Priest killed in Herkimer County floods remembered by many

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HOMER, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — It’s been nearly a week since parts of Central New York saw flash flooding, taking homes and tragically, the life of one man in Herkimer County. Father Thomas Connery, 82, was swept away by the water during the storm.

“My brother texted me and said, ‘Do you have a minute to talk’ and I’m thinking, ‘yeah of course.’ You know, I knew something might be up,” said Philip Connery, Father Connery’s nephew.

Father Tom, an otherwise healthy man according to his family, didn’t make it.

“His legacy is going to live on I’m sure and we’ll never forget him,” Connery said.

A true tragedy, Philip says. He’s one of Father Tom’s 13 nephews and nieces. He remembers moments where his uncle would say Mass to his whole family right in their home.

“He was a man of the church first, an awesome uncle next, and a great just person, friend, family member,” Connery said.

Since Father Tom died, Connery says he’s seen an overwhelming amount of support from those who knew and didn’t know his uncle. Coming from where he grew up near Albany all the way to Alaska.

“Many people from my hometown knew him and loved him and reached out to me. So it’s been a wonderful, incredible, outpouring of love that I needed of course with this circumstance…I think his legacy is going to speak for itself. He’s been blessed and we’ve all been blessed to be part of his family,” Connery said.

Father Tom’s funeral will be held Wednesday, the 6th, in Glenville, New York. Connery says he knows hundreds of people will be showing up to celebrate his uncle.

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