In Memory

Thomas "Tom" Heighway, 10-2003

Thomas Tom Heighway, 10-2003

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04/07/20 02:07 PM #1    

Michael "Mike" Conway

I met Tom in Mr. Morgan's(??) english class in the fall of 1966. He sat next to me. I just moved from Chicago and didn't know a soul. He was affable with a great sense of humor. We became great friends. Due to his friendship I met many great guys-Bruce Wright,Joe Gilbert,John Rehm, Brad Palmer, Rick Anderson, Larry Belmont,Rick Hayward, Bob Tyler,Andy Carter, Dale walksler and many more. Tom wrestled 95 lbs for four years. We had an exciting time at West. He was a founding father of the BBoys.Upon graduation Tom went to Memphis State. He transferred to College of DuPage. He started his own construction business. He married Debbie Reno-Jeff's sister. He had three daughters- all teachers. Tom resided in Glen Ellyn his whole life. We didnt see each other from 1985 to 2000. We rekindled our friendship in 2000. In 2003 Tom was diagnosed with Leukemia. He had a bone marrow transplant. Although the transplant was successful complications occurred. He passed in October,2003. I was fortunate to speak at his funeral. I think of him often. He was a great friend.

04/08/20 11:55 AM #2    

Jeff Reno

I echo Mike Conway's sentiments with respect to Tom Heighway. He was a loving and dedicated family man and father who sadly passed away before he could enjoy his myriad of grandchildren. His memory lives on in the minds of his daughters and others who knew him. 

04/08/20 05:05 PM #3    

Mike Rahm

I didn't meet tom untill junior high. I had no idea how fun catholic kids could be. I joined him in cathechism class with him and Rehm or Gilbert and they got their report cards. We climbed out a window to ditch early, went to webbs for sodas and they proceeded to change their grades. I was dumbfounded but amused. He had older brothers and boxing gloves which was another first for me. I lost to him in 8th grade intermural wrestling after my only detention (my excuse). No shame in that. 25 years later I worked as a subcontractor for him and did so for many years. He was a great family man andhe may have been an edgy teenager but was an honest trustworthy hard working Glen Ellyn original who always liked to have fun. Miss ya Tom.

04/26/20 10:59 PM #4    

Bruce Wright

Tommy was one of my closest friends. We had some amazing times and my memories of him (and the entire Highway family) are alive and well in my soul. Mike Conway reminded me in his post of the 'BBoys'. I remember a few 'groups' of the time: The Stags, The Crumb Bums, and of course, The BBoys. (ask around for the first B)

One of my favorite memories of Tommy and the spirit in which we lived was when we got hold of an M-80 and decided to see what it would do to an empty gas can. Glad we stood as far back as we did. (it turns it inside out)

Adios, old brother. See you again sometime.

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