Obituary of Thomas J Cichon
Mr. Thomas J. (Digger) Cichon, 59, a lifelong resident of Utica, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 24, 2023, at his residence.
Tom was born in Utica, on December 30, 1963, the son of the late Frank J. and Joanne (Nash) Cichon. He was raised in Utica and was a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, where he was a gifted athlete in baseball, football and basketball. After high school Tom was drafted by the Minnesota Twins where he played for several seasons. His roommate while he was with the organization was Kirby Puckett. After baseball Tom earned his nick name “Digger “by working heavy equipment. For several years he was a self-employed excavation and masonry contractor. Digger was last employed by Mohawk Valley Water Authority, as a heavy equipment operator. Digger loved baseball and of course his favorite team was the Minnesota Twins. Since he had no children of his own his favorite thing of all was the time he spent with his nieces, nephews and great nephew. He especially enjoyed helping them with their home improvement projects.
Digger is survived by his sisters Catherine Beck and her husband Michael, Whitesboro, Christine Ross and her husband Donald, New Hartford, Kerry Cichon and her boyfriend Rich Hoglievina, Sunrise, FL., a brother Frank Cichon and wife Linda, Davie, FL., nieces and nephews Christine Carrock and her husband Gary Jr., Michael, Kelsey, Sarah Beck, Jonathon, Brandon Ross, Jessica, Christopher Cichon, great nephew Gary Carrock III, several cousins and many close friends.
The family is grateful for Tommy’s friends and their unconditional love and friendship. The family extends their heart felt appreciation to Louie Mastroianni, Stevie Ferrone, Mike Moore, childhood friend Darryl Padula, and the Calogero and Wessinger families.
Relatives and friends are respectively invited to attend a memorial Mass of Christian burial that be celebrated by Father Tom Servatius on March 3, 2023, at 10AM from Historic Old St. John’s Church, 240 Bleecker Street, Utica, NY., 13501. He will be laid to rest with his parents in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Yorkville, NY.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Thomas Cichon, please visit Tribute Store