Thomas J. Powers

Thomas James Powers, age 84 of Ballston Spa passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Tom was born in Syracuse on December 21, 1934 to Ellinor Pillsworth Powers and James Edward Powers, and raised in Troy.

He was a 1956 graduate of Union College and obtained his Masters from RPI. He started his career as a math professor at Union College and then worked for 30 years as a professor and eventual chair of the math department at Columbia Greene Community College. He retired in 1998 to spend more time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, James E. Powers. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of over 50 years, Judith A. Stemp; his treasured children, Jennifer S. Powers Rutkey and Thomas J. Powers; his cherished grandchildren, Ellie and Izzy Rutkey, and Jonah and Jade Powers Kulpa; many brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Tom loved his family above all else. His happiest times were spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He also loved trains, Burden Lake, storytelling, history, going out to lunch with his family, baseball cards, and hot dogs (especially the mini ones). Tom had a great wit and never failed to make those around him laugh with his dry sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by his family, who will continue to tell his stories and share his memories from generation to generation.

Special loving thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Tom’s hospice nurse, Jamie, and his private nurse, Erika, for all they gave to Tom and his family in his final months.

Per Tom’s wishes, there will be no public wake or funeral. His family will hold a private celebration of his life, which will include plenty of mini hot dogs. In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, in Tom’s honor and memory would be greatly appreciated.

Guest Book

George R. Hillje, Sr. - Latham. New York

My condolences to Judy and family upon Tom's passing. May you always hold fond memories of your life with Tom. I grew up with the Powers family on Bouton Road, P.S. #14 and Troy High School. Tom grew up a block away from R.P.I. and I was aware of his love of trains. Troy, in its early years, was a major train hub in America. Tom always loved the camp on Burden Lake, Charlies hot dogs and Tom, Jim and I spent many a night at Mert and John's. Jim was my best friend and the best man when Jean and I married in 1955 and we kept in touch until he passed...Jim and Tom are now together. Tom, rest in peace.
Judy may you find solace in the memories of your life with Tom.


Kathy Torchia

So sorry to read about Tom's passing. He was always so pleasant and quiet.
Our prayers are with you and the kids at this time.

Kathy Powers

The world has lost a great man. Uncle Tom was always so kind, loving and patient. My favorite memories of him are being pushed on the swing, his crazy Santa suit every year giving out presents, putting him in front of the toboggan to get snowed on because he was the biggest, big bear hugs and listening to his funny and very unique, sometimes scary stories on the porch at burden lake. The best story teller ever. I am honored and blessed to have had him as my uncle and godfather. He always was and always will be one of my most favorite people in the world. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to everyone that will miss this wonderful man. Especially his closest family. Love to all of you.

Peter and Virginia Ambrose

So many great memories of Tom, his wry wit, unflappable demeanor, love of baseball cards and collectibles. Please accept our condolences, Judy, Tom, and Jenny.

Bob Strohecker

I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Tom. Tom and I (along with his brother Jim)
we’re close friends all threw grammar school / high school and our early twenties .
One of our favorite hang outs was a place called “ Mert &. Johns “ located in Wynskill. (it to is long gone) Oh! The memories of the good times we had there..

Judy - Just to let you know - Patty also passed away a little over five years ago .
Tom and I were not only friends - We also share the same birthday and age ( 21 Dec 1934 ) I wish you all comfort in knowing what a great guy he was ....
Bob Strohecker

Geoffrey Holodook

I had him as a Professor at Columbia Greene.
He was always a kind and understanding teacher.
God Bless Him.

Clifford Wexler

Tom and I served together as faculty members throughout his 30 year career at Columbia-Greene Community College. Tom's sense of humor often lightened our faculty meetings. Tom had a unique and amusing way of expressing his take on various issues and people. While an integral part of the college community, Tom also managed to view things as an outsider, providing a valuable perspective. Tom's demeanor was always respectful and tolerant of others. He was both a gentleman and a gentle man. While I haven't seen Tom in many years, I can still picture him interacting with his colleagues. Tom's love and devotion for his family will live on in the hearts of his wife, Judy, as well as his children and grandchildren.
With warmest sympathy.
Cliff Wexler

Jamie Porter

forever in my heart...