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.
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.
I well remember Tom's playing days in the NBA. Sad to know that he has passed away.
Remember Tom at UT in 1966 when I served as manager for the basketball team. He always treated everyone well.
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
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.
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
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.
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
So sorry for your loss. Great memories of Tom at UT. Would come by my room, knock on the door, say lets go. I would always ask, what you want me to do? He would say, THROW ME THE BALL AND GET OUT OF THE WAY.. May God comfort you and your family.
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family, we pray for comfort as well as the embrace of your church family & especially from our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sincerely Mike & Rosalie Mensinga
So very sorry to hear of Tom Boerwinkle's death. I just turned 64 on 01 02 49 and 67 is too young to go.
He was very hard working at rebounding and blocking out a big body that could battle even Wilt to a good degree and along with Wilt and Walton -one of the best passing centers ever.
My best to his loved ones and fans left behind...
My condolences to the Boerwinkle Family, may the God of tender mercy give your family comfort as you cope with the loss of your loved one. May you also find comfort in the "hearer of prayers"(Psalms 65:2)
Dearest Boerwinkle Family, May you know that we mourn the loss of your Tom and send our sincerest condolences to you all. One fond memory: when Tom was an analyst for the Bulls in the early 1990's, my husband happened upon Tom at Union Station. My husband was carrying a rug, wrapped in brown paper, which he had purchased from Marshall Field's. He waited until Tom got off a pay phone (no cell phones back then)and then asked Tom if he would please sign the wrapper for his "son" Rob. Rob was actually my husband's uncle (now age 92) who was a huge fan of the the Bulls. Tom graciously did so. That signature with "to Rob" was given to Rob at Christmas. We are so very sorry for the loss of a great guy.
It is truly difficult to lose a loved one in death. As a source of comfort, rely on the great memories shared by family and friends as well as fans. Remember too that God is here to lean on and to comfort you.
May you be comforted by our God above,may He open his hand and give you the comfort that you desire....so sorry for your loss.....~~d~
My deepest sympathy to the Boerwinkle family and friends. May the true God be of some comfort to you. (John 5:25)
My deepest sympathies. May the "God of all comfort," help to ease the pain of your grief during this time.(1 Cor 1:3,4)
I worked for Tom for 10 years at Olympic Oil, he was the most generous and humble man I have ever known. My deepest sympathies to Linda,Jeff and Gretchen. I considered Tom a good friend of mine and he will be deeply missed. Safer trip # 18
I AM SO SORRY HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS AF THIS PERSON, THE BIBLE CAN BE OF COMFORT AT JOHN5:21,28,29
Dear Linda, Gretchen, and Jeff,
Our deepest sympathies, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our deepest and sincere condolences to the family of former Bull's player, Boerwinkle.. With the team saying how nice of a guy he was, may the family reflect on this and also Matt. 5:28, 29. Again, our condolences.
The Hunts Family
West Palm Beach, Florida
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dear Linda, Jeff and Gretchen,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers this holy week/weekend. May God's grace and peace be with you always.
A kind and beautiful person inside and out. He will be remembered not just for what he accomplished in the NBA but also the generous person he was. As he sleeps in death, may God remember him on the day of resurrection to life on a beautiful paradise earth.
My deepest sympathy to the family. May
God bless you.
In reading about Mr. Boerwinkle, I notice that he really left a wonderful legacy. May your family find courage and strength as you reflect on the loving memories. 2 Corinthian 4:7
So sorry for your loss. May you have peace and look to the future with hope and confidence when no mourning or outcry or pain will be no more...
You never met me but you were and are still an inspiration.Rest In Peace.
I am so sorry for your loss but the Bible says that we can see our dead love one again. Found at 21:4. I hope this message is comforting for you and your family.
GOOD FRIDAY EVENING! So many wonderful memories of the "little" boy next door who grew to be so big in all the best ways. He and his family have always set the benchmark of what a loving,Christian family should be, plus the best neighbors. I too attended that Christian camp with Tommy, Kay and Jay and was part of growing up in that wonderful place, Independence, Ohio. We discovered what it meant to believe in Jesus and hold on to his words, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled." Tommy did RUN the race as St Paul describes it
You are all in my thoughts and prayers! TOM SLUBERSKI
We are sad to have read of your loss. God will soon give our love ones life. John 17:3
Dear Gretchen and family. I wish I could take away your heartache. He was so generous and kind to take time out of his schedule to attend the Men's Breakfasts we did so long ago. It was much appreciated by me. Warren and the guys really enjoyed it. Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers. If I'm not able to offer condolences in person, I'm sending you a big hug and think the world of ya. Hang in there. Sincerely,
The best neighbor ever. I remember you coming over to help scrawny me with our push lawnmower. You did several passes and said "See, nothing wrong with it!" And did I really do this, sit on a piec of plywood while you ran your bike up and down the drive to flatten the snow? What a role model. And Nancy (Lee) my sister. How she loved you. Throwing stones in the creek at the bottom of the hill, shooting baskets. Don't know if it was genetic or your friendly nature that turned her into a tomboy. I have lost in a just a few years two of the most wonderful people in my life. My sister and you. A push mower will never be the same. Hope God doesn't mind someone looking down on him. Say hi to your mom for me.
My family lived next door to the Boerwinkles in Independence through the 50's and 60's. When Tommy left for MMI, half the sunshine went with him. My memories are of watching my sister and Tommy throw nimbly peg in the back yard, watching an incipient giant gulp down a whole carton of milk, laughing at his silly riddles, wishing I could go fishing, too, and knowing that every one of the Boerwinkles loved me and that Tom and his family were the special kinds of friends who accepted without judgment and loved with grace. As we mourn his loss, let us capture the sunshine of his memory in our hearts and actions.
Never meet you but heard very nice things from my neighbor, Lucille, You used to own my house on Little Silver Lake, God Bless !
Haven't seen you in years, that's my loss, still recall going to the drive-in church and putting the speaker in the car and turning it off and turning on WIXI 1260. Will miss you big man.
a true boyhood hero of mine I will not soon forget
I remember Tom as a child having spent many Sunday's in their home. Tommy was the "little" brother. He did a lot of joking and teasing. He will be remembered in our hearts. Yes, he was a gentle giant. May God comfort your family in your loss. Love and prayers,
Nancy and Ken
Very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was one of my favorite players back when I was in high school and college back in the early seventies. Peace to his family. Gary Tancredi
Im so sorry for your loss family and friends of Tom Boerwinkle and may you find comfort in Gods inspired word the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16).
Offering my deepest condolences during this difficult time, I'm so very sorry for your loss, death is something we are never prepared for, but please find comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be no more. For God has promised.
I remember Tom growing up and how proud his Mother was of him. He was a great person. Loved seeing him when he came to visit his mother. He was a very gracious and loving person. He will be missed by all.
TO THE FAMILY DURING THIS VERY SAD TIME, PLEASE LEAN ON THE "GOD OF ALL COMFORT" 2ND COR.1:3-4.
we all loved you..you are now with our lord and savior..Jesus
To your family I say I'm sorry for your loss he always. Be alive In your hearts
I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Tom, Jerry, Norm and Butter were the Bulls before the NBA was cool. These tributes to Mr. Boerwinkle as a human being are even more impressive.
Linda, Gretchen and Jeff,
Tom was first and foremost a great man and a true gentle man. He was also an exceptional athlete, and the only center who could outplay Jabbar. May he rest in peace. You and he will remain in my prayers.
My heart goes out to you and your family! Your father was one of a kind and one of my favorite softball coaches! You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I know you will carry on where your dad left off! You are his living legacy!
Sincerely, Becky Cortesi-Caruso
Linda, Gretchen and Jeff,
Our hearts and prayers go out to you. We remember Tom from his days as a Vol with coaches Ray and Stu, Jan's brother, to his days with the Bulls. He was a true gentleman. His untimely passing is a loss to all.
I knew Tom for about 15 years. In that time I never heard him utter a curse word or say anything derogatory about anyone. A true gentleman. He will not be forgotten.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. The bible can be of some comfort at john 3:16
Gretchen, Linda, and Jeff, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Keating Family
As a young fan of basketball when he came into the NBA I admired how he got along with his teammates.
The world has lost a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom's loved ones.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Mr Boerwinkle for your loss
To the family and friends of Tom Boerwinkle: Sorry for your loss. It is rare that one reads or hears about a young man although being noted for numerous successes in sports is remembered as one who displayed such a Christlike attitude toward others. Surely the text at Luke 23:43 applies to Tom. Remembering Tom Boerwinkle and his outstanding attributes with sadness in our hearts!
My sincere condolences to you and the family on Tom's passing. I will remember him fondly as a player and someone with whom I had a business association when he was playing for the Bull. We will miss seeing him at breakfast on Sundays.
A former Clevelander, also, Lois
Knew Tom in college at UT, as well as with the Chicago Bulls. He was like a brother to me for such a long time. Would always come up to the organ at the Omni in Atlanta to visit and catch up on our mutual old friends. Just lost my only real brother last week, so losing another one that felt like one just doubles my sadness at both losses. Many thoughts and prayers to his wife and children. Sincerely, Lou Walker (Former Organist for Atlanta Flames/Hawks/Braves).
My heart goes out to the Boerwinkle family. May the God of tender mercies be with you to comfort you during this time. Romans 15:33.
I lost my best friend Tuesday.
We have known Tom & his wonderful family for over 20 + years & will miss him so much. Our hearts, prayers & thoughts go out to you all during this difficult time. Please know that we are here for you. Tom & Deb Kmiec
Went to school with Tom at MMI,and remember him as being very kind to this little 5'5" sophmore reserve guard when he was a senior. It was a pleasure to know him and watch him play and develop into a NBA player.
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
So sorry for your loss.
(Gloria and Arthur Greenman's niece)
Many memories of watching him play when I was a kid.. Inspired me to play the game.
Thanks Tom..I will never forget you..
I recall watching Tom in the '60s as a young boy in Cleveland, Ohio. He used to scrimmage at Estrabrook Rec. God Bless him.
The best rebounder and passer on the best team never to have won the championship. Thank's Tom, for the great memories. Ray Murphy
He was huge. Epitomized the big, slow white guy but he killed the gators.
Long time gator fan!
Tom was a fine player and an even better man. R.I.P.
He was my most favorite Bulls player of all time. I so enjoyed watching him when I was young going to a game with my Dad. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. RIP dear Tom.
My sincere condolence for the loss of Tom your dear loved one. May your fond thoughts of him bring back good memories. Peace and love to your family and friends, and to the spirit that you all show. firstname.lastname@example.org