Thomas Canty Obituary, Death – On November 21, 2022, Thomas (TA) Canty, a member of the GESD Board of Education, passed away after a valiant struggle against cancer. He had been battling the disease for several years. I must break this news to the members of the school community, and I do so with a heavy heart. At the time in question, TA had only recently turned 44 years old. He is survived by two beloved children, Sophia and Nasir, as well as a large number of family members, friends, and acquaintances who are devastated by his passing.

In everything that she did, TA was a fantastic example of how our school district should be represented. He had a sunny disposition at all times and always conducted himself in a dignified manner no matter what he was doing. Both during his time at Gloversville High School (Class of 1996) and later at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, TA was a successful student-athlete. In addition, TA has maintained a consistent presence in the realm of youth athletics, serving both as a coach and a referee throughout his career.

Even though he is presently undergoing treatment for cancer, he is willing to serve on our Board of Education because he is committed to making a difference in the lives of others, as evidenced by the fact that he has expressed this willingness. His mysterious grin, his genuine concern for the well-being of others, and the laid-back manner in which he carried himself are things that I will never forget. TA was a one-of-a-kind person who will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

As you sit down to eat with the people you care about over the course of this holiday weekend, please don’t forget to keep TA Canty and his family in your thoughts and prayers. I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and I hope that you will agree with me that we should always be thankful for everything that is good in our own lives. I also hope that you will agree with me that we should be eternally grateful for everything that is good in our own lives.