Tom Towle

Tom Towle
February 1, 1932 - July 12, 2017

Thomas Joseph Towle, LTC. (Ret.) died 7/12/17 after suffering a stroke in June.

Born Feb 1, 1936 in Newark, NJ, to Marie Fidele (McCartie) and Henry Aloysius Towle. Brother to Joseph, Charlie, Josephine, Don, Kathy and Harry. Married Norma Jean McVean. He is survived by his three daughters: Kathleen Lehman (Bruce and daughter Izzie), Leslie Berrier (Jim) and Alison Moore (Charlie).

Tom was a proud Army Aviator. He flew both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and was awarded numerous medals including the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. His career highlights included positions as chief aircraft armaments officer on the Army General staff at the Pentagon and as a Battalion Commander in Viet Nam. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

After retiring Tom continued to fly and enjoyed his Falco and other aircraft and his many friends at Wisener Field in Mineola. Tom loved adventure. In recent years he traveled and lived in Argentina, Ecuador, Columbia and Europe. The day of his stroke he was leaving for Lisbon, Portugal. He had close friendships with the folks at Brookshires where he’d visit for coffee most mornings and at Byford’s garage where he and the “B.S. Boys” gathered for coffee and conversation in the afternoons.

Tom was a man of deep faith and an enduring belief in the power of positive thinking. The world lost a unique soul when “The Colonel” died. We will miss his wit, intelligence, humor and generosity. His funeral will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. A celebration of life is planned for Monday, July 17 at 5 p.m. in the Royal Flying Circus Aviation Museum at Wisener Field at 1412 Country Club Drive in Mineola.