Thomas J. Halpin, 87

OSWEGO, NY – Thomas J. Halpin, 87, of Oswego passed away Friday afternoon July 15, 2016, at St. Luke Health Services, Inc.

Thomas J. Halpin
Thomas J. Halpin

He was born in Oswego and was the son of the late Robert D. and Irene Gilbert Halpin.

Mr. Halpin served in the US Army in Korea.

His last assignment was at White Sands missile proving grounds in New Mexico.

He was a graduate of St. John’s School and Oswego High School.

Mr. Halpin had been employed as a draftsman at Fitzgibbons Boiler, Cyclotherm and retired from Oswego County.

He had served as an alderman for 26 years in Oswego and as president of the Common Council for more than eight years.

Mr. Halpin was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #227 and the 4th degree Assembly, American Legion, Elks lodge #271 of Oswego and the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Oswego.

Tom was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.

He enjoyed gardening, rollerblading and ice skating, antiques and woodwork and caring for his many cats.

He especially enjoyed the quiet beauty of Oswego sunsets.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Irene Smith, of Oswego; and several nieces and nephews, Peter (Mary) Smith, Thomas Gregory (Jody) Smith, Dr. Joseph M. Smith, Linda (Daniel) Halpin Walker and Pam (Daniel) Halpin O’Neill.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert G. Halpin; two nieces, Margaret (Megs) Smith and Susan Halpin.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY, 13204 or Oswego County Humane Society, 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY. 13126


  1. Sorry to hear of Mr. Halpin’s passing. He grew up in “The Flats” with my dad, a mans man, straight shooter and a civil servant we won’t see the likes of again. RIP to an icon of the 5th Ward.

    William Cahill III

  2. I had the pleasure of working with Tom for many years. During that time his main interest was to help his City move forward.

  3. I knew you, Tom, from the Second Floor of the County Building. You had a great smile. I’ll always remember the tales that helped make the afternoon breaks pass so quickly! God bless you, and Rest in Peace. You left quite the legacy in Oswego politics, and you will not be quickly forgotten! Now you are part of Oswego’s history.

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