Thomas Fleming, 26, assistant foreman, died attempting to save John Bonick, 43, laborer, from suffocation, Corning, New York, July 9, 1910. Fleming, who had seen Bonick fall unconscious from gas at the bottom of a gas-producer, which was not in operation, descended to his assistance but was overcome. Both were dead when pulled out with a hook. 5383-406
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Thomas Fleming was born on the 26th day of May 1883 in the village of Tioga, Pa., to honest and industrious parents. He was one of nature’s noblest characters, whose young life was offered as a sacrifice on the 9th day of July 1910 that others might live. Young, manly, and promising in all that makes for an ideal citizen and Christian life; a devoted husband, an affectionate father and a filial son; the soul of honor upon whom responsibilities were fast accumulating; loved, trusted and respected by, not only those whose duties brought them into close relation with him but by all with whom he was acquainted and particularly by those for whom he labored, Thomas Fleming died as heroes die.
Thomas Fleming spent his early days in the city of Corning, N.Y., attending St. Mary’s Parochial School, where the noble qualities of heart and mind gradually unfolded themselves as the flower unfolds its beauty. From St. Mary’s School, he entered Niagara University, where for a year, he pursued a commercial course of study, after which he returned to Corning, becoming associated with his father in superintending the construction department in the Corning Glass Works. It was here and while in the discharge of such duties his young life was forfeited while performing a most noble and heroic act through which he hoped the lives of others might be saved.
Thomas Fleming was married on Sept. 10, 1907, to Miss Margaret Bartholomew, to whom was born on the 8th day of July 1909 a beautiful daughter.
(Edited from a eulogy published in an unidentified newspaper clipping that was provided by a family descendant.)