Thomas John Donnelly
(Julty 24, 1849 - March 14, 1928)
March 15, 1928
Thomas J. Donnelly, veteran railroad conductor, died shortly after midnight last night at his home in
Stocking St., following an illness that had confined him to his bed for less than a week. Mr. Donnelly
had been in failing health for several years and had taken several periods of rest from his work but had
retained his position as a conductor on the Lehigh Valley.
He was born in Newark, N. J., 79 years ago, the son of Michael and Norah Donnelly. During his early
manhood he was employed on the New York Central Lines but had been employed by the Lehigh Valley for
nearly 40 years. He was married 42 years ago in Cazenovia to Miss Norah Heffernan of that village, who
survives him. The family moved to this village about 30 years ago from Elmira and had been active in the
social and church life of the village. Mr. Donnelly was a communicant of St. Agatha's Church and had
filled various church offices.
Besides his wife he is survived by five children, Mrs. Sherman Deitz, Rochester; Mrs. Edward Barrett,
Syracuse; John D., Syracuse; Thomas J. Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. William Heintz, of this village; and
The funeral will be held Saturday at 9:30 at St. Agatha's Church with solemn high mass. Rev. C. D.
Shaughnessy, of this parish, and several other priests will participate. Burial will be in the family
plot [at St. James Catholic Cemetery] at Cazenovia.
[Nite: Thomas John Donnelly was born July 24, 1849 in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Michael Donnelly
and Honora ("Norah") Winn Donnelly, and died March 14, 1928 in Canastota, Madison County, New York. The
above is from his obituary in the March 15, 1928 Syracuse newspaper.]
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2002
Madison Co. Families