Condolence & Memory Journal

I have had the honor of working with TR for only a few years. I found him to be a man of character and honor in his dealings with me and with his professionalism on the field. He always had a great attitude and kept his profession in perspective. He was generous and caring. TR will always be a fixture in my thoughts as I continue umpiring and playing baseball. He will be missed and cannot be replaced.

Posted by Chuck Harper - Brookfield, IL - Friend   September 25, 2018

Baseball is a game with many rites of passage. Players remember their first uniform, their first Heart of the Hide or A2000, and so many other small and wonderful things that baseball players share. In the Chicago Central MSBL, it was a rite of passage the first time TR called you by your name. He seemed to know everyone. If you played in the league long enough, you passed another moment when TR apologized for a bad call. It did not occur often, but it did, and he made you understand that he regretted the mistake. I know that he cared as much about umping a game as I cared about playing it. It seems we all feel his loss. He was a part of our games and a part of our lives for so many years. I cherish my memories of him.

Posted by Joe Bigott - Naperville, IL - Friend   September 22, 2018

As a long time player in the Central Suburban MSBL, TR umpired dozens of my games. He was always fair, impartial & congenial. He knew most of the players by name & was genuinely interested in them. He'll be sorely missed. As Hal Ament says in his message, "Heaven is our real home!" I'll take this call're safe at home!

Posted by George Clam - Plainfield, IL - Friend   September 22, 2018

To a great umpire and friend Rest In Peace Tommy. You will be missed by all. Mike Niedziela

Posted by Mike Niedziela - River grove, IL - Friend   September 21, 2018

Thanks for all the games and laughs, TR. Baseball has always been full of colorful characters and you were certainly one yourself. Always enjoyed our banter when Id catch and you worked the plate. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Posted by Steve Zwemke - Elgin, IL - friend   September 21, 2018

I've played baseball for more than 12 years & got to know Tommy quite well. Every game, he would greet me & we would have nice conversations. He really enjoyed baseball & the interactions with all the players. I couldn't believe he came back to umpping game after some of his serious health issues. What a great guy! I am very proud to have called him a friend!

Posted by David Criter - Downers Grove, IL - Friend   September 21, 2018

I am a catcher in the Chicago Central MSBL. TR looked over my shoulder for decades. He was a great guy and a great umpire. Fair and humble, fun and friendly. And funny! One of the funniest things I have ever seen on a ballfield was something he did. I was giving him some good-natured ribbing between innings and before the batter stepped up, instead of brushing off the plate like he usually did, he swept dirt over it and carefully brushed out a little 3-inch miniature plate. A tough strike zone for my pitcherI laughed the whole inning. Catchers and umps have a bond. His loss has hit me hard. Heartfelt condolences to the family. Rest in peace, TR!!

Posted by Ted Stoik - Elmhurst, IL - Friend   September 21, 2018

To one of the best umpires and one of the nicest people I've ever met... rest in peace, my friend.

Posted by Glenn Luckinbill - Aurora, IL - Friend   September 20, 2018

Tom and I worked a few games years ago doing HS games....always a great person to have as a partner on the game, but also as a friend. Years past and I had the honor of renewing our friendship when my son began playing in the Chicago Central MSBL. He always had a positive attitude on and off the diamond, and knew every player by name. He will be missed by all of the guys who stood in the batters box these past years. RIP my friend, and maybe we'll do a double header again, God Willing ! Russ Pagen, Galena, Illinois

Posted by RUSS PAGEN - GALENA, IL - Friend   September 20, 2018

Tommy will always be a legend in the Chicago Central MSBL. He will be remembered for his upbeat attitude and all around good nature. He always gave it his best and was a pleasure to be around. He will be missed, but remembered fondly. We had a moment of silence before our game last evening, in tribute to Mr. TR. My prayers and condolences to all of the family. Always remember that we are only visitors here, Heaven is our real home! Peace be with you all!

Posted by Hal Ament - Sandwich, IL - Friend   September 20, 2018

Tommy umped my games in the men's league. As a pitcher I got to know Tommy not the umpire but as a great friend and a wonderful person. He was a favorite of all the guys! I'm sure gonna miss him!

Posted by Fitz Fitz - Geneva, IL - Friend   September 19, 2018

Tom is going to be severely missed by all of the Mens senior baseball players. Besides being a great and fair ump, Tom was a friend to everyone on the field. Tom always asked everyone how they were doing, and was more interested in our lives off the field than on. I can't begin to say how much I will miss coming to a game and seeing Tom behind the plate.

Posted by Dave Smith - Naperville, IL - Friend   September 19, 2018