Thomas 'Tom' Conlan

Conlan, Thomas "Tom" 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. "A Celebration of Life" 763-416-0016