Tonawanda News


April 20, 2013

Thomas J. Cribbs, Sr.

BUFFALO — Thomas J. Cribbs, Sr., age 72, of North Tonawanda, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 in Gates Vascular Institute, following a brief illness.

Mr. Cribbs was born in North Tonawanda on May 9, 1940, son of the late Harry and Elizabeth Cribbs.

Mr. Cribbs served in the United States Army. Mr. Cribbs joined the North Tonawanda Fire       Department where he retired in 1990 as Assistant Fire Chief.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda. Mr. Cribbs hobbies included fishing, shooting, camping, hunting and reading.

Beloved husband of the late Judith Cribbs, who passed away April 12, 2013; devoted father of Thomas Cribbs, Jr. and Cynthia (Herbert) Crossley, both of North Tonawanda; loving grandfather of Matthew and Kaitlynn Cramer; brother of Nancy (late Robert) Wojewoda, Elizabeth LeBar, Vivian (late Dean) Lapp, late Harry Jr. (June) Cribbs, late Yvonne (late Melvin) Babcock and late Marion(Morris) Corraine; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call TUESDAY 5 to 9 PM at the WATTENGEL Funeral Home, 307 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, where services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 AM, the Rev. Karl Haeussler and Rev. Ernest Green III officiating. Interment will be in Acacia Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Gates Vascular Institute.

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