In memory of
FLICKINGER--Thomas Radcliffe. 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Sea Island, GA, on Sunday morning, November 15, 2015. Tom leaves his wife of 61 years, nee Phoebe Raymond, his brother William S. Flickinger of East Amherst, NY, and four children: Wendy Ross, of Katonah, NY, Geoffrey Flickinger of North Kingstown, RI, Thomas Flickinger of Winnetka, IL, Holly Williams of Durham, NC, and 13 grandchildren. Born in Buffalo, NY on July 11, 1932 to Glenn and Awdry Flickinger, Tom attended Nichols School and graduated from Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH in 1950 and Harvard University in 1954. After serving in the United States Army in France, he returned to Buffalo to join S. M. Flickinger, Inc., the family food wholesaling and distribution company, which became one of the largest companies in Western New York and the biggest private employer in the city of Buffalo. He ultimately became Vice President of Purchasing and Director of Quality Assurance, responsible for all products packaged and sold under the Red & White label, the first full-line private label brand in the country, started by his grandfather, Smith Michael Flickinger. Tom's charitable work in Buffalo was extensive. He served on the board of the SPCA Serving Erie County and was President for five years. He was also a trustee of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Museum of Science, the International Institute of Buffalo, the Buffalo Public Library, the Buffalo Zoo and the Food Bank of Western New York, which he helped establish in 1978 with his cousin Burt P. Flickinger, Jr. He was on the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church and the board of the Saturn Club where he was Dean in 1992. Tom was on the board of Kimball Union Academy for 21 years, was Chairman for two years and where one of his proudest achievements was the establishment of the Flickinger Arts Center. In addition, he was a trustee of The Nichols School in Buffalo, where he and his family also endowed the Arts Center bearing the Flickinger name. Upon moving to Sea Island, Tom became a trustee of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, the St. Simon's Land Trust, the Coastal Youth Symphony, and served on the board of the Sea Island Property Owners Association. For almost 40 years, Tom and Penny kept a summer residence in Lorraine, Ontario, and they also spent many summer months at her family house, "Riven Rock," in Jamestown, RI. An avid jazz aficionado, Tom's jazz collection was legendary, his knowledge of musicians and songs encyclopedic and he had a special appreciation of the music of Oscar Peterson and Count Basie. Tom was also a passionate California wine collector, with a highly refined palate and a detailed knowledge of wineries, varietals and vintages. Tom played interscholastic hockey and baseball, and golf and tennis all his life. A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Avenue, in Buffalo, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the SPCA Serving Erie County or the St. Simon's Land Trust. A memorial service will also be held at Christ Church, St. Simon's Island, GA, at 11am on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
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