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Tom Boerwinkle

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March 19, 2014
I knew Tom at the University of Tennessee when he dated a friend of mine. He was 7 ft 1/4 in and I was 4 ft 10 in. He was a terrific person. A good friend. Obviously a fantastic basketball star, but to me a good friend.
November 02, 2013
I knew Tom from his days at Olympic Oil in Chicago. Despite being a hero in Chicago, he made others feel like they were the special ones. Warm, humble, quiet, funny - the kind of guy you'd want to be your friend. It is great to see so many others note that they remember him fondly for more than his basketball exploits.
October 09, 2013
I well remember Tom's playing days in the NBA. Sad to know that he has passed away.
July 31, 2013
Remember Tom at UT in 1966 when I served as manager for the basketball team. He always treated everyone well.
May 04, 2013
I will never forget the gentle giant marching next to the shortest guy in B Company at MMI. Watching him bloom playing basketball was such a treat. God bless and comfort all of his family and friends. Mary Jo Shannon
April 15, 2013
My husband and I would attend the Bulls game and Boerinkle was one of our favorite players. Its something how you always have your favorite plavers and he was one of ours. May he sleep in peace.
April 11, 2013
Tom was a great guy. Got to know him as Chief Big Oak in our YMCA INdian Guides troup when my son Barry and your son Jeff were in the tribe together in Northbrook. My best to all
April 05, 2013
Tom was a fabulous man. I met him through his business, Olympic Oil, and will never forget the first time he proudly gave me a tour while he ducked his tall frame under all the doorways. Tom was a most caring and generous man, always with a smile on his face. He was there in the good and the bad times to support everyone he knew. One time we were attending a game at the joint suite my company shared with his at the United Center, entertaining a customer from South Africa. My ticket, and this gentleman's was not stamped when we first walked into the suite floor. During an intermission, when I was showing this guest around, we returned to the floor to be told we couldn't enter as our tickets had not been stamped. The ushers wouldn't believe us that they had neglected to do so. I called into the suite and Tom came out to our rescue, convincing the ushers, in his gentle, calm manner, that we were legitimate ticket holders. His demeanor helped win them over. I have a 1998 photo at a formal event of myself and another colleague standing on chairs next to Tom who was standing. He was still taller than us. I will always remember him with fondness and give my deepest condolences to his family.
April 05, 2013
God Bless You
April 05, 2013
Tom was more than a "gentle giant" as the editorials stated. He was a most humane, caring and dedicated person, who did so much for the community at large as well as
his family I knew him first as a Celebrity coach for our Special Olympics and he came out regularly to
support this program, coach our athletes and also attend our fundraisers. When he said he would help, he meant it. I also got to see him at other functions and meet Linda,
and every exchange was always warm and memorable. His life took him in many directions, and although we would see each other at Bulls events, as we have both been involved with the Bulls organization, I'm a midget in effort and stature compared to this wonderful man. So I was heartbroken to learn he has left us, although I know he's still shooting
baskets with the best of those sport stars who already left us. And I know he has a special place in that great beyond, where there is no pain - rather lots of beauty, laughter, love and peace. However, we will miss you on this earth Tom. My prayers and good thoughts also go out to his wife and family. Fondly, Barbara Lee Cohen

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One of the many visits Tom went hunting with my Dad.  A memory I will always have of special person.

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