Con­lan, Thomas "Tom"

Star Tribune - - REMEMBERING -

From mea­ger be­gin­nings Tom was raised in a two car garage by his won­der­ful mother Eileen, a strong and de­ter­mined woman who passed on those qual­i­ties to all of her sons in­clud­ing Tom. This drive and his own opin­ion of "I had noth­ing to lose, you couldn’t get any poorer than me" even­tu­ally brought him from the coal docks to Pres­i­dent of River Trad­ing Com­pany, a coal com­pany he be­gan and ran the North for 26 years. He al­ways at­trib­uted his suc­cess to his first and only wife of 43 years, Dorothy, whose love, be­lief in him and his ca­pa­bil­i­ties were never un­wa­ver­ing. Even with great suc­cess, Tom al­ways re­garded his wealth in his fam­ily and friends wisely know­ing how price­less they are. With grand in­flu­ence he threw a large shadow while al­ways mak­ing time for those who would seek ad­vice, men­tor­ship or a help­ing hand. He ab­so­lutely adored his dogs Sparky, Har­ley and Woody. Tom’s wit, comedic tim­ing and abil­ity to tell the sto­ries and ad­ven­tures of his life be­came mes­mer­iz­ing. His pas­sion for speed be­gan at a young age and con­tin­ued through­out his life en­com­pass­ing top fuel drag bikes, build­ing and col­lect­ing hot rods, Fer­raris, El Mi­rage and his per­sonal pride and per­se­ver­ance of rac­ing the Bon­neville Salt Flats year af­ter year (when the weather al­lowed of course). Friends and fam­ily alike will re­mem­ber Tom for his strength of char­ac­ter, gen­eros­ity and hu­mor. This small world was a bet­ter place with him in it, so take the time to have a cold beer, lean against your car and re­mem­ber when he made you smile. That’s all he would have re­ally of wanted any­ways. Well that and a big damn statue but you can’t win em all. Tom is pre­ceded in death by his mother, Eileen and brother, David. He will for­ever be re­mem­bered by his wife, Dorothy; sons, David and Daniel; brother, Wil­liam "Bill" (Mis­cha) Con­lan; beloved dog "Woody" and a host of other lov­ing rel­a­tives and friends. Visi­ta­tion at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH MAPLE GROVE CHAPEL (13745 Reimer Dr.) Wed­nes­day (TODAY) from 5-8 PM. Mass of Chris­tian Burial at ST. VIN­CENT de PAUL (9100 93rd Ave. N.) Thurs­day at 11 AM with visi­ta­tion one hour prior. In­ter­ment St. Vin­cent’s Ceme­tery. Memo­ri­als pre­ferred to the an­i­mal char­ity of your choice. www.ko­zlakradulovich.com "A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life"

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