Thomas Leland Voelker

By Orleans Hub Posted 26 July 2021 at 9:28 am

Thomas Leland Voelker, 58, of Middleport, NY, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.  He was the husband of the late, Barbara Clark Voelker, the son of the late Sue Ann Thomas Voelker, and the grandson of the late Catherine “Honey” Wasnock Thomas.

Tom is survived by his children: Jenifer and Thomas Leland II (Shelby Foley and beloved grandson, Thomas Leland III), both of Medina, NY; sisters: Catherine Fliegel of Atlanta, Ga. and Michele (“Meko”) Van Voorhis (Norman) of Holley, NY; special aunt and uncle, B.J. and Ronald Thomas of Medina, NY, former brother-in-law, Eric Fliegel of Naperville, Ill.; several other cousins, nieces and nephews, too many to list; and special canine baby, Elle.

Tom was born on April 13 in Medina, NY, and graduated from Medina High School in 1981.  Tom’s love of animals is surpassed only by his strong work ethic. Tom’s first job was at the age of 11, earning 25 cents an hour pumping gas for customers at Brewer’s Grocery on Ridge Road in Medina, NY. By age 16, Tom was the owner and operator of a working pig farm which continued throughout his high school years.  Tom was also employed at Jeddo Mills, Bells Grocery Store in Medina, NY as a meat cutter, and at Polycom Huntsman in Lockport, NY. One of Tom’s biggest achievements was obtaining a Class A Commercial Driver’s License to begin a career on the road.

Tom was gifted at everything related to building a home, from dry walling to electrical wiring and outlet installation, wood working and painting, plumbing and flooring.  Tom’s soul will live on forever with a fishing pole in one hand and his best girl, Elle’s leash in the other as they take their last walk for the night.

There are no prior calling hours or funeral service at this time.  A private celebration of Tom’s life will be arranged at a later date by the family.