ALQUIST, Thomas D. "Tommy"
Thomas D. "Tommy" Alquist, 92, beloved husband of the late Antoinette "Toni" (Lepore) Alquist went to be with his wife and showbiz friends Sunday, (October 12, 2008). He was born in Portland son of the late John and Bridget (Connelly) Alquist and lived in Hartford and Wethersfield before moving to West Hartford in 1986. Tommy was an accomplished musician and worked as a stage entertainer and an emcee, he performed comedy routines in the RKO vaudeville act playing to theaters in the New York City area and on the New England Poli Circuit. He was also known in the local area for his many benefit shows with the Insurance Clubs Entertainment Bureau and the Jane Hart Cheer Troupe. He was affiliated with Aetna Life and Casualty where he worked as a receptionist for 30 years. He appeared in company produced sales/educational and motion pictures. During the 1940's before joining the Aetna, Tommy and his late wife Toni, toured with the Sparks Circus in press-radio promotional capacities. He was known as the "The Voice of the Sparks Circus" as he introduced stars of the Big Top on radio stations in large cities on the tour. He was personal friends of some of the biggest entertainers, his friendships included Ed Begley, Sr., Gene Krupa and Karl Wallenda to name a few. He was a communicant of St. Timothy's Church, West Harford where he received many certificates of appreciation and was named St. Timothy's Man of the Year, he was awarded the Archdiocesan Medal of St. Joseph in 2004. Tommy also served as local manager of several theaters, The Princess, The Regal and The Allyn Theater in Hartford. He was a contributing writer for the Farmington Valley Herald where he wrote about showbiz personalities. He was a ghost writer for M. Oaklee Stafford of the Hartford Courant. He is survived by his devoted daughter Mary Ann Fortin and her husband David of West Hartford, two grandsons, Jason D. Fortin of Arlington, MA and Jonathan T. Fortin and his wife Stephanie of Cohasset, MA, several nieces, nephews and longtime friends. He was predeceased by two brothers, Earl and Clifford Alquist. The funeral will be Friday, October 17, 10 a.m. in St. Timothy's Church, 1116 No. Main St, West Hartford, friends are asked to go directly to the church. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. Friends may call Thursday, 4-7 p.m. at Dillon-Baxter Funeral Home, 1276 Berlin Tpke. Wethersfield. Contributions in his and Toni's memory may be made to: Leukemia Society, 300 Research Pkwy. Suite 310, Meriden, CT 06450 or to a charity of the donor's choice. To share a memory with the family, please visit, www.dillonbaxter.com.