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Flavia Sorbo

January 1, 1926 ~ January 22, 2021

Services will be held: Private

Faye Buffaloe Warren

December 25, 1940 ~ January 22, 2021

Services will be held: January 26, 2021

Wesley Max Denning, Jr.

June 14, 1951 ~ January 20, 2021

Services will be held: January 24, 2021

Harold Dean Linkous

July 23, 1939 ~ Jan. 20, 2021

Services will be held: January 24, 2021

Mary Dillon

February 19, 1933 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held: January 22, 2021

Rose Purta

January 30, 1933 ~ January 18, 2021

Services will be held: January 23, 2021

Jean Hathaway Hinton

Aug. 10, 1932 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held: January 22, 2021

Claire F. Small

June 26, 1937 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held:

Thomas Joseph Giroux

August 8, 1936 ~ January 10, 2021

CLAYTON – Thomas Joseph Giroux, 84, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021. He was born August 8, 1936 in Plattsburgh, NY, to George Giroux and Marie Rabideau Giroux of Peru, NY.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Charlotte Mary Giroux, nee Ahern, 3 daughters, Monica (Lawrence) Avery, Michelle (David) Chianucci, Mary Kaye Giroux (Robert Kendi); 2 sons, Thomas J. (Lisa) Giroux, Jr.; Timothy (Eileen) Giroux; and 12 grandchildren, Richard, Michael Avery; Amy (Colby) Fisher; Daniel Chianucci; Robert Jr., Angelina Kendi; T. Joseph III, Noah Giroux; Emily, Ethan, Laura, Lilly Giroux. He is also survived by 5 sisters, Helen (Kent) Millspaugh, Dianne Davis, Gloria Douglass, Jocelyn (Randy) Corkum, Theresa (Terry) Daly; 5 brothers, George (Mary Ellen) Giroux, John (Susan) Giroux, Paul (Jean) Giroux, William (Diane) Giroux, and Gary (Paula) Giroux; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Patricia (Walt) Rivers and Mary (James) Dubuque.

Tom developed his love of sports while attending Peru Central High School from 1951-1954. He was a four-year letterman in soccer, basketball, baseball, and track. He continued playing soccer and basketball at SUNY Plattsburgh and earned his B.S. in Education in 1958. He was a member of the 1956 undefeated basketball team. He earned his M.S. at Syracuse University in 1964. He also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration and Supervision from SUNY New Paltz in 1986. Tom shared his competitive spirit and emphasis on academics with his family and was proud of their individual accomplishments.

He enjoyed his 28 years of teaching mathematics at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, NY, serving as math Department Chair for 20 of those years. He also had fond memories of his summers spent as a boatman and guide at AuSable Chasm while providing his children the awesome opportunity to enjoy the Adirondack Mountains and the North Country. His dedication to education as well as his persistence to keep a poker in every fire led him to expand his teaching influence beyond the high school classroom as he found himself tutoring students in the summers as well as teaching mathematics as an Adjunct Professor at Dutchess Community College (Poughkeepsie, NY). In retirement, his desire to serve led beyond the classroom, touching the lives around him through his Lions Club, lectern at his Church, hospital volunteering, vocational school mentoring, as well as several community events along the way. He was skilled in inspiring the potential of those around him.

In his three decades of retirement, he enjoyed traveling and the company of his friends and family. His travels often centered on his twelve grandchildren, watching them thrive on the field, hockey rink, and music hall, with the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, as well as academic achievement in the classroom. Walt Disney World Family Gatherings were one of his most precious memories. His engaging sense of humor, dedication to loved ones, and fun-loving personality will be greatly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday January 22, 2021 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church 4057 US-70 BUS, Clayton, NC 27520 at 10:00 am, with a parking lot visitation and Church Hall Fellowship immediately following. Plans are to live stream the St. Anne’s ceremony and hold a Celebration of Life at his final resting place in Peru, NY when conditions permit. Funeral arrangements are through Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 1200 Benson Road Garner, NC 27529. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association of America.


After the memorial mass.

St. Ann Catholic Church
4057 US 70 Business W. Clayton, NC 27520


January 22, 2021

10:00 AM

St. Ann Catholic Church
4057 US 70 Business W. Clayton, NC 27520


  1. Louise Lupo

    Dear Charlotte,

    My most sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband Thomas. May he be in the arms of Jesus. My love to you and yours.

    Bless you,

  2. Marilyn Trudeau- Miller

    With a sad heart I read this. He was a great friend, co-worker, Supervisor , advisor, and did I mention, a great friend. My love and prayers to Charlotte , his children, and the grandchildren. His family meant the world to him.

  3. Eamon Coughlin

    For all of us who over many years were lucky to know Tom, his passing is very sad. We were faculty colleagues and, more importantly, friends for many years at Hendrick Hudson High School. I will always remember his professionalism, kindness, energy, and, most of all, his laughter. He was a true gift to all of us who worked with and knew him.
    At this difficult time I send special love to another colleague, Charlotte, and to all the extended Giroux family. May you all keep deep in your hearts the memories, the stories, and above all the love that he shared with you and all of the rest of us blessed enough to know him.

  4. Kay Barber

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Barber and Maloney Families

  5. Dave Dubuque

    Charlotte, Monica, Michelle, Mary Kaye, Tom and Tim, I’m so sorry for your loss. Uncle Tom was a hoot, and from what I’ve been told one of my dads closest friends back in school. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you… God Bless

    Dave & Aurora Dubuque

  6. Barbara Bee

    So sorry for your loss. May the many memories you share bring you comfort and peace.

  7. Ken Wall

    Tom and Lisa
    Thinking of you and your family and sending prayers to all of you

    Ken Wall

  8. Sonya Chu

    Thinking of you all and sending my love and prayers to Charlotte at this time.

  9. Steve Giroux

    Sorry to hear about Uncle Tom. Great memories of him growing up. My oft repeated Uncle Tom Joke- “what did the mathematical acorn say when it grew up?” ………GeeOmatree!

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