Thomas X. “Sweat” Foley

August 23, 2019

Thomas X. “Sweat” Foley

Thomas X. “Sweat” Foley  –  of Woburn August 20th, at sixty four years of age.  Devoted father of Melissa Colon, her husband Adam of Billerica, Thomas “TJ” Foley, his fiance Colleen Denis.  Dear brother of William Foley, his wife Janet of Woburn, David Foley, his wife Mary of NH, Marilyn Foley Jodoin, her husband Gary of Woburn.  Cherished nephew of Ruth Hardy and Frances Poehler. Loving grandfather of Dalya, Gavin, Juliet and Thomas.  Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on on Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m   Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Monday, 4 – 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in honor of Tom to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Framingham, MA.

Thomas X “Sweat” Foley passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 20th.  Son of the late William and  Helen (Shone) he was sixty four years of age.  

Born in Woburn, Tom was raised in the south end of Woburn, where he remained throughout his life!  He attended Woburn Schools and was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1973.  While in elementary school, Tom was given the nickname of “Sweat”  which  has followed him since he was ten years old!

Sweat had brought a son and daughter into the world, whom the sun rose and set on.  He had the wonderful good fortune of living right next door to his parents where they too were an intricate part of all the daily activities.  

Often as the kids were growing up during the summer months , off to the beach they would travel .  Lynn, Nahant there they would go and he always made sure they had the brightest bathing suits on the beach, so he never lost track!  He had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoying lobster parties during the height of the summer, which would conclude with a sky full of fireworks!

On Friday evenings, he would take the kids to rodeo’s, wrestling matches or to the gym where they would all participate and have fun.  Since elementary school, Sweat always made sure he remained physically fit.

When it came to cars, he was magical.  He loved antique cars and over his lifetime he had several.  He could fix them up, and get them running, beautifully.  Whether it was a 1955 Buick, Plymouth or truly any other make and year, Sweat could do it all.

Being so handy under the hood, Sweat helped out his family, friends and neighbors.  There was hardly a day that went by that he wasn’t trying to help someone out, one way or another.  Once Sweat set his mind to doing something, he would figure it out and find a way, no matter what. 

Sweat’s guitar was his “friend”  He received it on his sixteenth birthday, and no matter where he went, his guitar went too, often playing a tune or two for himself or anyone he was with.  When it came to cribbage, Sweat was self taught and masterful at the game.  He would play anytime with anyone!

Sadly Sweat passed away unexpectedly at his home , but the stories will continue and his memory will live on.

Sweat is lovingly survived by his daughter  Melissa Colon, her husband Adam of Billerica, Thomas “TJ” Foley, his fiance Colleen Denis.  Dear brother of William Foley, his wife Janet of Woburn, David Foley, his wife Mary of NH, Marilyn Foley Jodoin, her husband Gary of Woburn.  Cherished nephew of Ruth Hardy and Frances Poehler. Loving grandfather of Dalya, Gavin, Juliet and Thomas.  Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on on Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m   Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Monday, 4 – 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in honor of Tom to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Framingham, MA.

 

A Funeral will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on on Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m   Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Monday, 4 – 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in honor of Tom to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Framingham, MA.

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  1. Tom was a good soul and we loved him very much. He taught us to play 45’s when he lived in Ca. Hope he is playing up in heaven. “Strategy brother.” You will be missed.

  2. i love you cousin i will always remember how you and my dad would be at my house singing and playing guitar and my dad played drums..you were always such a loving man..rest in peace my sweet cousin..

  3. Mike & Linda DeVito

    Condolences to Marilyn, Dave, Bill and rest of family.
    Sweat was a colorful character with a personality to match.
    God Bless and Rest In Peace

  4. Tommy had a 3D mind. when he was a child he played with mr. Machine and when he was an adult could easily fix a car. He could draw like a photograph. His guitar skill was notable. He was gruff true but he had a big heart also and he will be missed.

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