Montville - Thomas W. Alquist, 63, of Oakdale, beloved husband of Vickie Alquist, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 10, 2014.
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He was born Nov. 13, 1950, in Norwich, the son of the late Arthur S. and Annabelle M. Alquist. He grew up in Montville, attending local schools. He was a star athlete at Montville High School and URI. After graduation from Montville High School in 1968, he attended the University of Rhode Island, graduating in 1972 with a degree in physical education. He taught physical education in Montville schools for 10 years. He also was head basketball coach and assistant football coach at Montville High School. He led his Montville High School team to the ECC Championship.
After leaving teaching, he became part owner of the Brown Derby Bar & Restaurant. He worked in all capacities of the business for over 30 years. Also during this time, he was associate head coach for basketball at St. Thomas Moore School for 22 years.
For many years, he vacationed in Gulfport, Fla., where his family had a home. One of his favorite spots to visit was Fort DeSoto in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he enjoyed miles of endless surf and sand.
In his free time, Tom played golf with his brother, Butch, and a group of close friends. He also loved to go out on his boat at Lake Oxoboxo and entertain at his lakeside home. He was an avid Tampa Bay Rays and Bucks fan. He was also a member of the Montville Polish Club.
In addition to his beloved wife, Vickie, he is survived by his brother, Arthur "Butch" Alquist and wife, Pat; sister, Sally Palmer and husband, Roger; stepdaughter, Carie Bernard; and by nephews, Christopher and Adam Alquist.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, at the Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen; burial will follow in Comstock Cemetery.
In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
To leave a message of condolence for Tom's family, please visit www.montvillefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Day on Mar. 14, 2014