Friday, November 13, 2015

Bill Tuman, Amsterdam restaurateur, dies at 87

Bill Tuman
AMSTERDAM -- William A. "Bill" Tuman, 87, known in the community for his restaurant and his love of and sponsorship for many athletic endeavors, died Thursday.

Tuman was born in Amsterdam in 1928, the son of the late William P. and Helen Skonieczny Tuman. He graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High School, then attended Clarkson College for a year. He left to go to work with his father at Tuman's Restaurant, while also attending Siena College, from which he graduated in 1952.

When his father died in 1967, he and his wife, the former Nadia Papura, took over ownership and operation of Tuman's. He was a member of the PAV Club and was active in many Amsterdam sporting events, sponsoring and coaching numerous teams for many years under the Tuman’s Restaurant name, including volleyball, basketball and softball teams.

Tuman's Restaurant is located at 373 Forest Avenue. Phone: 842-9802.

He and Nadia, who died in 1999, were the parents of a son, W. Michael Tuman, D.M.D., of Erdenheim, PA, and three daughters, Carol Tuman Stafford of Williamsburg, VA; Deborah Ficaretta of Saratoga Springs, and Diane Tuman of Port Washington, Long Island, all of whom survive him along with seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Riley Mortuary, 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, followed at 11:30 by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church 156 East Main Street. Interment will follow at St. Basil’s Cemetery in Broadalbin. Calling hours are Saturday from 9 to 11 prior to the service at the Riley Mortuary.

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