Thompson collectors all over the world have lost one of our best !
Tom was an electrical contractor and estimator his entire life in
Indiana. Some of his work is powering stadiums all over this
Tom started in Thompsons with his purchase of a new in box West
Hurley which he bought in 1970 for $300. The bug was with him from
then on. He read and studied everything he could on the TSMG.
Tom was one of the founding members of the TCA and served as Vice
President for ten years and became the second President of that
For me personally, Tom was my Best Friend. Tom had the ability to read my mind and know
what I was thinking, often before I did. He would always volunteer to work constructing the
displays and was always on hand to work the booths. He was great around the public and was
a great voice for our hobby.
When the split happened with the TCA, I called Tom to tell him when I had resigned. His
comment was "I knew you would, it is a matter of principle. Well, were do we go from here."
Tom became the second member of The American Thompson Association and later one of its
first Board of Directors. He was my sound board with whom I could bounce ideas off of to get
Tom was one of only two members to ever make it to ALL fifteen All Thompson Shows and
Shoots (the other member was L.J. Warren).
We all stand a little taller and prouder as collectors
because of the foundation that Tom Woods built and
the good "lighting" he provided.
With Respect and Love.
Tracie L. Hill