WEST CHAZY — Thomas Farbotko left this earth on Dec. 31, 2012. Born in Naliboki, Poland, Dec. 21, 1941.
He was a graduate of Beekmantown Central; SUNY Canton, and attended Heald Engineering College, San Francisco, Calif. studying electrical engineering before being drafted in 1965. Thomas served proudly in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He along with his two brothers and father were master masons running their family business, A. Farbokto and Sons.
Thomas lost his battle to cancer but his spirit lives on with his loving wife of 45 years, Sandra Jock Farbokto; his two daughters, Aleena Olarte and husband Hamilton of N.C., Marisha Cowles and husband Brian of Seattle, Wash.; as well as two beautiful granddaughters, Makayla and Daniella Olarte; his brothers, Stanley Farbotko and wife Lisa, and John Farbotko and wife Linda; and sisters, Anna Sherman and husband Roderick, and Wanda Esser and husband Paul, along with their families are left with his loving memory.
Pre-deceasing him were his parents Albert and Aleksandra Farbotko.
Thomas was born during WWII and his early impressionable years were filled with turmoil and horror, he along with his parents and brother survived the Naliboki massacre where they were among the few fortunate male survivors. They were forced to leave their beloved homeland during Nazi occupation only to enter Nazi Labor Camps for five years; fighting off other children for bread scraps tossed by German soldiers was an early childhood memory Thomas shared with his older brother. His parents, brother, and two sisters born in the camps finally immigrated to this country in August of 1949. As a seven year old, coming to this country speaking only Polish and German, he quickly learned a new language and culture as only young kids can do. Thomas loved this country but his heart and soul were Polish. He shared his traditions and Polish stories with his daughters, nephews, nieces, and family, making sure they too remembered their roots.