Tom O’Boyle died on May 24, 2013 at Penrose Hospital. He was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 13, 1940.
Tom’s rare piano talent began at the age of 4 and continued through his school years. He studied music at St. Thomas College, Catholic University, and Augustana College. He had private lessons from Dr. Emerson Meyers and Antonio Brico, the conductor of the Denver Symphony.
Tom was pianist for the ARADCOM Chorus and also a chorale member. He was employed by the Broadmoor. Many remember him from The Golden Bee, the Terrace Lounge and Spec’s Spot. Tom entertained people at City Auditorium, playing the organ there and later accompanying the silent movies.
Tom has been a soloist with the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Sioux Falls Symphony, and the Pueblo Symphony. He played at many charities in the area, delighting audiences with Mount St. Francis concerts, Summer Sack Lunch Serenade concerts, and was very proud of his playing for Pikes Peak Hospice for many years. Tom was also a charter member of the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society. He will be greatly missed!
He is survived by one brother, Paul O’Boyle; and three sisters: Judy Child, Mary Mette, and Peg McGranahan.
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 4925 North Carefree Circle. Burial will then take place at Evergreen Cemetery and a Celebration of Life reception will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church Gymnasium, 828 East Pikes Peak Avenue. Musicians with the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society are welcome to participate in a jam session in Tom’s honor during the reception.
Memorial donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the American Theater Organ Society, Pikes Peak Chapter. Checks should be made out to PPATOS and sent to P.O. Box 26167, Colorado Springs, CO 80936-6167.