Major T. Twomey

Major Charles T. Twomey

2010

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died peacefully Saturday evening April 10, 2010, in the Oneida Healthcare Center where he had been a medical patient for the last two weeks. Charles was born on February 23, 1924, in Stuyvesant Falls, NY, the son of Timothy F. and Mary Alice Twomey. He moved to Oneida at five years old and attended Oneida Elementary Schools. He graduated from Oneida High School with the class of 1941. Charles married Cornelia M. Dam in St. Catherine's Church, Vernon, NY, on September 6, 1947. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and entered basic training at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and served in the South Pacific as an anti-aircraft artillery man for two years in the Philippines and New Guinea. He then re-enlisted for one year and played in the 3rd Regiment of the Army Band in Virginia. He returned home to attend Officer's Candidate School in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1951, in New York National Guard and Army Reserve. He served in company, battalion and brigade staff positions. He also graduated from the basic and advanced Armor Officers Course Fort Knox, KY, and Command General Staff School from Fort Leavenworth, KS. He received the Patton Sword as outstanding graduate of the Armor Officers School. He served as an Instructor at the Armor School at Fort Knox, KY, during federal activation. In 1964, he was promoted to Major. He was assigned to the Retired Reserve when the division was downsized to brigade level. At that time, his assignment was given for Retired Reserve with mobilization designation to Fort Monroe, Virginia. After serving for 39 years, he retired from United States Army. Charles was an employee of Oneida Limited Silversmiths and held several management positions in the Food Service Division, retiring in 1990 after 47 years of service. Charles was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Oneida, where he also served as a part of the funeral ministry team. He was a life member of the E. Bart Hanifin Council # 473 Knights of Columbus in Oneida and a member and Past Faithful Navigator the Rev. Edward A. McDowell 4th Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Color Corps. He received the Knight of the Year Award in 2003. He also was a member of the Sherrill American Legion Post #230 for over 60 years and had served in many capacities. Surviving besides his loving wife of 62 years, Cornelia, are a son and daughter-in-law; Kevin Twomey of Albany and Deborah Twomey of Minoa, a daughter and son-in-law; Dr. Carleen and Daniel Vande Zande of Waupun, WI, a grandson, Collin Twomey of Minoa, a sister, Maryann Stanhope of Oneida, two brothers and sister-in-law; John Twomey of Oneida and Paul and Karen Twomey of New Smyrna Beach, FL and several nieces and nephews.Charles was predeceased by a sister; Katherine "Kay" Twomey, two brothers; LeRoy Twomey and William Twomey, and brother-in-law; Charles Stanhope. The Twomey family wishes to extend their profound gratitude to Dr. John D. George, lll, of Verona and the staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the Oneida Health Center for the care and compassion he received during his illness. Funeral Services will be held 9:30 AM Wednesday April 14, 2010 from the Ironside Funeral Home, Inc. and 10:00 AM in St. Joseph's Church 121 St. Joseph's Place Oneida where the Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Richard J. Kapral. Interment with full military honors will be made in St. Patrick's Cemetery Oneida. Friends are invited and may call 2-5 PM Tuesday at the funeral home 342 Main Street Oneida.
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