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Northwest's Tom Foley Dies at 80
Dec. 1, 2014 – Ross McCulliganLongtime senior softball player Thomas Foley lost his courageous battle with both ALS and cancer on Nov. 11 in Seattle, Wash., with his family by his side.
He had a long career in senior softball playing for various teams in the Pacific Northwest including, WE Ruth Realty, Joeseppi’s, First American Title and Northwest 80’s.
“Every team should have a Tom Foley,” remarked Joseph Stortini, his former manager with Joeseppi’s. “We all knew he played in pain sometimes but he never once complained about it. He had a great positive attitude and always had something kind to say to everyone. We’ll miss him.”
Tom moved to Washington at a young age and studied at Seattle University earning degrees in electrical engineering. He enjoyed a 34-year career as an engineering manager with Boeing in addition to serving in the United States Navy Reserve from 1952-1960.
He believed in civic duty and being involved in one’s community. As such, he was a generous volunteer, donating his time to various community organizations such as Pacific Northwest Masters Swimming, Seattle Triton Aquatics Club, Southwest Community Center Advisory Council and the Puget Sound Keepers Alliance.