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“We lost a great person when Tom passed away. I was a student at BHS graduating in 1970. Needless to say I had him as my physical education teacher...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Barry McNeilly - Needham, MA

“Dear Conroy family,I am so sorry to hear this news. I worked with Tom for years at Brookline High School and have fond memories of his jokes and fun...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Susan Stark - Brookline, MA

“To The Conroy Family,My condolences for your loss. I had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Tom as a student, my soccer coach, and colleague at...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Winston Wong - Framingham, MA

“Dear Conroy Family,Tom Conroy was a fabulous coach and an even better person. He was competitive; he had a fire in his belly and he didn't care much...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Peter J. Kaplan - Brookline, MA

“Dear Brian and Family, very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was my gym teacher, soccer coach, coach for my Park League team and friend. He was a...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Harvey Soolman - Medford, MA

“I had the honor and pleasure of playing baseball and soccer for coach Conroy.One of many memories stands out. After miraculously striking out the...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Jim Curtin - Brookline, MA

“Great guy. Wonderful gym teacher, great role model, treated all of us, even the non-athletes with decency, kindness and humor. RIP coach. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Mark Brenner - Worcester, MA

“The Ryan family has special memories of Tom. In particular, we remember the 1979 Dodgers team. Tom had high standards of excellence and his pedagogy...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Eileen Ryan - Needham, MA

“I first had the pleasure of meeting Mr.Conroy in either 1965 or 66 when he was my gym teacher. I was greatly impressed with his knowledge of baseball...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Bobby Waldo - Brookline, MA

10 of 14 | Posted by: Robert Popkin - Brookline, MA

“To the Conroy Family,I met Tom at Brookline High School many years ago. He always had a friendly smile and always had a funny story. He was so proud...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Shirley McDonald - Brookline, MA

“Mr. Conroy was my Soccer Coach at Brookline High in the early 70's. A great Coach and a great guy. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Gary Fay - Lachen, Switzerland

“Coach Conroy was my Soccer Coach at Brookline H.S. He started the program in 1965. I played in 1966 and 1967. There was no Brookline Soccer team at...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Lawrence Fleming - Brookline, MA

14 of 14 | Posted by: MIKE KELLY - NEEDHAM, MA - Friend

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Thomas J. ("Tommy", "Coach", "Redbird") Conroy, 83, of Needham, Ma, passed away at his home on March 26 after a long illness. He was born and raised in West Roxbury, MA, the only child of Thomas and Catherine Conroy. He graduated from BC High, and Springfield College in 1956 and received a Masters from Columbia University. He had two passions in life – his family and sports. Always the athlete, he played baseball, soccer and did gymnastics. He played in the College World Series in 1955. He became a Physical Education teacher first in Dallas, TX, then in Long Island, NY where he met the lovely Veronica Cornell. When he picked her up for their blind date, she looked out the window to see how red the redhead was before making it a go. That first date was going to a batting cage, so Tom could show off his hitting skills while Veronica held his sweater. She was not impressed. None the less, they were engaged 6 months later and were married for 57 years. They moved to MA in 1965 where he began a long career at Brookline High School as a Physical Education teacher and baseball and championship soccer coach as well as a trainer for the hockey team. He retired in 1995. He spent many years in baseball in Needham as a coach and teacher, running baseball instructional clinics for young athletes. He spent time in the Army Reserves at Ft. Dix alongside Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. He served on the Parks and Rec. Commission in Needham for 8 years. Baseball was his passion and he idolized Ted Williams. He studied all aspects of the game and loved enriching others with his vast knowledge, especially son Brian through his time in the Red Sox organization. Life in Needham was always entertaining with Tom. Sports were always central in the family. He was famous for his homemade chili, and his famous backyard skating rink, which he maintained at all hours for late night skating and sledding because of his meticulously crafted flood light system. He loved photography and enjoyed taking pictures in Boston and at Fenway. He created his own home photography studio and took and developed his own pictures. He enjoyed writing poems. Watching Pedro Martinez' dominating performance at the 1999 All Star Game in person at Fenway was a treasured baseball moment. He is survived by his loving wife Veronica, always by his side, and three children, Brian, Maureen and her husband Bill, and Kevin and his wife Janice as well as his grandchildren Hunter, Kevin, Elizabeth, Robert and Kelly. Tom is also survived by his brother in law, Fr. Richard P. Cornell. The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring Hospice nurses and aides, especially Beverly DeWitt, Guerda Seme and Julia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Bartholomew Church, 1180 Greendale Ave, Needham, on Monday, April 2nd at 10am. Interment will follow at Mt. Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom's name may be made to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 100 Trade Center, Suite G500, Woburn MA 01801.