Tom Queenan

Tom Queenan (“TQ”) of Haverhill, MA went to his final rest on Monday, Sept. 15 th
after a lengthy illness.

Tom, 69, had lived in Haverhill and the surrounding area for over 35 years.

He is survived by an extended family and remembered fondly by a broad and varied network of
friends from all walks of life.

One group of friends is comprised of those he made during his lengthy career in the professional
sports/hospitality industry.

From his days at the Blades and Boards Club at the old Boston Garden through his 26 years with
the Red Sox, Tom “rubbed elbows” with many of the City’s most heralded sports stars, and became
friends with many professional athletes.

He also was part of an extraordinary and wonderful “Red Sox Family” comprised of co-workers
and fans alike. From the owners to the ground crew, Tom greeted all with a winning smile and a helping

Tom’s years with the Red Sox took him through disappointing seasons and through the recent
World Series triumphs. No matter the team’s record, he always took pride in his years in “Major League

Along with his family and work related friends, Tom cherished being part of a tight-knit group of
contemporaries (“the guys”) from his old home town, Winthrop.

A 1968 graduate of Winthrop High School, and a stand-out, award-winning goalie for the
Vikings, he was deservedly proud to have been part of the Town’s storied sports heritage. He also
enjoyed recalling the unique opportunity he had while in his early 20’s to serve as a goalie for the Bruins
during a week-long practice stint in Winthrop.

As Tom came into age in the late 60’s and early 70’s, he and “the guys” were part of a very
profound social, musical, and cultural upheaval. Suffice it to say, Tom enjoyed those days to the fullest.

Lastly, as to “the guys,” during his final days, he took great comfort in recollecting time spent
(and misspent) with them. May he rest in Peace.

A Celebration of Life (with a funky soundtrack) will be held when circumstances permit.


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19 Condolences

  1. Michelle & Danny Cannon on September 19, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Sending love and strength to family and friends.

    Tom will be missed but we are glad he is no longer in pain.

  2. Michael conneely on September 19, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I’m glad we got to know Tom we had many fun times and laughs and he was part of our family at the peddler‘s daughter you will be sorely missed may you rest in peace.

  3. Christopher DiGrazia on September 20, 2020 at 2:14 am

    May he rest in peace. A wonderful fellow to talk music with, and I am glad to have been a small part of his life.

  4. Roberta Picariello on September 21, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    So sad, no mention of his children, ex-wife of 27 yrs., his pArents and his siblings!

  5. David Faulkner on September 22, 2020 at 11:32 am

    My brother Jonathan & I were holding his hand when he left this world. Rest In Peace Uncle Tom.

  6. Bill FEllows on September 22, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    To my favorite goalie…see you again on the river’s ice!

    Cousin Bill

  7. Nicole Asselin on September 23, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I am without a doubt glad to have met Tom a few years back. From his quirky sayings to his smart ass remarks, he always kept me laughing. May you rest easy Tom! Love ya “homie” ❤️

  8. Mark Hayden on September 24, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Sad news
    God rest his soul

  9. Sorry to hear on September 24, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Sorry to hear of his passing. What a great life he lived
    May he live in peace

  10. Peter Hedt on September 26, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Going to miss you old friend. . So glad I was able to spend time with you.Lots of good memory’s.

  11. Kevin Murphy on September 27, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    My condolences to his family.
    I knew him through my older brother growing up, and I also knew him very well at the blades and boards at the Boston Garden During the years I had season tickets. I never knew him or saw him mad he always had that great smile.
    May he rest in peace

  12. Walter Dalton on September 27, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    My condolences to the family! He was a great friend of mine. Playing hockey with TQ, he went boating with me for years, hanging out at Pleasant Park Yacht Club and the board &blades at Boston Garden. Will be Missed by all who knew him! Rest In Peace my friend.

  13. Walter Dalton on September 27, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    My condolences to the family! He was a great friend of mine. Playing hockey with TQ, he went boating with me for years, hanging out at Pleasant Park Yacht Club and the board & blades at Boston Garden. Will be Missed by all who knew him! Rest In Peace my friend.

  14. Cathy Williams Parker on September 30, 2020 at 1:45 am

    Barbara I’m very sorry for your loss. I’m glad that your sons were with him. God bless your family.

  15. Helene Gove on September 30, 2020 at 2:02 am

    I am so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. My sincere condolences to all in his family and friends. I remember seeing him in high school ..And… playing sports I know he will be missed.

  16. Jim "Piranha" Reid on October 23, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Tom was my friend and my goalie (I played defense in front of him on the WHS First ever hockey team). Tom and I were always paired in Coach Boyle’s strengthening drills for our “skating muscles” repeatedly pushing each other backward across the practice rink. Tom “Pedery” was his nickname, for his signature “Pedery Hat”, one of the first kids to wear one of those wool knit caps with the earflaps and pompom ties. But my favorite memory of Tom was sitting on the seawall at night, singing with our friend, Pat Honan. We favored (and belted out) such classics as Tony Bennett’s “San Francisco” and Ray Charles’ “Crying Time”. And years later, Tom was tending bar at The Blades and Boards Room at the old Boston Garden on Beanpot night, February 1978, as the disastrous “Blizzard of ’78 roared outside. The radio announced that Winthrop Shore Drive had been closed and shortly thereafter the P.A. announced that the MBTA subway had to be shut down, drawing groans from the thousands of college kids in the stands. I loved Tommy like a brother. I miss his humor, his good nature and his friendship.

  17. Ryhaan Williams on October 26, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Rest in peace TQ, I can still hear your voice calling me a “new YAWKer”, such a wise guy. Grateful to have called you a friend.

  18. Juan C Alvarez on November 6, 2020 at 3:02 am

    I worked with Tom when we worked together at State Street Bank. He was my boss and became good friends. This was back in the 70’s. I only saw Tom only a few more times throughout the years. He was funny and all around nice guy.

  19. Lori Nagle on June 17, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Sorry to hear. But my family did not tell me.

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