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Richard D. Tomes

December 3, 1945 ~ November 8, 2017 (age 71)

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Richard D. Tomes    "Dick"

Palmyra:  Passed away on Wednesday evening, November 8, 2017, at the age of 71.  Dick was born on December 3, 1945 to the late Letta and Albert Tomes.  He was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas and Charles Tomes; and nephew Jim Johnson.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Roberta "Bertie" Tomes; sister Linda (Larry) DeClerck, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Dick worked for many years as a machinist with Gleason works before he needed to step back for health reasons.  He then began a second career, closer to home, working with the Breen family of grocery stores.  He enjoyed staying busy and visiting with people.  Dick had a number of interests that included woodworking, music, guns and artwork.  He was an artist and engaged the techniques of wood burning to enhance the beauty of his work.  He liked country music and enjoyed playing keyboard and guitar.  Dick also had a fondness for tractors and guns. He and Bertie were best of friends and enjoyed spending time together.  Together, they enjoyed their nieces and nephews.  Dick will be missed but fondly remembered by all those who are better because of his presence in their lives.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a time of visitation on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 2-5 PM at the Murphy Funeral & Cremation Chapel, 123 East Jackson Street, Palmyra, NY 14502.  A service to celebrate his life will be offered on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10 AM at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Macedon Village Cemetery.  Expressions of sympathy to honor Dick may be directed to Juvenile Diabetes.  To leave a condolence, light a candle, or upload a photo please visit

Charitable donations may be made to:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund JDRF
1200 Scottsville Road, Rochester NY 14624
Tel: 1-585-546-1390

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