I was away on vacation and just received the news of Tom's passing. My deepest condolences to Mary Louise and the entire family. I had the great pleasure of working with Tom during his tenure with the Philadelphia Ad Club. Tom was my go to person on so many occasions. I'll always remember his great quick witted sense of humor, his enthusiasm in all he did but most of all his kindness. Rest In Peace Dear Friend. You will be missed. Joan Mullan
Tom had such an impact on Mother's life (Mary Alys Gill). He wrote me these wonderful letters over the years about the times they shared growing up as cousins. They were all so detailed and gave me a picture of my Mom as a kid.
He was such an amazing person who had such an impact on so many people. All our love to the family - Alison Gill Falkoff (Adam, Helene & Harriet)
My condolences to the Quigley Family on
the passing of Tom. May he rest in peace.
How do you thank someone who played such an integral part in shaping your personal & professional development? Tom was the go-to person for all things advertising. By 9:30 AM, you could get the news of the day from a half dozen newspapers, along with a saucy side of Hollywood & local dish.
In Tom-years, I'm a relatve newbie, only knowing Tom for 24 of his 50 yrs in the biz. Ten weeks after I started a new job & joined the Ad Club board, my husband & I jumped from our burning apt.bldg a week before Thanksgiving. Folks sent cards. Tom -- who I had just met - sent cards, called to cheer us, sent more cards & basically entertained us during our recuperation. He became a dear friend.
Tom & I worked a lot around Christmas events, whether December or July. When a car dealer client brought in the spec.effects pro from the movie "Fargo" to drop 40 tons of snow at his dealership in July, I brought in Tom! With lines like: "Snowstorm to Hit South Jersey", "an avalanche of activities", "Put Your Weather Reports on Ice", it's no surprise Tom hit the Six-fecta, with all 6 tv stations (including a suited Don Polec making snow angels), major newspapers & magazines covering this event!
It worked in New Jersey, why not South Philly? Tom's cheeky headline, "Something Fishy's Happening in South Philly" was a great lead-in for a July Feast of the 7 Fishes (and an homage to Angelo Bruno). Only Tom would come up with "Yule Love It!" as a call to action.
So many stories. So much love, talent & joy! How do you say goodbye to such a treasured friend? Mary Lou, Darren & Cheryl, Ali & Tony -- Know that love never ends. Tom will watch out for you from his Heavenly perch, all the while cracking up every saint in his midst. Much love to you.
Tom helped me so much during my Ad Club days...he always had a smile and made me laugh! i am lucky to have known him and very sad that he is gone. Mary Lou and family, my deepest condolences.