Thomas J. Dodds

August 21, 1943April 20, 2019

A Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas J. Dodds, 75, of Potsdam, NY, will be held Tuesday, April 23 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam with Rev. Stephen Rocker officiating. Burial will be later in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Potsdam.

Calling hours will be held Monday, April 22 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Garner Funeral Service in Potsdam. Thomas passed peacefully at Canton Potsdam Hospital with family at his side, on April 20, 2019.

Tom was born on August 21, 1943 to Winford and Dorothy (Gagnon) Dodds of Potsdam, NY. He graduated from Potsdam Senior High School in 1961, and enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1962-1966. While in the Air Force he served as a member of the ICBM Missile launch crew. Tom married Mary Lynn (Johnston) Dodds on October 12, 1963. They returned to the North Country in 1966, and he completed a two-year degree at SUNY Canton in 1968. Tom retired from the Village of Potsdam as the Community Development Director in 2005. He found this work, helping families receive funding to rehab their homes, very rewarding. Tom and Mary were very active volunteers, and leaders, of Sinclair Corners 4-H Club and the PCS afs club for eleven years, while their children attended Potsdam schools, and after they had graduated. Tom was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Council #340 and a 12 year member of the local Elks’ Lodge.

Tom was predeceased by both of his parents, his brothers, Donald William and Robert Paul, and his oldest sister, Barbara Jean Dodds.

He is survived by wife of 56 years, Mary L., their two daughters, Laura (Dodds) Pfeiffer of Grafton, NY and Susan Dodds of Parishville, NY, two sisters, Patricia (Dodds) and Rock Murdough of Charlottesville, VA and Janice (Dodds) and Dan Lalonde of Rochester, NY, two granddaughters, Nicole Dodds and Michelle Pfeiffer, one grandson, Daniel Dodds-Walters, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Tom always enjoyed maintaining his family home and working outdoors. After retirement, he and Mary enjoyed many cross-country motorcycle adventures, wintering in Florida and casino-hopping. He looked forward to regular luncheons with his Class of 1961 buddies.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom’s name to the charity of your choice. Condolences and fond memories can be shared online at


  • Calling Hours Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 23, 2019


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Anne Fiesinger

April 26, 2019

I was so sorry to learn of Tom's passing, and my deepest sympathathies are with you, Mary, and all the Dodds family, as you grieve your painful loss. The many hours I spent with your family in your home on Hamilton Street are the source of many happy memories for me, and Tom - with his smile and good-natured, playful humor - figures in many of them. As time passes, I hope you will find comfort knowing Tom truly lived a good life and is at peace... With much affection, Anne

Susan and Don Mesibov

April 22, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of Tom‘s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of him throughout the years. We are out of town but will be in touch as soon as we get home. Much love to all.
Susan and Don

sue maroney

April 22, 2019

my heart aches for those who loved Mr. D. i'm so grateful to have spent some time with him these past few weeks. sincerest condolences from Sue-the NA

Earline LaFleur

April 20, 2019

Dear Mary and Family,

I was so sorry to read the passing of Tom! I’ve always cherished both Mary and Tom. So many times I’ve thought of the both and prayed for them. Mary I am here should you need anything and I’m grateful you have your daughters. Fly high Tom and thank you for being such s dear person to me.
Earline LaFleur

Robert Grant

April 20, 2019

Sympathy and condolences to Tom's family. I,too, am a member of PCS '61 and remember Tom fondly from HS days. Bob Grant, San Diego.

Karen Easter

April 20, 2019

I knew Tom when he worked for the Village of Potsdam, and served on a committee with him at some point. I liked him! He was always friendly and kind to me. Last year I saw him occasionally at the physical therapist's office, and he told me that he'd been quite ill and was working hard to get stronger. I am so sorry to learn that he has passed away. Karen Easter, Potsdam

Debbie Thivierge McFadden

April 20, 2019

Steve and I send our deepest condolences to the family. Hoping that fond memories will bring peace.