Thomas J. “Bear” Bugow, 68

Thomas J. “Bear” Bugow
Thomas J. “Bear” Bugow

Thomas J. “Bear” Bugow, 68 of Fulton, died Tuesday at home after a long battle with cancer.

He was a 1960 graduate of Fulton High School and had attended Ottawa University in Kansas and Ithaca College in Ithaca.

Tom had worked at Rock-Tenn in Solvay for eight years, International Paper in Oswego for 37 years and in security at Oswego Speedway for 18 years. He was a member of I.B.E.W. Local #43.

Tom was a lay minister, board member and usher at the Church of the Nazarene in Fulton. He loved the Lord and was always available to listen to his fellow worshipers, co-workers, family and friends.

Tom enjoyed NASCAR, pro football, college basketball, reading and was a longtime season ticket holder for SU basketball and football.

Tom was predeceased by a son, Thomas J. Bugow Jr, mother, Hazel Rusaw Bugow, father, John “Bud” Bugow, and sister, Ginny Fancette.

Surviving are his wife of 13 years, Honey Churchill Parkhurst-Bugow; daughters, Missy (John) Vickery of Scriba, Christine (Rob) Rolfe, Susan (Louis) Palmer and Judy Pelo all of Oswego; sons, John Bugow and Daniel Bugow both of Oswego and Michael (Laurie) Parkhurst of Augusta, GA; grandchildren, Danielle Vickery, Nikki Vickery, Taylor Vickery, Eric Pelo, Mitchell Pelo, Mackenzie Palmer, Madison Palmer, Johnny Bugow, Tommy Rolfe, Ian Daniel Rolfe, Ahnna Parkhurst and Sophia Parkhurst; two special brothers-in-law, John Churchill of Fulton and Dick Churchill of SC; a very special mother-in-law, Dorothy Churchill of Fulton; godson, Mitch Motyka; Denise Shatrau, Mary Rain and Cindy Ho who were like daughters to him and his beloved companions, Taz, Gigi and Little Bear.

Services will be held 11 A.M. Saturday at the Church of the Nazarene, 910 Utica Street, Fulton with spring burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton. Calling hours are 4 to 7 P.M. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Nazarene or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, Inc., PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.

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  1. We are saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. Tom worked with my father, Phil, for many years, and there was a mutual respect between them. Tom was a nice man. Our sympathies to Dan and the rest of the family.
    Phyllis and Gary

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