Thomas McGivern

2013-09-01T00:00:00Z 2013-09-02T10:54:30Z Thomas McGivern The Quad-City Times
September 01, 2013 12:00 am

DAVENPORT — Thomas M. McGivern, 66, of Davenport passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport. There will be a time of sharing with family and friends from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at the Runge Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Assumption High School. Online condolences may be left at www.rungemortuary.com.

Tom was born June 17, 1947, in Davenport, the son of Gerald and Margaret (Kearney) McGivern. He graduated from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., in 1969 and then was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served his duty in Vietnam.

After returning home from his military duty, Tom worked at Wonder Bread and was a pharmaceutical representative for a short time. He then began a career as a bartender, and is remembered by many for his Irish charm and his ability to share a funny story or tell a great joke. Tom’s career spanned over 30 years at establishments including The Circle Tap, The Tic-Toc, The Blackhawk Brewery, Hunter's Club, The Gallery and Pat McGuire’s. His entertaining personality and friendliness always made an evening at one of these establishments a memorable event. After retiring, Tom filled his days wearing many hats at Hy-Vee Food Store on Utica Ridge Road in Bettendorf.

Tom loved his Canadian fishing trips with long-time friends, was an avid sports fan, and was known to many as a trivia expert. In the words of one of his nieces, “he treated friends like family, and family like friends.”

Those left to honor his memory include sisters, Sheila Engel, Davenport, and Pat (Mark) Stender, Bonita, Calif.; brothers, Frank (Molly) McGivern, St. Paul, Minn.; Willie (Chris) McGivern, Davenport; Joe (Jodi) McGivern, LeClaire; Jay McGivern, St. Paul, and Gene (Barb) McGivern, Egan, Minn.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John, and brothers-in-law, Gene Engel and Jack Hogan; and niece, Emma.

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  1. JESSA
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    JESSA - September 21, 2013 11:51 am
    Tommy McGivern will be always be in my heart.

    He was a good friend with a ton of patience and a kind soul. I was very blessed to work with my friend at Pat McGuire's where he taught me the ART and SCIENCE of what it takes to be in the biz. He was a true professional of his trade.

    I am blessed to say that there is a little bit of Tommy in my "act" while working in the biz.

    Thank you, Tommy.
  2. davidirelan
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    davidirelan - September 10, 2013 12:05 am
    You never closed the door at Pat Mc Guires on Christmas Eve until everyone left.
    You saved your most favored job for the last, HyVee
    I like delivering flowers to women and seeing them get so excited over serving beer to you.............****guys. God bless you tommy.
  3. rando
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    rando - September 04, 2013 9:02 pm
    I worked with Tom at Pat McGuire's. Tom always gave me some smart butt comments, and we always made each other laugh. Tom is a great man and always will be.
    jessica wendel-weiler
  4. BBoeh
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    BBoeh - September 04, 2013 8:03 pm
    To the McGivern Family
    I am sorry to hear of Tom' passing. I worked with Tom at The Gallery many years ago. I truly liked Tom and he left a lasting memory. May he rest in peace.
    Brian Boeh
  5. Tom C Adams
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    Tom C Adams - September 04, 2013 8:29 am
    My long-ago friendship with Tom McGivern was one of those grinning bright spots that we never get enough of. Like many 1960's teenagers, I was confused by life's signals. Tom saw the humor in it all.- made me laugh. I had long conversations with him back then. He listened when I talked, and he cared about what I said. In 1966, largely because of those conversations, I went to St. Paul and enrolled at St. Thomas. Up there, Tom had his group of friends and I had mine, so we didn't see much of each other. But I knew he was there, and would be ready to listen to me if needed. That was maybe 45 years ago. I have been back to the quad cities just a few times since then, and never ran into him. When I found out he had passed, I took the opportunity to recall those days, and the way Tom carried himself. He was a fine, fine lad, and surely a fine, fine man. My best to his family.
  6. wereid1
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    wereid1 - September 03, 2013 5:32 pm
    To the McGivern Family.
    Please accept our condolences on Tom's passing.
    May you be comforted in your beliefs. Rest in peace.
    The Bill Reid Family
  7. ruthieptcga
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    ruthieptcga - September 03, 2013 3:24 pm
    Dear McGivern Family,
    So sad to hear of Tom's passing. He was always kind, funny and loved by all who enjoyed his warm personality, smile and that ever present twinkle in his eyes. Rest in peace, Tom.
    Ruth Connell, Peachtree City, GA
    '65 AHS classmate
  8. John and Linda Fennelly
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    John and Linda Fennelly - September 02, 2013 4:04 pm
    Dear McGivern Family,
    We are sadden at the news of Tom's unexpected passing and want to let you know you're in our thoughts at this time. Just to talk of Tom brought smiles to our face as we remember is charm, wit, and never-ending friendliness. John in particular remembers the many "stories" that were told. To remember Tom is to see him with his somewhat mischievous smile and the comfort he brought when in his presence. Great guy who will be missed.
    God bless
    John and Linda Fennelly
  9. Matt Lucas
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    Matt Lucas - September 02, 2013 5:05 am
    A final tip 'O the hat to a fine Irishman !!
  10. DELIVERYDRIVERSMOM
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    DELIVERYDRIVERSMOM - September 01, 2013 6:03 pm
    Willie and the rest of the family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother.
    May GOD wrap his arms around you and give you strength and love.
    The Kranzs and Crockers
  11. duckbistro
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    duckbistro - September 01, 2013 9:43 am
    To the McGivern Family.
    Please accept our condolences on Tom's passing. He was truly one of the "Good Guys".
    May you be comforted in your beliefs. Rest in peace.
    Chef Charles and Melissa Moskowitz
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