.
He was drafted into the Army on March 24, 1969 and departed for Vietnam on August 11, 1969, his 21st birthday. On December 8, 1969, while on patrol he sustained injuries that resulted in the amputation of both legs and the loss of sight in one eye. Among other medals he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for heroic achievement. Because of his drive and perseverance his injuries were not apparent to most people. He was a silent hero.
He spent 11 months in Valley Forge General Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Following his release from the hospital he attended Morrisville ATC.
Tom worked for a time at Snow Ridge Ski Corp. for the Boots and Boards ski shop and helping local farmers with their crops. In 1984, Mr. Wiedrick became the Town of Turin Superintendent of Highways, retiring after 20 years in 2004.
He coached the Turin Little League team for several years and was the Turin Volunteer Fire Chief. Tom enjoyed spending time at hunting camp, watching the Red Sox win, and following NASCAR.
Tom is survived by his spouse of 43 years, Cynthia; a daughter and son in law, Erica W. Myers and Michael Myers and their family, Meghan and Allison Myers, granddaughters, all of Ballston Spa, NY; a son and daughter in law, Bruce L. Wiedrick, and Denise Shannon Wiedrick and their family, Alexander Wiedrick, grandson and Casey Wiedrick, granddaughter, all of Bradford, VT; two brothers, Norman (Kathy) Wiedrick, Pueblo, CO, and David (Chuck) (Patricia) Wiedrick, Turin; three sisters, Rosalind Drager, Columbia, MO, Nancy (Ted) Simonds, Turin, and Jan (Duane) Bush, Wrightstown, WI; a brother in law, James (Joyce) Chizick, Lyndonville, NY, three sisters-in-law, Helen McHale, Port Leyden, Barbara (Paul) Mirabito, Norwell, MA, and Christine (Gary) Vollmar, Canandaigua, NY, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
His Services will be Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, with interment in the Spring at the convenience of the family in Turin Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Inc. P.O. Box 266 Lowville, NY 13367.
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