Thomas El-Hage, former Palermo resident

Thomas J. El-Hage, 80, of Baldwinsville, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

A native of Palermo, where he had resided most of his life, Mr. El-Hage moved to Baldwinsville in 2003. He had worked as a sales manager for Combined Life Insurance Company of New York, Mexico Academy Central School as the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for 32 years, NYS Conservation Department/DEC and was a self-employed landscaper/general contractor.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Baldwinsville and a former communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fulton.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Baldwinsville Council (4th degree); Fulton Art Association, Rockport, MA Art Association, Liverpool Art Guild and the Oswego Art Guild.

He was a co-founder and past president of the Oswego County Federal Credit Union and a member and past president of CSEA Local #838, Oswego.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Rosemary Dawley El-Hage, who died in 1996; a son, Eric; and grandson, Justin El-Hage, who died in 1995.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Gates El-Hage of Baldwinsville; his children, Craig El-Hage of Palermo and Shawna El-Hage of Lake Worth, Fla.; step-children, Ralph Gates of Baldwinsville and Cheryl Rinier of East Syracuse; two grandchildren, Eric Justin and Cassidy El-Hage; a sister, Naivie Moses of Baldwinsville; and several step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Contributions may be made to the Syracuse Right to Life Assn., P.O. Box 185, Dewitt, NY 13214 or the Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps., 11 Albert Palmer Lane, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

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