Croghan, NY - Thomas E. Duflo, 83, of 8749 Soft Maple Rd., Croghan, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 25, 2013, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice of Lewis County.
Born Thomas Everett Duflo on February 24, 1930 in Croghan, NY, a son of Thomas and Petronella Ostrowski Duflo, he graduated from Fr. Leo Memorial School in Croghan in 1948.
He married Nancy J. Beck on October 14, 1950 at St. Martin’s Church in Port Leyden, NY. Mrs. Duflo died January 20, 1992.
In his younger years, Mr. Duflo served in the Air National Guard as a meteorologist for six years. He later owned and operated a farm machinery business with his brother, Francis. In 1955, he built and developed Duflo Airport in New Bremen, and shortly after, developed Duflo Spray Chemical and became an aerial applicator, spraying crops for farmers, sugar bushes, black flies, and mosquitoes locally, and in the Adirondack Mountains.
He was hired by the World Health Organization to work in Ghana, Africa and the Dominican Republic to spray for disease-carrying mosquitoes which were causing sickness and blindness to the natives in Ghana. He taught the native pilots to spray during the months he was in Africa.
Professionally, Tom was a pioneer and inventor of many aerial spray application methods, including engineered aerial spray systems, equipping numerous single engine planes, and Duflo Aero Spray Systems used in twin engine application.
He was an accomplished and well-respected pilot with an impeccable safety record. The FAA appointed him to be an examiner for many years, providing student pilots with their pilot’s license. He retired from Duflo Spray Chemical as a spray pilot in 1994.
In 1986, he started Prime TV Systems, which introduced satellite dishes to the north country. He and his wife Nancy started Air Age Travel along with Prime TV in West Carthage, NY. From 1965 through 1980, he managed several snowmobile racing teams and proudly produced several world champions, including his daughter Marcia, and son Jeffrey in 1975 at Weedsport, NY.
He married Betty L. Brouty on July 15, 1994 at St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan, with the Rev. Leo Wiley, officiating.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marcia and Dr. Paul Vanier, Carthage, and Denise and Dennis Goldmann, Cazenovia, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Renee Duflo, New Bremen; seven grandchildren, Jon-Paul (Melissa) Vanier, N. Bangor, NY, Justin (Leslie) Vanier, Broken Arrow, OK, Jason (Whitney) Vanier, Gilford, NH, Dr. Kara Goldmann, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, Eric Goldmann, Cazenovia, Brittney Duflo, New Bremen, and Garret Duflo, St. Louis, MO; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Scarlett Vanier, Broken Arrow, OK; a brother, James Duflo, Lowville, NY; a sister, Isabel Bush, Soft Maple, NY, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Francis and Marion Duflo; a sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Clark Johndrow; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Duflo; and a brother-in-law, James Bush.
Thomas enjoyed flying, hunting, snowmobiling, traveling, NASCAR, making engines run faster, and time on the lake with family and friends.
He was a communicant of St. Peter’s Church (now St. Peter’s Oratory) in New Bremen, and St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan, and was a member of Kelly Hill and Beaver Meadow Hunting Clubs and Lowville, NY BPO Elk’s Lodge #1605.
Tom’s funeral will be on Saturday, November 30, 2013, beginning with a 9:45 a.m. Prayer Service at Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Croghan, with the Rev. Daniel L. Chapin, Pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling hours for family and friends will be on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367, or to the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department, Croghan, NY 13327.
To view Tom’s online obituary or leave a message of sympathy, please visit www.scanlonfuneral.com.
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