SCHENECTADY -- The man found dead inside Schenectady's Shamrock Grill on Sunday was active in local theater groups as an actor, singer and director.
Thomas Bambury, 49, of Rotterdam, was found dead by the business' owner just after 8 a.m. Police officially identified Bambury on Wednesday and confirmed their investigation has indicated no foul play was involved in his death. Further details were not available.
Bambury served with theater groups, including the Schenectady Light Opera Company, and was noted for his work helping newcomers, according to his obituary.
"He found great joy in theater, movies and entertainment and brightened the day of his hundreds of Facebook friends with his daily morning inspirational posts, promoting kindness," his obituary states.
The Schenectady Light Opera Company remembered Bambury in a post on its Facebook page this week, calling him a "huge supporter of the arts and of love, peace and happiness."
"The family, on behalf of Thomas, is asking that you go out and pay forward an act of kindness ... we at SLOC plan on doing that in his name. I hope you will all join us as we remember a wonderful man. Rest In Peace," the post concluded.
Obituary: Thomas Dalton Bambury
Beyond the arts, Bambury also served as a counselor at Mohawk Opportunities in Schenectady, his obituary states.
A celebration of Bambury's life is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Bond Funeral Home in Schenectady. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Madeleine Sophie Church, 3500 Carman Road, Guilderland.
Previous Gazette theater stories involving Bambury:
- New 'Durang Hour,' Shakespeare, 'Cinderella' on way at Helderberg festival, July 26, 2012
- Kris Kringle, White Witch roles suit actors just fine, Dec. 8, 2011
- Gunning for laughs, March 5, 2009
- The Cat, the Hat and all That, Dec. 4, 2008