Thomas W. Shapton Sr.;
Passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at Meadows of Dorchester on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 86 years of age. Loving husband of 56 years to the late Leona Shapton(Nee Dobbin). Sadly missed by his children Donna Adams & husband Paul of Grand Island, NY, Thomas Shapton Jr. & wife Lynn of Niagara Falls, and Maureen Shapton & husband Jim Longbon of King's Mountain, NC. Fondly remembered by his grandchildren Ann Marie, and Sara; and by his great grandchildren Ashliegh, Emma, Simone, and Nora. He is survived by his brother Don Shapton & wife Vaughan of Niagara Falls. Predeceased by his brother Jack. Tom comes from a family with a history in the firefighting field. His father, John, was the city's first full-time Fire Chief and was killed fighting a fire at the Maid of the Mist in April, 1955. Tom retired after 38 years of service with the Niagara Falls Fire Department as Platoon Chief. He and his brother Don also gave instruction at various Niagara Region firefighting schools. Tom was also a veteran of World War II serving in the Canadian Army where he was also a member of the Canadian Army's hockey team and played in Holland.
In accordance with Tom's wishes cremation will take place with a service to be held at a later date. Floral tributes are graciously declined.