Cortlandt town assessor Thomas Waitkins dies at 62

Thomas Waitkin

Thomas John Waitkins, who served as Cortlandt Town Assessor since December 2010, died July 31. He was 62 years old.

Waitkins, a Peekskill resident, was born October 28, 1959 and grew up in Croton-on-Hudson with his parents, Ruth and Frank Waitkins, and siblings, Mark, Melanie and Matt.

He graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh and began his career as a substitute teacher. He then worked as a commercial real estate appraiser in New York. In addition to Cortlandt, he was assessor for the town of Peekskill and the village of Croton-on-Hudson.

Waitkins was an active member of the Catholic Kolping Society and took up the challenge of serving on the board. He turned out to be a tremendous asset, making the company stronger. He also volunteered at the Farm to Fork cycling club, lectern at Holy Name of Mary Church, had previously served as a lectern at Assumption Church, and was an avid athlete who competed in numerous triathlons.

He had a deep love for biking and hiking and was a lifeguard. He was an enthusiast and supporter of the arts. He frequently visited museums, jazz and classical music concerts, the New York City Ballet and the New York Botanical Garden.

Thomas touched the lives of so many people. Besides his love for nature, arts and culture, cycling and music, his top priority has always been to be a truly devoted loving father. There’s nothing Tom wouldn’t do for his daughters and his dog. He was a devoted and trusted friend and will be deeply missed by so many.

He is survived by two daughters, Theresa and Nadine Waitkins, ex-wife and friend Adrianna Waitkins and the family’s beloved dog, Jack.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Mark.

The visitations took place on August 5 at the Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton-on-Hudson. A Christian funeral mass was celebrated on August 6 at the church. Cremation services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that gifts be made to the New York Botanical Garden in their name. Donations can be made online at or by mailing a check to New York Botanical Garden, Attn. Lisa Sifre, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458.

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