Tom Foley, age 80 passed away July 1st, 2019 in Scottsdale AZ. He was the husband of Karen Foley. They shared 31 years of marriage together. Tom was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Bertha and Tom Foley. Tom graduated from Seton Hall University in 1962 with a BA in English. Tom served honorably in the US Army Signal Corps, obtaining the rank of Specialist.
Tom has worked for the City of New York for 27 years as a social worker in the Human Resources Administration, serving in the Crisis and Social Assessment Unit, and the Disaster Services Unit. Tom assisted New Yorkers involved in emergencies including, fires, floods, hurricanes, and severe storms; setting up services and coordinating disaster and post disaster recovery. Tom also worked with the homeless population of the city for a number of years in casework and shelter capacities.
Tom was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild/ AFTRA, and Actors Equity Association. Tom acted in more than 50 films for New York City Public Service Television, Screen Actors Guild Television and Movie Productions, as well as commercials, industrials, modeling and print campaigns for companies including Xerox, Chivas Regal, Pillsbury and Coke. He was also the national Burger King dad for several years.
Tom led these two fulfilling careers while spending a great deal of time volunteering for the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City, amassing a collection of playbills from Broadway musicals, and traveling to many countries all over the world. He was also on the committee at The NY Chapter of the Television Arts and Sciences Academy for several years. Tom was a very warm, friendly person with a unique sense of humor. He had a knack for one liner jokes that he came up with on the spot.
Upon meeting his wife Karen and starting a family, Tom retired and relocated to the Poconos of Pennsylvania, where he raised his two sons. Tom was active in the Pocono Irish American Club in many capacities running the regional parades for 12 years. Tom was a member of St. Matthew’s Parish in East Stroudsburg, PA, the Knights of Columbus, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Tom reacquainted himself with his childhood love for cowboys and westerns in the last five years of his life when he relocated to Arizona with his wife Karen, they met numerous people in involved in the wild west of the 1880’s western reenactment events in Arizona. He loved volunteering at the Museum of the West in Scottsdale. He died in HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center surrounded by family.
Tom is preceded in death by his mother Bertha and father Tom. He is survived by his wife Karen, sons Ian and Chris; and siblings, Kathy, Ron, and Patricia.