HUDSON FALLS – Thomas “TR” Remsen, 31, of Spruce Street, passed away, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Glens Falls Hospital.
Born on July 27, 1984, in Glens Falls, he was the son of Thomas and Mary (Maille) Remsen.
TR was a 2003 graduate of Hudson Falls High School, where he played sports. He was also on a traveling bowling team, a sport he loved and was very talented in. Following high school, he attended Adirondack Community College, graduating in 2005 with his degree in telecommunications. Following ACC, he furthered his education at SUNY I.T. in Utica and graduated from there with his Bachelor degree in Telecommunications and Media Arts.
While attending school, he worked summers at Lake George Steamboat Company. After graduation, TR fulfilled a lifelong dream and love of the railroad, by being a conductor with the Upper Hudson River Railroad. He was especially proud of conducting on the Polar Express and piloting Thomas the Tank Engine. His last job was working at Subway until 2015.
TR was a communicant of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church, where he served as an altar server and for 20 years, a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 574.
TR was a unique person with many, many talents and interests. His music was his life. TR could play and owned multiple instruments, he had 36 harmonicas, a keyboard, violin, guitar and bass, drums, shakers, tambourines and bongo drums. TR also wrote music and loved performing for his fans. He enjoyed playing at the Hudson River Music Hall, Rock Hill Bake House and many open mikes at various venues throughout this area and in Pennsylvania.
He also had a knack for computers, where he got his degree. TR had no problem finding his way around a keyboard or programing a computer.
TR was also a people person, who was interested in everyone’s story. He was a kind, warm and thoughtful person, who was always looking out for his family and friends. He was big brother to his sister and his friends. One of TR’s missions in life was looking out for the underdog. Even while fighting cancer, he fought as hard as he could, not just for himself, but for his family that he loved.
TR was known for his wonderful sense of humor and even being as sick as he was, he was always there with his jokes and a wonderful smile. When signing his DNR, he commented that he didn’t want to be a vegetable, but if he was, he would want to be broccoli.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Thomas and Carol Maille and Thomas and Elizabeth Remsen.
TR is survived by his loving parents, Thomas and Mary Remsen of Hudson Falls ; his sister, Kimberly Remsen of Hudson Falls; his aunts and uncles, Deborah Rourke and her husband, William of Hudson Falls, Paul Maille of Shushan, Thomas Maille and his wife, Rita of Omaha, NE and Nancy Powhida of Queensbury; and several cousins.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Thursday, at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church on the park in Hudson Falls.
The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in the town of Kingsbury.
The family would like to thank the Glens Falls Hospital Tower 2, CR Wood Cancer Center, the Renal Center on Broadway, Dr. Gillani, Dr. Yun, Dr. Mihindu and all his friends, for the loving care and compassion given to TR and his family during his illness.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Hudson River Music Hall, 10 Maple St, Hudson Falls, NY 12839, St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church Restoration Fund, 11 Wall Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or the Hudson Falls American Legion Post 574, 72 Pearl Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.