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BLAINE, Thomas E. "Tom"
BLAINE - Thomas E. "Tom" Age 84, passed away May 24, 2016 at Suncoast Hospice Care Center in Pinellas Park, FL. Tom was born in Buffalo, NY to Margaret and F. Edward Blaine. He is predeceased by his parents; sister, Barbara Bronsing; wife, Nancy Blaine and daughter, Laura Swindell (Michael). He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Theresa; his sister, Carolyn Lamar (Charles); and his children, Sheryl Wright (Walter), Lisa Avery, Laura Smith (David), Hutch Hepinstall (Amy) and Brandon Hepinstall (Ashley); cousins, nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Michael Rhae, Steven, Maxwell, Spencer, Henry, Olivia, Tyler, Brody, Hailey and Aidan; great-grandchildren, Michael Rhae III, Amelia and Steven Jr. Tom graduated from Hamburg High School with a Regents Degree, went on to graduate from Cornell University with a Bachelor's of Science degree, and obtained his Master's degree from the Naval War College. He served 24 years in the U.S. Navy as a designated naval aviator. Among his tours of duty in the Navy were combat missions in Vietnam, Command of Patrol Squadron 26 and service in the White House as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Upon retirement from the Navy, Tom joined his father's real estate company; F.E. Blaine Realtors and obtained his Real Estate Broker and Appraiser's Licenses. In 1989 he was the President of the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors (GBBR) where he created the Buffalo Award, started the new Products Committee and was instrumental in the dedication of the GBBR office building. Tom was a Director of the New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR) for six years where he chaired various committees. He also served as the Secretary, Vice President, and President of the NYSAR Commercial Investment Division. He was an active member of the National Association of Realtors, a Court Qualified Appraiser, Past President of the Hamburg Rotary Club and the Retired Officers Association of Western New York. He loved sailing; he and his wife,
Theresa, sailed aboard Opportunity I
in the Atlantic Ocean, Great Lakes and Inner Coastal Water Way for 11 years. They also loved traveling and in addition to their travels in the US (Hawaii, Michigan, Maine, Florida) and Canada (Vancouver, Toronto, British Columbia); they made trips to Aruba, Germany and Spain. He worked hard, gave his best to friends and family and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held in the Hamburg area at a future date.