r.i.p long time hockey fan
You are in my thoughts and prayers. And know that you will never be alone in your journey through life.
I haven't lived in Tampa since 1977 and currently live in Smyrna, Ga. Tom McEwen has and always wil be in mind the best sports writer I have ever known. He wrote for a great newspaper and I still remember his football picks on Friday usually with a popular lady also making her pick.
Elissa and Gabby, Know that you both are in my prayers as you deal with the loss of your father. Tampa will miss him greatly, but I know you will miss him more. God Bless
Tom McEwen was to Tampa Sports what Sunshine was to Florida. RIP and have a glass of orange juice, eggs with fresh grapefruit for all of us...
MAY THE COMFORT OF GOD LOVING ARMS EMBRACE THE FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF THIS AWESOME GENTLEMAN.
REST IN PEACE TOM MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL WAYS JOHN BRYANT AND FAMILY
Our condolences from Sports with Rick and the Ball Coaches on the TANTALK Radio Network 1340 and 1350 AM.
Richard Kolb and June Kittay
Good Bye good sir,
You made Tampa Bay a big stop on the sports map. You made a whole lot of something that was nothing at the time. God bless you and your family. I miss your daily writtings in the Trib. You column was always the first stop. Rest well you are at the gates of heaven voted in unamomously.
My son grew up reading Tom MeEwen in the sports pages of the Tampa Tribune; later Tom hired my son as a sports reporter out of The university of Florida and eventually my son became editor of the tribune; what a ride both of them had!
My sympathies are with Linda and the families. Tom was a great friend for many many years and gave me a lot of pleasure with writing articles regarding The Florida Wheels wheelchair basketball.
Tom was a great contributor to the sports community and Florida in general.
My deepest sympathies.
I never had a chance to meet you in person but felt like I have known you all my life. I miss your "Hey Tom" still to this day. Thanks for all you did for the Tampa bay area. God bless and RIP.
I never met Tom personally but read his great features. Yes he will be missed.
He is upstairs now writing his next column. My condolences to his family.
I recall meeting you twice. Once at Guggino Eye Doctor, and before a Bucs game. I remember you telling me to just keep writing, and write what you feel. The best writer, and contributor to the city of Tampa EVER. I am now a student at HCC, and plan on going to USF to major in Mass Communications. I can say, I want to do something I love, and that is writing.
I grew up in the Tampa area and played high school football at Chamberlain during the mid-sixties. I loved reading The Morning After column with my freshly squeezed glass of Florida orange juice and especially when Tom wrote about Steve Spurrier and the Florida Gators. Even though I moved far away to Alaska in the mid- seventies I still followed his column on the internet. Thanks Tom for all the great years of keeping me in touch with sports in general and with your loyalty to the Gators.
We have all heard,
"Do what you Love; Love what you do"!
Tom did both!
To The McEwen Family,
I only read Tom's column and never met the man. In the last week, I've read about how important his presence was for the city of Tampa, my home for 28 years. The world could use more Tom McEwens. My condolences to the family as God has called a great one home. PS. I'm pleased to know they have sports in heaven.
Michael Baccich, Tampa, Florida
I loved reading "The Morning After" and was always thrilled when Tom would mention my father, Kong Smith. It was a pleasure to share the same hometown, Wauchula, with Tom.
Tom, thanks for that one valuable lesson, one that you, coach McKay and I are the only one that know anything about. Promise I will not tell. Tampa will miss you, bless you and your wife.
I moved to Tampa in 94' and immediately became a fan of Tom McEwen. I was lucky enough to have a friend of mine get me a signed copy of Mr. McEwen's book Press Pass. Some really great anecdotes and stories all with Tampa themes and connections. It takes a great fan of sports to become a great writer of sports. My deepest condolences to the McEwen family.
For years the first thing I read in my morning Tribune was Tom's column, The Morning After. It was entertaining, insightful, informative and had the "Tom Touch". He is my hero and I loved that he never forgot he was from the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg and Wauchula area!
Rick, please accept our condolences and deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad. It is a great loss for the entire community but small compared to your loss of a father. We know God has welcomed him home, may He also bless and comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ernie and Suzette Sample
The McEwen family will be in our prayers today, may Tom rest in peace, our deepest sympathies Jesse Sr. & Jennifer Gonzalez
You were one of a kind! Your hometown of Wauchula will be forever proud of you. I enjoyed running into you from time to time here in Tampa. Always had a smile!
Linda, Gabby, Lissy: I have the greatest memories of Tom. Whether it was spending time at the golf house in North Carolina, at a hunting party in Wauchula, at his home, or in Africa - he was always gracious, interesting, funny, and insightful. He was a great and reliable friend (and cousin) and we dearly loved him. Dad and Tom had a very special bond - I wish that my kids could have known Tom the way I did.
I don't think there has been a better ambassador for Tampa sports than Tom. I always loved reading his columns The Morning After and Breakfast Bonus - especially when he got to slip in some mouth cleansing Wauchula grapefruit.
We are really going to miss you Tom. You were an amazing man.
Godspeed and Go Gators!
Hired by the Tribune straight out of college, my first job was as Tom's assistant and University of Tampa beat writer. I knew next to nothing about either! Relying on basic survival skills and watching Tom's modus operandi, I absorbed enthusiastically.
Stand your ground, pay attention to the underdogs and always maintain the ability to laugh at oneself are the lifetime gifts I carry with me. Thanks Tom!
My condolences to Linda and family and my thanks for sharing this wonderful soul with us. Many of us are better humans just for having spent time in Tom's fascinating orbit!
Tom's love of sports infected me at an early age. Seeing the world through his eyes helped me to understand the layers of efforts needed to make a game happen. It was his, many times romantic, vision of sports that led me into the broadcast industry. My unmistakable passion for the Buccaneers grew from the seeds he planted. God bless his family.
Rich and Ginny - So sorry to read about your Dad. He certainly was special. I'm out of town and won't be able to attend but you know my prayers and thought's are with you guy's.
To The McEwen Family:
May God comfort you during this time of great sorrow. As an avid reader of Tom's columns, I feel as though I've known him all of my life. Having met him, clearly he had a delightful story tailored just for you. I will always appreciate his embrace and advancement of diversity. He catapulted his passion and ties to close knit, fierce loyalty of the Tampa community into the global arena. He was deeply loved, will be deeply missed and his deeds long remembered. Be assured that he is in the peaceful embrace of our Creator. God bless you all.
Tom, thru the years, you have given my family alot to be thankful for. My son played for the gators from 95-99, #87 Robby Stevenson In those years, I got to really get close to Tom and his work. My sincerest sympathies to Linda and the kids, thru these tough times. Tom will be surely missed, but is now in "Gator Heaven"
To Linda and the family - All of us in Tampa lost a great sports legend. Tom was a good friend to us at the Tampa Tarpons and the ISI Sports Network. Most of us in the media have always felt like Tom was our leader in Tampa sports. I will be out of town Friday and unable to attend but wanted to send my condolences.
- Mitchell Mick , Tampa native
You made our live richer when you were with us and we are poorer without you.
My brother and I have been reading you for more than 30 years and looked forward to every new article.
My thoughts out to Linda and the kids, we will miss him like no other.
I spent 15 years in the area & reading Tom's column was a daily ritual for me. I had a chance to meet him a few times & he was always a gentleman. My sincerest sympathies to the McEwen family.
Tom was a giant in the craft of bringing sports to life with words. He was a giant among the leaders and the losers.
I worked in Florida during the 1970s, a sports hack who later moved to the Nashville Banner where I worked for the late Fred Russell, who worked at the same newspaper for 69 years before the Banner folded. He and Tom were contemporaries and shared a religous affinity for practical jokes, for pumping out one-liners that would leave you holding your stomach you laughed so hard.
I always counted it as a blessing to be in the same press box with Tom, seeing that sparkle in his eye -- knowing the next words out of his mouth would make me laugh.
He was a giant for Tampa, the state of Florida, the world of college athletics and had so much pride about being able to bring the NFL to the Bay.
As Mr. Russell said when he turned 90 and was still writing a weekly column, "Turning 90 is not for sissies.''
We all must face that day but the memories and laughter that Tom left behind should be treasured in this world in which has turned much too mean.
My condolences and prayers go out to the McEewn family. He touched countless lives along the way.
To Linda and the McEwen family,
Thanks so much for sharing Tom with all of us. We are all better for having known and worked with him and the Tampa Bay community was the greatest beneficiary of all! We'll never forget his support, advice and counsel during the highly interesting early Tampa Bay Lightning days!
My thoughts and prayers are with you as Tom's great life is celebrated.
To Rick and Ginny. So sorry to here about the passing away over the weekend of your father.
I want you to know that your Dad had a powerful influence in my life. I went to King High in 1966 and 1967 and met you Rick playing baseball on the high school team. My family was realtively new to Florida and it was through your Dad's column's and listening to him talk about the Gators that I became a huge Gator fan. I graduated from Florida, met my wife at Florida, and 3 of my children have since graduated from Florida with a 4th currently enrolled. I told my wife and children last night that I owe it to Mr. Mcewen for instilling in me that Gator spirit, without that spirit I could just of easily gone to school at FSU or the local Jr College and never met my wife or had 4 kids become Gators. May God's peace be with you. - Sincerly - Dan Jett - King High class of 1967
Our thoughts and prayers go with you in your time of sorrow. Remember Tom McEwen with Love, Laughter and Joy!
I am saddened about the loss of Tom McEwen, but am grateful for the pleasure he brought to me from childhood on to adulthood, reading his columns and sports coverage. As a lifelong Gator fan, I always was particularly eager to read his thoughts about the fortunes of the Orange and Blue. Also, when I was a journalism student at UF in the 1970s, he once was a guest lecturer for one of my classes in the old Stadium. I had the pleasure of talking with him and having him sign my copy of his excellent book on the history of Gator football. He was generous with his time and advice for a student soon to enter the world of journalism. Thank you, Tom McEwen, for all that you did to make Tampa, and Florida, a better place.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Ginny, this is Beth Graves Davis from Gainesville back in the 60's, now Clearwater. So sorry for your loss of your Dad. What a wonderful life he gave you and had himself. Surely the strength of his community will be felt.
I cannot express how important reading Tom's columns during my formative years in the Tampa area was in entertaining and educating me. I felt that Tom believed, as do I, that sports teach, inspire and unite in ways that other disciplines struggle to accomplish. Tom would stir all of my emotions with his wonderful writing style. I pray for his family and will miss his writings but know I am better because of him!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time for the loss of a beloved man.
After 30 years in the Tampa Bay area Tom McEwen is MR. SPORTS-dependable, reliable and always told it like it was. I will truly miss your articles and commentaries. My deepest condolences to your family.
I grew up in Tampa in the '70s, and have lived in every major market in Florida and several out of state since. He was the best sports columnist I ever read. Period. Thanks for the Bucs, Bulls and Super Bowls. He will be greatly missed.
My condolences to the McEwen family on the loss of their beloved husband and father. I attended King High School with Tom's daughter, Virginia in the Class of 1968. I always enjoyed Tom's sports columns and especially remember calling him in 1970 from my home in Rhode Island to determine if Thomas Owens was a victim of the Witchita State football plane crash. Tragically, Tom Owens did perish in that horrible event. Tom McEwen's own grief was apparent and his compassion at that time was comforting to me.
When I think of you a smile comes to my face. You were a great man. You had such leadership ability, a great sense of humor and was a wonderful boss.
There are few people that can put "benchmark" lifetime moments in people's lives and you were one of them for me.
You will be missed by so many.
Our condolences to your beloved family and friends. We are so sorry for your loss.
Joseph and Elizabeth Lazzara, Apollo Beach, FL
You will be dearly missed. I pray for you and your family members.
When I think of you a smile comes to my face. You were such a great boss, had a wonderful sense of humor and were such a great man. There are few people that can put a "benchmark" moment in other people's lives and you are one of them for me.
You will be missed by so many!!
Our condolences to your beloved family and friends.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Joseph and Elizabeth Lazzara , Apollo Beach, Florida
Tom McEwan not only was sports in Tampa but was sports in Florida. I can assure you that his columns were read not only by his fellow citizens of Tampa but also by journalism students and sport enthusiasts in Orlando, Gainesville, Lakeland and anywhere they cared about the Tampa Bay Bucs, The Tampa Bay Rowdies and his beloved Florida Gators. We will certainly miss Tom. Although I didn't know him personally, I feel like I lost an old friend.
Tom McEwen was one in a million. I was fortunate enough to get hired to work for him right out of college in 1972 and he did a whole lot for me. It's amazing the number of great sports figures who walked into our department to chat with Tom during my two years there. My condolences to his family.
His descriptions of his breakfast every morning used to make my mouth water! Greatest sports writer of all time. We were blessed to have him in our area. God's speed Tom, you will be missed.
I had the pleasure of working with Tom for 10 years at the Tampa Tribune. He was one of the kindest and fairest men I have ever known. He made the newspaper a better place to be by simply being there. He will be greatly missed.
I haven't seen Tom in a long time. I have missed him and now more than ever. He was truly my mentor. I owe much of my success to his guidance, support, talent and confidence in me. Three years working for him in Gainesville and a few more with the Tribune rank among the best in my life. Tribune Sports - Tom, Jim Selmon, Bill Kirby and the rest - forever will be in my heart. Bless you Linda and the rest of the family. The Bull Gator is now with the Angels.
Sometimes a cliche is a perfect fit. Tom McEwen was one of a kind. Growing up in the Tampa Bay area, and spending more than 40 years in Florida journalism, including a spell in the Tribune newsroom, made you realize how special Tom was, a devoted newspaperman who loved his town.
I admired him for the last 50 years. He was "The Man" in Tampa Bay sports and we owe him so much. God Speed Tom!
I enjoyed reading his columns for years.
My condolence to you, Sean, Christopher, and family. Your dad is one of the reasons we are the sport enthusiasts we all are. Tampa and the sports world will miss him.
You Were Mr. Tampa Tom You Were The Best RIP Mr. Tom Mcewen
He WAS sports in Tampa. Without him there would be no Bucs, no Rowdies, no Rays, no Lightning, no Super Bowls. Every single morning since I could read, I immediately opened up the Tribune to the "The Morning After". Best of wishes to Linda, Gabby, and Elissa from my sister Suzanne and me.
Having had the opportunity to live in several great cities in our country and read many great columnists, there was no one, NO ONE, that I looked forward to reading as much as Tom McEwen. Sometimes he would anger, many times he would humor but always he would inform.
This weekend I will make sure to eat two eggs, a slice of bacon, toast with a dab of mayo and slice of fresh tomato and follow it with a bite of mouth-cleansing cantaloupe.
May God comfort all of you at this time.
To the McEwen family, our thoughts are with you now. We were very lucky to have known him. Growing up in Tampa, he was a household name in our family. He is "The Greatest Sports Writer".
Our father had the utmost respect for Tom. He shared many stories of wonderful memories with Tom.
The Gomez girls, Lynda, Daphne, Toni and Melanie
Farewell to the greatest Sports writer and finest human being.I consider myself privileged to have known him socially and as a patient.Rest in Peace,Tom
To the McEwen Family,
Though I no longer live in Tampa, I was just as sad to learn of Tom's passing. My mind went immediately to his breakfast menu and the way he made me salivate reading the lead in to his column. Tampa was very lucky that Tom chose it has his home. I know your family will hear from many in the coming days, but please know the love I feel for a man I never knew personally is and will remain strong. The Tampa Bay area owes a lot to the McEwen family and I am sure Tom will be rewarded for his good deeds in Heaven.
During my years with the Gators and in Tampa, Tom always made me feel like I was part of the family. It was super to talk to him again at this year's Outback Bowl Gala. One of the All-Time Great's as a person and in the sports world.
Dear Linda and family:
God Bless Tom and your family. Tom's passing is like the closing of a chapter in Tampa's history. He was the clarion voice of community progress through sports for decades. As much as any person, he helped frame the discussion then moved the debate on making Tampa and the Tampa Bay area a big league community. I relished the opportunity to work with him on getting the Ice Palace done and RJS. I am glad that I got to visit with Tom and you all along with David LeFevre at the XO club a few months past. That building, and so many other great venues and events, are a tribute to his civic passion.
Dear Linda and Family,
I was so saddened to hear that Tom had past away. After being part of your family of 20 years while working at McEwen Travel we certainly had some great times and I always enjoyed Tom's columns and his breakfast bonus. I know how much he loved to travel the world with you and how much you loved each other. Just know that he is in God's arms now and he is being well taken care of. I know you will miss him dearly. My prayers are with your entire family at this time.
You were, are and always will be Tampa sports. Thank you for the breakfast menus, the laughter, for sharing the frustrations and celebrations of every win or loss by our beloved BUCS, BOLTS & RAYS! You sir were simply are best!
OVER 7 OR SO DAY OLD BLOMIN ONION STRAWS, HALF A PRESSED CUBAN FROM ALESSI, LEFT-OVER GLOB OF MAMA MIA'S LASAGNE, A FEW WELL PLACED SCOUPS OF GUAVA PASTE ON ANYTHING, THEN, AN ICED LONG NECK OF ART'S BEST BUDWIESER, THESE BREAKFAST BONUSES. WE HAD A LOT OF GOOD FUN OLD TOM. I KNOW THAT YOU VALUED MY FRIENDSHIP BECAUSE YOU NEVER USED ME AS GRIST FOR YOUR COLUMN. INSTEAD, YOU ELEVATED THE SOLOMONS' AND THE MATUSZAKS' THEY NEED THE PROPS. THANX OLD FRIEND. HOW CHAGRINED WE BOTH WERE WHEN I MOTORED US OUT TO DAVE STEWARTS' GOLF COURSE IN TRINITY FOR A TOURNAMENT AND LO AND BEHOLD IF IT WASN'NT IN YOUR HONOR. SPONSORED BY THE 62 OR SO WRITERS YOU MENTORED. ONLY BUSTER AGLIANO MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT THERE WAS SOMETHING FISHY ABOUT THAT. REMEMBER OLD TOM WHEN WE BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE, OR AT LEAST THE DOOR, AT THE "LEADERSHIP TAMPAS" PAUL HOGAN ROAST? SURELY YOUR CUP RANNETH OVER. YOU ARE AN EXAMPLE OF A LIFE WELL LIVED OLD TOM. KUDOS. YOU LEAVE A LEGACY OF FAMILY, FRIENDS, CIVIC EVENTS,AS WELL AS, A CORRAL OF WRITERS THAT BLOSSOMED UNDER YOUR TUTELAGE. WHILE FRANK KLEIN IS HANGING OUT THE MORNING MENTIONABLES YOU CAN HAVE A "POP" WITH COACH FRYZEL. THATS NICE.....NOW WHERE'S THAT BOTTLE OF BUD.
After every Bucs game I opened the Monday Tampa Tribune and read what Tom thought about the game. The Breakfast Bonus was required reading. 'Hey Tom' the social media of the 80's & 90's. He wrote like he was writing to you personally. That's what made him great. We have lost a true icon in Tampa today. He lived a wonderful life and I have no doubt he got a pass to the front of the line to heaven. Rest in peace Tom, Tampa loves you!!
Tom's contributions to Sports and Tampa throughout his career will be endless. But my very special personal memories of him when I worked in the newsroom are my favorite - his sense of humor, his "life" advice and the laughter he brought to my every work day.
He was proud of his family.
He was a kind and generous friend.
Tom McEwen loved sports and he loved Tampa Bay. Those of us who cheer for the Bucs, the Rays and the Lightning owe him a huge debt for putting this area on the sports map. Condolences to his family and friends.
He will never be forgotten. He was a great man and a great writer.
Tom was the most interesting and entertaining sports columnist. We Tribune circulation employees back in the 70's, 80's and 90's knew that Tom's columns sold newspapers! And, we were proud to deliver and sell news created by such a great sports editor.
Linda and Gabriella - So sorry to hear about Tom. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. I'm having breakfast tomorrow in honor of Tom - chilled Florida orange juice, two eggs straight-up and broken over yellow grits, three slices of bacon, two slices of buttered toast with apple jelly, and a glass of champagne.
The world will awake tomorrow minus one great character. I consider myself fortunate to have known him at all. I'm sure he would tell us (in his own unique way,) to move on and not waste too much time mourning for some old guy from Tampa. Let him live on forever in our memories and our countries history.
He was an amazing individual and he will be missed by many.
I GREW UP IN THE ERA OF TOM SILER,RAYMOND JOHNSON,GRANTLAND RICE,FURMAN BISHER,FRED RUSSELL AND OYHER SOUTHERN SPORTS WRITERS. NONE COULD COMPARE TO TOM.I MOVED HERE IN 1985 AND DON'T THINK I EVER MISSED ONE OF TOM'S ARTICLES.HIS MEMORIALS TO LEADERS WERE HIS FINEST.MY BREAKFAST MENU WILL CHANGE. HE WAS SPECIAL AND WILL BE MISSED.
Tom, your passing has made the world a little smaller and a whole lot less interesting. One of your greatest fans while growing up in Tampa, I will truly miss reading those great sports articles you once shared with so many of us. I especially would like to thank you for calling an old friend of yours many years ago, Coach Don Williams, and suggesting he throw his name in the selection hat and then becoming the first basketball coach at USF.
May God bless your Linda and bring comfort to your family.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of the great Tom McEwen. I always enjoyed his columns, especially his "Breakfast Bonus." My husband Dean and I will always remember the hospitality he and his wife Linda showed the Trib sports staff at the annual get-together at the McEwen home. He was a consummate professional in every sense of the word, and a true Southern gentleman. There will never be another like him, and my prayers and thoughts are with Linda and the McEwen family.
Tom was absolutely an example of the best Tampa had to offer. I had the chance to meet him as a kid an I've admired him ever since. I have in my home office a framed copy of the sports page cover of the Bucs first win which was done on special paper that doesn't yellow. He gave to my mother to give to me when I was in elementary school and I've cherished it ever since. Great man, great legacy.
Toms' family we are so sorry he passedaway, We loved his articles in the paper, I met him at ball game and he was wonderful, too my childern.Wanted you to know how we appreciated him.
again we are sorry he passed, he will be miss.Flora Taylor and Family.
I have only known Tom and Linda for a short time, but now to have known him makes me a very lucky person. I am so sorry for the family's loss. Linda, your quote in the paper was correct, he is no longer suffering. He will be deeply missed
My interview for a copy editing job at The Tampa Tribune in 1987 was down to me meeting Tom McEwen in his office that looked more like a man-cave.
Naturally, I was nervous. I knew of McEwen, both from reading the Morning After as sports-junkie kid and from seeing him in The Tribune hallways when I was a copy-runner in the early ‘80s while in college.
I was waiting in his office when he arrived. We exchanged pleasantries and then he quickly scanned my resume.
“What high school did you attend?’’
Then I quickly and sincerely added:
“Larry Smith (former Gator and NFL running back) was one of my idols growing up. He graduated from Robinson. I still have an autographed picture that my mom’s boss, (local businessman) Lee Altman, arranged to have sent to me.’’
Then I mentioned how my older brother went to Robinson with former pro wrestler “Dirty’’ Dick Slater.
I figured name-dropping can’t hurt in an interview. Well it didn’t. I got the job, but not before we spent some time talking about local sports, idols, landmarks and everything Tampa and Florida.
That was Tom McEwen. He was Tampa. He was Florida. He will be missed.
I worked at the the paper in the early 90's in IT and got to know Tom and enjoyed talking with him some much about baseball and just about every day things, he was look a father to me and some of the others around the building by the river. RIP Tom.
Tom, I never met you, but you guided my sports knowledge from the moment I arrived in the area. Thank you for giving the area such a rich life in all sports, and life in general. Enjoy yourself up there with St Peter, hope I manage to get up there too, just to shake your hand.
Once again, Thank You.
Hey Tom, Thanks so much for all the stories. lunches and most of all for being a great friend. I am so happy to have been a guest in your home and that you made my son feel right at home, it is something he talked about for so long. And most of all thanks for making This the most wonderful palce to liive, may god bless you, Linda and your loved ones.
Thanks Gerry Brisco
An avid, reader of his column, I received a personal and friendly reply from him when I wrote to comment on the huge breakfast of a local wrestler in his ever present "Breakfast Additive" at each column's end. I later met him and his brothers, Atty. "Red" McEwen at a funeral wake and we had a nice conversation about those breakfasts.
Simply the BEST. Love you Tom!!!!!!
Tom did it his way, not by anyone else' s playbook. Journalists hope to make some impact with their work. Tom literally created Tampa as a major league sports town. It is a remarkable achivement never to be repeated. I was honored to play a small role in Tom's selection for the USF journalism hall of fame and creation of a scholarship in his name. My condolences to his family.
It was during my stint as the Tribune's University of Florida beat writer (1997-2004) that I learned firsthand what a gracious, benevolent human being Tom was. Though I was a young "hack," Tom introduced me to every dignitary we encountered in an SEC press box, and he seemed to do it proudly. Though unquestionably the most influential sports personality Tampa has known, he made time for the little guy. To be able to cover the greatest Florida-FSU game ever played (1997 in Gainesville) alongside Tom McEwen remains one of my proudest moments in journalism. My sincerest prayers for the family.
What a sad day it is. I still remember starting my morning everyday when I was young by reading his columns, which always began by describing the most audacious breakfast. His literate and witty style will be greatly missed.
The only man I was ever in awe of. When I met him I so wanted an autograph but couldn't ask for it. Linda, I'm so sorry for your loss. For all of our loss.
Condolences to Linda, Rick, and the rest of the McEwen family. Those of us who knew him were better for it. I mourn the loss and celebrate the life of a true icon of sports journalism and civic activism.
In 1960, three days after I graduated from Plant High School, Tom McEwen gave me my first job as a vacation sub in the Tampa Times sports department. Later that summer, he made me the sports stringer at the University of Florida. The rest of my 39-year career in the newspaper business, including my part of a Pulitzer Prize and my editorship of the Philadelphia Inquirer, would have not been possible without that first break. I owe him everything.
Thank you Tom. For everything.
As a Tampa native, I grew,along with so many others,up reading The Morning After. I looked forward to what was for breakfast and often asked my mother to make the same menu. But more than that he taught me about those sports girls were not suppose to have an interest. Not only was he a great writer but a speaker as I had the opportunity to hear many times. Tampa and the Bay area has lost a great person but we know the HEAVEN TRIBUNE has just gained a great writer! If he has his way, the next professional team will be from Heaven.
Tom was a friend and mentor from the day I first met him. When I was a "rookie" in Tampa, Ton's advice was invaluable and today is the same advice I give to newcomers in Tampa and every where else.I am sad that he is not here with us any more but my heart smiles with so many wonderful memories. tommy
My father was a big Tarpon fisherman until his death in 1977. Some of my earliest memories are of reading the Tarpon stories Mr. McEwen wrote. The untimely death of a friend from one of the Tarpon fishing families led Mr. McEwen to write a very poignant article that tied the history of Tampa Tarpon fishing with the tragic loss of Doug Kersey, that article makes me cry to this day. Mr. McEwen was all class, and I will miss his articles and his sense of Tampa sports history.
Tom made us all better people just by knowing him. We've lost a legend and a friend.
Tom was a great Gator and a great writer. That makes at least two in sports heaven. He will be missed on earth. He was a true wit. Bobby Hicks will be there to greet him too!
Susan Norton Curtis
daughter of Pete Norton who initiated "The Morning After"
His son, Rick, and I are like brothers. He was one of my Dad's closest friends. He watched over me and guided me in my early days at Tampa Jai-Alai. But, I will never forget Tom's support whenever I had a problem or needed some help. He was always there and never hesitated to lend that guiding hand. Now, he can go fishing again with Salty.
One should never forget his roots and Tom McEwen and his staff at the Tampa Tribune championed University of Tampa sports and a 23-year old SID with a national championship soccer team and a new basketball program. Thanks for everything you did for me, UT and Tampa, Tom. RIP.
There are so many things to admire about the great Tom McEwen. As a young woman in the man's sport of professional sports car racing (PR). He treated me with utmost respect, which truly touched me when it was I who so revered him. But over the 25 or so years, what really impressed me was his ability to get things done. Instrumental in Tampa Bay's getting the Bucs, Bolts, Rowdies and Rays franchises, he loved sports and Tampa. Linda, Rick, Ricky, our hearts go out to you as you mourn the passing of one who gave so much. I thank you for sharing him with us.
Thanks For Your Time.
AM SORRY ABUT MR MCEWEN,I HAD RECENTLY TALKED TO HIM AND HIS WIFE .HE WAS A FRIEND OF MY COUSIN JESSE OUTLAR ,WHO WAS A SPORTS EDITOR WITH THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, AND WHO ALSO RECENTLY DIED .I DID NOT KNOW TOM WAS SO CLOSE TO DEATH, BUT HE EXPRESSED SORROW ABOUT JESSE. WE MOVED HERE IN 1964 FROM GEORGIA ,AND HE WAS TRIBUNE SPORTS WRITER AND WE ALWAYS ENJOYED HIS BANTER ABOUT THE SPORTS. JESSE TOLD ME HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF HIS AND I CALLED HIM TO LET HIM KNOW THAT,AND HE SAID "YES, JESSE WAS A FRIEND OF MINE." TO MRS MCEWEN, WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. GOD HAS HIM IN HIS HANDS NOW,.GOD BLESS YOU AND THE FAMILY. MAXINE & JOHNNY HAMMOND
Occasionally someone would say to me that Tom McEwen had said I was his favorite emcee at banquet functions (other than himself, for Tom had no peer as an emcee, eoulogist or writer). I'd just smile and say, "Thanks," never admitting that I knew Tom was really referencing that person with identical name as mine, the Executive VP of Marketing for Anheuser Busch. (I met that person for the first time at Art Pepin's wake at the same Higgins Hall where Tom will be remembered. We agreed we must be cousins from County Donegal). We also agreed that Tom believed folks from Wachula had a language all their own. A farewell to Tom with the Wachula version of "God bless, or God speed,"....Babaloo, good buddy, Babaloo.
Tom had many great accomplishments, but I remember him best as a patient boss. As a page designer and copy editor on his original Tribune staff, I frequently wrestled with deadlines. Tom repeatedly bailed me out of fights with the composing room during my 14 years of working for him.
I want to send sincere condolences to Linda and the rest of the McEwen family.
One of my first jobs at the Tribune included typing in all the "Hey Tom" letters and then delivering them to Tom at his Davis Islands home every Friday. The letters were plentiful and mostly overflowing with compliments for something Tom had written that week. The love his readers had for him was matched by his love for this town. As a Tampa native, thank you Tom for always putting our great city in such a warm light. And thank you for allowing a fellow Gator to discover herself and her love of sports writing. Babaloo!
Other than my parents and sister, no one has had as much of an impact on my life as Tom. I owe what has turned into a 38-year sports journalism career to him and for that I am forever indebted. He gave a wet-behind-the-ears 25-year-old the opportunity to help him run the Tribune sports department in 1975, the same year the Bucs were born (thanks to Tom). We worked as a team for 10 years and the lessons have stayed with me for a lifetime. His humor, the fun atmosphere he created for a young staff and the lessons he taught us all have stayed with me forever. I'll never forget meeting my childhood hero, Ted Williams, in the early 80s and, upon nervously introducing myself and telling a man who didn't like sports writers where I worked, he said, 'do you know Tom McEwen. I like that guy, can you introduce me to him?" I did and I thought Teddy Ballgame was going to break Tom's arm as he enthusiastically shook hands with Tom and told him how much he loved his writing (with a few expletives thrown in). No single person has done as much for Tampa sports than Tom did. I send my love and best wishes to Linda and the rest of the family.
Tom Mcewen was a real credit to the Tampa Tribune and to the sports world. He was a real gentleman!
Tom Vann - former Tampa City Councilman.
It wasn't long after I joined the Tribune in 1986 that I realized Tom's influence throughout Tampa Bay and nationally. He was a staunch proponent of the area, and a good word from Tom in his column carried weight in every major sports league. He made coming to work fun and interesting because you never knew what major sports or political figure would pop into his office. Rest in peace, Good Sir. Condolences to Linda and your family.
We are with you in this time of sadness. I cannot begin to tell you how much my family loves you and Tom. He was such a great friend to my dad. May the two of them reunite in a better place and be happy!
Brian and Heather Creane
As a kid, I always wanted to eat one of his breakfasts. As an adult I did. He was a unique person, one of the greatest sports writers ever, and had more to do with the Bay area evolving into a major sports center than anyone else. I never missed his columns. No other sports writer (or any other kind of writer) would relate the story about his being nicknamed "Puke." My Aunt Eloise played bridge with his brother Red.
It was an honor to work with a dedicated sports writer that reported the sports to all over Tribune land readers. I had the privilege to meet him at the old Tribune building on the copy boy desk to the current building when I was a circulation manager. Your stories helped contribute to the great circulation gains during a time THE TAMPA TRIBUNE was known for the best sports coverage in the state. Your funny jokes at our annual circulation management seminar's kept us at awe !
The Tampa Bay area will miss a great sports writer in our time ! God Bless.
The Bay Area has lost a great person and sports editor. My late husband and I are so fortunate to have been a part of his world. God speed Tom, and my deepest condolences to his family and friends he left behind. "So long from the Sunshine State"
Tom was the single most influential man in the history of sports in Tampa. He not only reported on the most significant sports events in the Tampa Bay area, but his journalistic influence helped to bring those big events here. He gave many aspiring young sports writers an opportunity to develop their craft and mentored them along the way. His own writing style was masterful, unique and colorful. He painted a picture with words and provided insights, perspectives and angles to a story beyond the obvious. He was creative and prolific. He was one of a kind. I'm so very proud to have known and worked for such a great man. Tom, you'll always be a part of Tampa's Field of Dreams. We will all miss you.
Linda and the McEwen Family our prayers go with you. Tom was such a "gentelman". He never forgot the little guy. His ability to capture the fabric and thread of the Tampa community was so unique. We have truly lost a giant.
I'll be looking for a "mouth cleansing" Plant City strawberry!
My first year at the Tribune was Tom's last as sports editor. Although I didn't work directly for Tom, he still had a huge influence in my career, Rest in Peace Tom and prayers to the McEwen family
Much love to Linda and family. Thanks for sharing Tom with us all these years. I am proud to have worked for and alongside him. Take care and take in.... all the people who have been so touched by Tom.
An Irish blessing from a couple of Domers -- Joe Doyle and John Fineran. Tom, thanks for your friendship, and even more, thanks for what you did for your hometown. Now make sure George is behaving himself in Heaven.
I'm so sorry to hear that Mr. Thomas has died. The only thing I could say, that he was a great person and friend. Mr. Thomas I will miss you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. I give my condolence to The Mcewen Family. Rest in peace Mr. Thomas.
TOM WAS THE "GREATEST OF ALL TIME" ..... HE WAS TAMPA
May Mr. Mcewen rest in peace with the Lord. I will never forget the wonderful eulogy he wrote about my father when he passed away in 1972. He was a wonderful friend of my family and a tremendous asset to our community.
REST IN PEACE MY FISHING BUDDY.
I live in St. Pete and I subscribe to the Times but, I also subscribed to the Tribune for one reason.....Tom McEwen. God bless him and may he rest in peace.
Always read his column first, loved the breakfast bonus ones.God bless Tom and his friends and family.Brian Bell , Riverview
Such nice tributes to your Dad. He has written such great stories. It is so terrific that he has such a history with Tampa sports. Mitch and my thoughts are with you and Kevin.
I, too, owe so much to Tom. A gentlemen and one of the giants of our craft. In our business, the number 30 once represented that the story was done to the best of the writer's ability, that they were proud of the work. - 30, Tom. Well done.
Linda I'm so sorry to hear about Tom. I truly enjoyed our visit at your home with the both of you. Tom meant so much to me.
Tom was such a fantastic sports writer. I can remember my Dad starting the day reading the Tribune sports section. It was from Tom M. that I learned about sports and could discuss them with my dad. Back then girls didn't do this. Between the two of them I became well versed in Gator lore. He will be missed.
I had the honor of working for him for just under 14 years and the past aeveral months was part of Saint Leo University as we honored this Tempa Bay Legend. He picked our great University to housae his favorite awards, pictures and stories. Saint Leo honored him recently with an honorary degree at graduation.He was a great man, a great Christian, a great wife, father and friend.May God be with his wife Linda, his children and the rest of his family during this time.
It was an honor and privilege to serve, and get to know you, and your lovely wife, Linda, these past couple of years at the St. Pete Times Forum. I will miss you and think of you every time I pass by your seats next season.
"Babaloo!" and God Speed Mr. McEwen.
I loved reading his Breakfast Bonus Articles and yes, Tampa has lost a large legion!!!
Not only did Tom make heroes of folks in the sports world, he made heroes folks in the fishing world.
Tight lines and smooth drags, Tom.
Capt. Bill Miller and family
I was honored to work for him and with him. He had a marvelous sense of humor, he loved to laugh and share it with others, and his contributions to Tampa Bay area sports were beyond measure.
Not enough words to describe what Tom meant to the Tampa Bay Area Sports scene. He waged a good fight right to the end! I'm proud to call him a friend. We waged some wars together and proud of the victories.
God bless you Tom and our prayers and thoughts go out to Linda, Rick and all of the McEwen clan.
Dick and Penny Crippen
Tom is one of the greatest people I've ever met. He did many wonderful things for Tampa Bay as a region and for the people who worked for him. Sitting next to him in the Super Bowl press box for the first time was one of the highlights of my life. Tom will be missed, but his greatness never will be forgotten.
When I first arrived in Tampa during the summer of 1973 to attend orientation at UT, I stepped out of the Silver Meteor at Union Station and purchased a Tampa Tribune to see what the sports guys were saying about the upcoming UT Spartans football season. That's when I first started reading Tom's stories and columns. Because I was new to the Tampa Bay area, Tom provided me everything I wanted to know about sports in Tampa Bay, but was afraid to ask... Back then, Tom was the leader. He had to write tough and fast, as the competition was just as tough from Frank Klein of the old Tampa Times and Hubert Mizell from St. Pete. We will miss you Tom. But now you have a better-than-blimp's view of all the games being played everywhere.
Tom was an exceptional man and will be greatly missed.He made such a difference in so many peoples lives. All my prayers and thoughts go to his family and those that knew him best.
It was Tom McEwen sports coverage that cemented my sports knowledge. Its now that I say to people"yeah, I am a girl who can talk Football plays, the NFL draft and motor sports beyond the color of the jersey's and the looks of the male body with sweat and grime". His columns always made me feel like I was there to see the touchdown or homerun! Thus began my love to read the Tampa Tribune Sports section many times first to see what Tom wrote after a thrilling win for a underdog team or another set of losses in the Bucs early days. In the Fall of 1987, I am Editor of the St.Leo College newspaper"The Monarch". My Sports editor is Pat Yasinskas.. setting the stage for Tom McEwen to take this lad under his wing and guide Pat to a wonderful journalism career. The Legal Field lost a student for law but the Tampa Bay area gained a wordsmith! I hope Pat's Parents have by now forgiven me for the casual remark to Pat to write high school football games in our Senior year at St. Leo! I will miss Mr. McEwen but I find comfort that he is having many of those breakfast meals he described to us; with Bear Bryant, John McKay and the sports notables of yesterday.
My thoughts are with the McEwen family and the Tampa Bay Sports Community and his Sportswriting friends at this difficult time. God Bless.
Cyndee Thomas, Saint Leo 1988, Zephrhills
As a boy I read his columns all the time. I lived up near Gainesville but they still brought the Tribune there until the 80s. He was a great Gator and wonderful guy. He wrote the FIRST great book on the gators. I loved the his writing and his breakfast menus.
What a great ride you had! I am saddened by this, but I will remember your great writing forever. I have been reading Tom's articles since the early 80's, this Tampa Bay area owes you a huge Thank You!
Many of us learned much from Tom, particularly about honesty and kindness. We'll miss him very much.
My thoughts and prayers are with Linda, and all of the McEwen family, and Tom's many friends. He will be greatly missed! Sports fans across the nation will fondly recall memories of Tom, as one of the Tampa Bay area's best treaures. He was THE authority on sports for Tampa and all of the important national and international sporting events.
May the Lord bless and keep you during this difficult time. Sending you love and hugs from afar.
Your mere presense on the field presume for the Seattle at Tampa Bay game in 2008 was partly responsible for inspiring me to write about the Bucs myself, starting my own blog eventually at Bucstop.com. My fond wishes to your family and friends.
I owe so much of my career, my professionalism and work ethic having worked for Tom. Quite simply, Tom McEwen was a journalism giant. I am proud to have worked for him. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda, the McEwen family and Tampa Trib family.
Writers today will use a lot of words to describe Tom McEwen upon his death. But there are people who don't need adjectives. Let me writer your lead: "Tom McEwen died last night."
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
It is with tremendous regret and sadness that I have learned today of the passing of my old boss and mentor, Tom McEwen. I was just a young kid out of high school when I first came to the Tribune wanting to be a sports writer. Tom gave me a chance and for that, I am truly indebted and graciously humbled for having had the experience. I spent just over 13 years at the Tribune and I can say now - some 30 years after the fact - that those years were among the best (and most fun) that I have spent in my professional career. I'm a teacher now, teaching young high schoolers how to write, and hopefully becoming a mentor to some of them, as Tom certainly was to me. I want to express my sincere condolences to Linda and the rest of the McEwen family over the passing of this great and influential man. The city of Tampa and greater Tampa Bay area have lost a giant. I have lost a mentor, collegue and friend. Rest in peace, Tom, and keep writing those breakfast bonuses. I can almost taste them now.
Tom was a nice man and a talented writer. He also is a significant part of the history of Tampa Bay sports....and he helped make the scene what it is today. God bless him and we were all lucky to have had him around us.
Farewell to the gentleman who showed me and so many others how much fun sportswriting could (and should) be. Safe home, Tom. Thank you for the memories and opportunities, and for the great things you added to "this wonderful place in which we live." Babaloo!
I always enjoyed reading McEwen's column and commentary. What a great sports writer, sportsman, and GATOR. Vaya Con Dios.
To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. I only met him once and he was a true gentleman. The readers will miss him.
Rest in Peace
ALTHOUGH I ONLY MET MR MCEWEN ONE TIME AT THE OLD PHILLIPS FIELD, I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED HIS COLUMNS IN THE PAPER, HE WAS A GREAT GUY ,,,, AND I ON WISH HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE, AND AT PEACE.
I loved working with Tom years ago at the Tribune. He was a kind and fun man, along with all his accomplishments.
Hey, Tom! Thank you for your lifetime of dedication and motivation. God bless you as you Rest in Peace!
Thanks for all you did to make Tampa Bay a Major League sports market, Tom. I'll remember and salute you this fall as I stand @ my Sierra Club recycling post @ Raymond James Stadium's Gate C, facing "Tom McEwen Blvd." None of this, Rays, Bucs & Bolts, and yes, the Rowdies, too, would have been here without your cheerleading and your unmatched ability to make those key connections 40 years ago. Hey Tom, thanks for everything your did to make this wonderful community such a fun place to live.
Thank you, Tom, for being so kind to a then-lowly Trib corro in 1995 and later inviting me to your home and welcoming me to Bucs games. You lived a magnificent life, one we can only envy. One can only imagine what breakfast is like up there. Rest in Peace, Sir.
thanks Tom you were great
I worked at the Tribune and knew Tom. He was a great guy. He will be missed very much.
My mentor, my hero, my colonel. He was a Giant among sports journalists and led the charge to make Tampa Bay the sports mecca it has become. His rich sense of humor and earthy wisdom flowed from a soul molded by his humble Polk County roots. Our lives were enriched by his touch. Under his wings I survived high school, the University of Florida, the National Guard, the Tampa Tribune and the Camp Blanding wars … I was blessed by the years I was fortunate enough to stand in his shadow. I wish I had been a better friend ... LT Vernon Barchard.
Tampa has lost a legend. I really enjoyed the sports section when Tom has his commentary. He always told it like it was. Tom you will missed.
They don't have columnists like Tom any longer.
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Sorry to hear about your dad. We are with you brother.
Ross the Spartan
A tip of the hat and thanks to Mr. McEwen for sharing so much with readers over the years. You will be missed.
May God hold all who love you in the palm of His loving hand. God bless.
Tom was the greatest and like a dad to me. When I was 14, I began a photography career taking sports pictures for The Tampa Tribune. Mr. McEwen, as I called him back then, insisted I bring my film straight to him. When he saw me, he would sit up in his chair and return a very welcoming smile. He always honored me with respect, treating me as if I were a member of his valued sports staff.
He was very serious about sports and the Tampa Bay area owes this man a great debt for being instrumental in bringing major sports teams to us. I am indebted to him for making me feel very special as a young guy in a world that normally crushes all but the very seasoned and wise.
Good Bye, Mr. McEwen!
As a lifelong Tampa resident I'll never forget Tom's Breakfast Bonus, unique writing style, and love for the Gators. I remember reading his columns when I was 10 years old.
I'll never forget running into him at a Lightning game after they won game 7 to win the Stanley Cup vs Calgary. He said, "It's about time the fans finally start appreciating this team.". Being the Tampa sports fan that he was, I'm glad he got to see both the Buc's and Lightning win a championship.
Great man great writer always helpful and an icon in our industry God bless his family
chuck swirsky Chicago bulls
My condolence to the McEwen family. My dad Gordon Solie always talked of Tom so fondly and had so many stories of there friendship. Thank you for being there when my father Past. May you two meet in Heaven again. You are a true Gentleman.