Thomas J. Fay. - Identified with Fay Motors, distributors of the Oakland and Pontiac automobiles, Mr. Fay is
recognized as one of the dependable young business men of Massena. He was born at Waddington, Dec. 4, 1900, the
son of Edward L. and Julia E. (Sullivan) Fay.
Edward L. Fay is a native of Waddington and his wife was born in Ireland. He lived in Boston, Mass., for ten years
but with the exception of that period has spent his life on a farm near Waddington. Mr. Fay is a Democrat and has
been a member of the board of assessors during the past 24 years. He also has served as chairman of the county
committee. He is a member of the Catholic Church and belongs to the Knights of Columbus. Four sons were born to
Mr. and Mrs. Fay: 1. Thomas J., the subject of this sketch. 2. Francis Edward, was killed in an automobile accident
in 1919. 3. George, who is a member of the public service commission, lives at Waddington. 4. Edward J., insurance,
lives at Waddington.
After his graduation from Waddington High School in 1918, Thomas J. Fay attended Watertown Business College in
1923, after having been identified with the Waddington Bank as assistant teller from 1919 until 1923. He then located
in Watertown as a salesman for James, Inc., but in November, 1923, formed a partnership with F. D. Martin, under
the name of Fay & Martin. They became agents for the Chevrolet and Oldsmobile cars. The business was removed
to Massena in 1926, and at that time they became distributors of the Oakland and Pontiac automobile. It was in
1930 that Mr. Fay purchased his partner's interest. He is local dealer for Firestone tires, Delco batteries, International
trucks, and the Sparton radio. His automobile repair shop is recognized as the best in Massena.
Mr. Fay was married in 1928 to Miss Ruth Barber, of Ogdensburg. A son, Francis Edward, was born to Mr. and Mrs.
Fay on April 14, 1929.
Mr. Fay has always been a Democrat. He is a member of the Catholic Church and belongs to the Knights of Columbus,
B. P. O. Elks and Chamber of Commerce.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932