Thomas C. 'The Duke' Slattery, 61, of Country Lane, Ulster Park, a lifelong resident of Esopus, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 20th, 2019 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
He was born in Kingston, NY on December 26th, 1957, a son of the late Henry and Louise (VanGaasbeck) Slattery.
A graduate of Kingston High School class of 1976, Tom grew up and lived in Connelly for over 40 years and then moved to Ulster Park.
In his younger years Tom was very active and talented in sports. He played Babe Ruth and high school baseball and later on played hockey at both Hurley and Poughkeepsie Rec. Centers. He also played and sponsored local sports, including the Town of Esopus Sunday Morning Softball League, Kingston Softball, Bowling and Volleyball.
Tom formerly served as commissioner for the South Rondout Fire District, and Assistant Chief and volunteer firefighter for Hasbrouck Engine Co #1 in Connelly. He also served on the Town of Esopus Water Dept board.
Tom started his work career doing odd jobs as a kid and then onto Colonial Roofing and Micronetics, until starting his own company, Omura & Slattery Contracting, Inc. in 1980, which was very successful for many years. Tom dedicated his life to working 24/7 whenever he could. He also ventured owning and operating a sand pit/quarry, known as 'Duke's Pit', named after his all American Hero "John Wayne".
His most prized and loved possessions were his cars, known as: The Kingston Car Collection, in which he owned over 23 different muscle cars (superbirds, Vipers, Cuda's, gassers and too many others to name).
Tom was known to have THE BEST CAR SHOW ever in the Hudson Valley. Car enthusiasts would come from all over to experience the Friday Night Sunset Cruise and enjoy the 50/60's music era, which was known for 'the girls' giving out free coffee and popcorn. Tom was also known for honoring our veterans every year by giving a special 'thank you' event for he truly appreciated their service so that we could have our freedom.
Tom is survived by the love of his life of over 43 years, Susan (Bechtold) Slattery, one sister, Irene (Rob) Pererra of Kingston, and one brother, Henry "Butch" (Brenda) Slattery Jr. of Kingston. An uncle and several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
He is predeceased by one sister, Patricia Singh.
The Slattery family will receive friends at The Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 at the funeral home, Pastor Michael Hanley will officiate. Burial in the family plot will follow at Wiltwyck Cemetery, Kingston.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Tom's memory to: Joyce-Schirick VFW Post 1386, PO Box 1711, Kingston, NY 12401