Thomas Farmer

Thomas G. Farmer

Friday, February 24th, 1950 - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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Thomas G. Farmer, 69, of Syracuse passed away Wednesday morning, January 1, 2020.

Born in Clinton on February 24, 1950 he was the son of the late Leslie Farmer and Elizabeth Knap. He was a graduate of Watertown High School, Class of 1968 and Monmouth College, Class of 1972.

Thomas worked for Dixon Fisheries' in Peoria, IL for 10 years, then moved to Syracuse, where he and his wife Margaret opened Fins and Tails Seafood for over 32 years.

Thomas was an avid lead guitar player; he played in many bands and in college opened for REO Speed Wagon. He will be remembered for his musical talents. He also was in many wine clubs and was a wine connoisseur.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Margaret Frances Ringler Farmer; sister Lucinda Knap Hart of Chippewa Bay; niece, Elizabeth deVillers Moeller; and nephew, Christopher Knap Hart.

Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the SPCA.
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Posted at 05:18pm
The first Lent without Fish and Tails is truly penitential. A huge hole that no other store has filled. Tom (and everyone at Fins and Tails) is missed. Peace to your family and all those affected by this loss.

Darvin Varon

Posted at 03:26pm
Tom was a real Renaissance man. Great sense of humor. Still miss the emails. Thoughts are with you Margie.


Eric Schiff

Posted at 11:51am
Dear Margaret -
Nancy & I always looked forward to visiting Tom & you at Fins & Tails - not to mention that your shop was a unique source for fish & advice about cooking, wine, & life. Also for some years a great place of summer employment for our son Nathan. We miss Tom and sympathize with your loss. We hope that the fond memories of your Fins & Tail friends is a condolence.
Eric Schiff & Nancy Mudrick

Nathan Schiff

Posted at 11:57pm
Dear Margaret,

You and Tom gave me my first job twenty four years ago and I learned a great deal from both of you. Tom was always up for conversation on a really wide range of subjects, and chatting with him while I worked made it easy to wash a sink full of dishes or peel ten pounds of shrimp. Since I left Syracuse it had always been a pleasure to go back to the store and talk with the two of you about local developments and what all the old employees were up to. I will truly miss him and will be thinking of you.

Nathan Schiff

Scott Rabinowitz

Posted at 10:00pm
RIP Tom. You were a man of great integrity, passion and kindness. Glad I got to know you (even if just a little bit) as a regular for many many years. God bless to Margaret and your family. You will be missed

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