Thomas Robertson

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Thomas Edward Robertson Thomas Edward Robertson, died peacefully at home amidst family on July 16, 2010. He was born on October 22, 1933 in Johnson City, NY. He was the son of the late Florence E. Pennay and Robert Joseph Robertson. Tom is survived by his lifelong friend of 68 years and wife of 54 years, Jane Frederica Philley Robertson. He also is survived by his seven children, Rob (Kate), Bethie, Geri (Paul) Zoeller, Terri (Bill) Simonds, Amy, Melissa (Larry) Stevens and Tommy (Deb). Grandfather to Joshua, Nicole, Heather and Ryan Robertson, Creedence Guidice, John Schreiber, Shelley Zoeller, Carli Bruni, Kyle Bender, Alyvia and Joseph Simonds, Manny and Melisa Robertson, Jacob and Shealinn Stevens, and Jessica Robertson. Great-grandfather to Rebekah, Hayley, Scarlett, Killian and Treyton. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Fred (Ruth) and Jon (Ruth) Philley, and a niece and nephew. Coach Robertson is also survived by his family of wrestlers. Tom graduated from Windsor Central School in 1952. He lettered in football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and track. He graduated from Colgate University in 1956 where he was a brother in Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Tom began his teaching and coaching career in Deposit (1956-1959) before moving to Sidney. He taught social studies and coached the Sidney Warriors from 1959-1992. Tom was inducted into the National, the New York State, Section Four, and the Sidney Alumni Halls of Fame in recognition of his achievements in Wrestling. Tom was Senior Warden at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Sidney. Those who knew Coach Robertson experienced his sense of humor and uncanny ability to take over a room with a single word. Perhaps you were one of the lucky ones to whom Mr. Robertson assigned a nickname! He was witty and quick with one-liners. Tom embraced the underdog. Church, family, coaching, and teaching were his passions; fishing was his relaxation. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 River Street, Sidney on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Contributions of time through community outreach services are always welcome. Private internment will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Windsor, NY. Arrangements are by the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney. Condolences may be sent to the family online at
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