THOMAS ARTHUR DUSSAULT, while in the peaceful comfort of his immediate family, passed away on April 9, 2017 and now awaits the eternal rejuvenation and union of all spirits at the Omega Point as conceived by the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Tom was born on July 10, 1950, the son of Thomas W. and Louise R. Dussault, both deceased, in the bucolic City of Little Falls, New York, with its cooling canopy of then mature and healthy Elm trees and a rich tradition of one world conservatism that in one form or another served as a beacon throughout his life.
Tom is survived by his natural family, all residing in the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, to wit: his beloved spouse, eternal compatriot and loyal protector, Jan Elizabeth Dussault; his son, Zachary R. Dussault, and his fiancé, Meagan Aylward; his daughter, Kyle Dussault Carinelli and her husband, Michael A. Carinelli IV; his grandson, Michael A Carinelli V: and the mother of his children, Ms. Robyn Marriott Dussault. He is also survived by his siblings and their respective spouses, to wit: his sister, Ms. Cathryn D. Franchino (Mr. Harry D. Franchino) of Fairport, NY; his brother, Mr. John G. Dussault (Ms. Susan L. Sanders) of Washington, DC; and his sister, Ms. Mary Elizabeth Dussault (Ms. Susan Breen) of North Andover, MA, as well as his nieces Jessica and Sarah and their respective families and numerous cousins on both his paternal and maternal sides.
Thomas was also blessed and is survived by an immediate step family, all residing in the country of England, to wit: his step-son, Andrew Withers and his wife, Laura Withers; his step-son, Raymond P. Withers and his wife, Julie Price Withers; his step-grandchildren, Ryan Withers (affianced to Ms. Rachel Knowles), Adam Withers, Hannah V. Withers and Jack D. Price. He is also survived by his beloved spouse’s sister, Ms. Anne (“Genghis”) Tilbury and her family, to wit; husband John Tilbury, their daughters, Julie Mulliner and Elaine Findlay and their extended families.
Despite his disillusionment with, and discontinuation of, the practice of law, Tom was extremely proud to have been a high ranking graduate of both The University at Albany and Albany Law School. His academic career was, best described as, if not stellar, certainly a bit unorthodox. He never quite fully answered the bell for the usual inquisitorial prerequisites for comprehensive academic success, “What to Learn?” and “How much to Learn?” Instead his primary query was “For what purpose am I being asked to learn this?” and he reacted according to his interpretation of the answer.
An even greater source of personal satisfaction for Tom was his active role as a parent for both of his children, Zachary and Kyle, serving and supporting Cub Scouts as a Den Leader and Committee member, Youth Ice Hockey and Minor League Baseball as a volunteer assistant, High School Debate Assistant and Chaperone requiring extensive travel, music aficionado and advisor (but he couldn’t play a lick). Prop construction for a school musical and research assistant. Tom was also a member of the Little Falls Historical Society and The Great Dane Athletic Club. He asks that any donations in his memory be made to The Great Dane Athletic Club, whose oft stated mission always places academics first (The University at Albany’s Athletic Department consistently rates near the top of all Division 1 schools by any measure of overall academic performance and as a member of America East supports the initiative of the “You Can Play” project) while also helping to maintain an extraordinarily high level of performance on the part of both men and women.
Great Dane Athletic Club
C/o The University of Albany Foundation
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222
Or please go to http://www.ualbanysports.com and click on ‘donate now’.
Memorial service at Carolina Funeral & Cremation Center on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.
5505 Monroe Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28212
Another memorial service will be planned later this year in Little Falls, New York. Date and location to be determined.