Thomas R. Eason

Thomas Eason

Thomas R. “Tom” Eason – 66 – of Montour Falls, formally of Greenwood, NY died Tuesday (November 16, 2021) at home in the arms of his beloved daughter.   A 46 year battle with diabetes, dialysis and dementia finally became too much for him.

Born in Long Branch, NJ on March 18, 1955, he was the son of Raymond Mardo and the former Marilyn Birchard.  He was the step-son of Roy “Blackie” McDaniel.

Tom grew up in the Jasper – Canisteo area and attended Canisteo High School.  He was a veteran of the US Army, serving his country from 1973-1974 (Vietnam era).

Thomas EasonAn avid motorcycle enthusiast, Tom enjoyed both riding and building motorcycles — especially Harley-Davidsons and Triumphs.  He was a proud member of the Vietnam Vets / Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club holding the title of Chapter Treasurer for many years.  Tom was an avid hunter (both small game and big game) and gun collector. He especially enjoyed collecting and shooting Black Powder Firearms used during the Mountain Man era following the Civil War.  He not only collected antique firearms, he re-loaded all of his ammunition.  He was proud of the fact that he hadn’t purchased any ammo in many years.  He simply re-loaded his own ammo.

Tom was an accomplished photographer who thoroughly enjoyed taking “nature photos” of animals and other outdoor photos using his 35 mm camera.  He loved music and throughout the years enjoyed playing guitar and, in his younger years, played in several local bands.  He also enjoyed collecting vintage guitars.

He was married on July 22, 1991 to the former Carolyn Stevens who died December 11, 1999.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; along with 4 step-brothers, Danny, Lyle, Dick & Larry McDaniel.

Surviving are his son, Casey Eason of Oaks Bluff, MA; his daughter, Chelsea Eason of Montour Falls, NY; his sister, Ruth (Mike) Harrington of Elizabethtown, NC; half-brother, Everett (Kathy) McDaniel of Utica, NY; 4 step-brothers and 2 step sisters; 3 grandchildren, Jacqueline, Thomas & Lilly Mace; several nieces, nephews & cousins

At Tom’s request there will be no calling hours.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY

7 Responses to “Thomas R. Eason”

  1. Dudley Jenkins says:

    I knew Tom from BOCES/ Autobody, we had a lot of fun & He was a great guy & a good painter, God Love Ya Man

  2. Chelsea says:

    I love you Dad!! 😭😭😭💔💔💔💔 But you are no longer suffering! For those that I likely won’t see in a year, please! Leave me a message to write in my memory book. I want to laugh, cry, think “yup that sounds like dad!” Dumb shit he/you guys did together, good times. A message to me. Rebel stuff from ages ago. Horse riding days, motorcycle days! Let me hear it! Post here, send me an email. Pictures, I’d love pictures. I can never have enough!!!

  3. Chelsea Eason says: Send me pictures of anyone wants to share.

  4. Chelsea Eason says:

    Incase previous comment does not go threw since this is my 3rd try tying a message…

  5. Chelsea Eason says:

    I love you Dad! I was blessed with 22 years and 123 days with you! We had our ups and downs over the years but our bond got stronger as the years went on. So many great times together, so many hard times but we always made it through. You were extremely stubborn, it was your way or the highway. Wait never mind if you were not personally doing it, it was still the wrong way. It may have taken me 21 years to say it but once I finally did it felt amazing. “Dad” I said it! I went 16 years with never having someone to call Dad so it was weird to suddenly call you Dad and I struggled throughout the years cuz it was just awkward but I finally pushed through my fears and I said it. I finally called you “Dad!”. Not “Dude”, or “hey”. I never felt more proud! I will miss you so much but I know you are free of pain. No more dialysis, no more diabetic struggles, no more being so cold all the time, no more Dementia. You have a clear mind now. Remember what I said. Give Grandma a big hug and kiss for me, tell her I love her and miss her so much. Make sure you smoke that joint with Grammy and give her a big hug and kiss for me. I will see you again someday but until then please send me signs that you’re still with me. I love you dad. I will miss you forever.

  6. Keith Weitzel says:

    I always enjoyed talking to Tom about Motorcycles Guns and Ammo. Usually seeing him at Gun shows or when I stopped by his place in Greenwood! He had a way about him and was a true straight shooter in his beliefs and targets.He was married to our neighbor and family friend Carolyn Stevens. He will be missed!!! I am truly sorry for your loss!

  7. Sandi Rugur Beam says:

    Im so sorry to hear about your dad. I knew him for a long time but lost touch when I moved away. I liked hanging out with your dad back in the 80s and early 90s.
    Condolences to you and your family