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Covid-19 claims life of Tonawanda politician

Hospitalized shortly after winning re-election in November
Posted at 8:27 PM, Dec 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-20 09:03:06-05

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — A local politician has died from COVID-19.

Thomas Newman died at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo on Friday.

According to his obituary, he was admitted to the hospital last month, shortly after winning re-election to the Tonawanda Common Council.

Both he and his wife Kerrie were hospitalized with COVID.

She was able to leave after a week, but her husband ended up in intensive care and never recovered.

Newman also served as a volunteer firefighter, and head of the GOP in Tonwanda.

He was not vaccinated against COVID-19, according to his obituary.

Thomas Newman was 53 years old.