Thomas C. "Tom" Walles, 49, of Worcester died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 1st. He leaves his mother, Jeanne M. (Bourbon) Walles; his siblings, Terry R. Walles and his wife, Heather (Needham) Walles, Timothy M. Walles, Tracey R. Walles all of Worcester, Todd J. Walles of Somerville; a sister in law, Robin Walles of East Brookfield; his nieces and nephews, Brittany, Jessica, Jacquelyn, Chantal, Seth, Tanner, Julia, Mackenzie, Taryn and Wyatt; and two grand-nephews, Jace and Archer. He was predeceased by his father, James E. Walles and the family dog, Maggie who also died on Sunday.
He was born in Worcester and was a member of Christ the King Church. Tom was an excellent athlete from a very young age. While in grammar school he was on the West Tatnuck team that won the “Triple Crown” in football, baseball and basketball becoming the first time City Champions. He was an All-Star at Jesse Burkett Little League. Tom attended Doherty Memorial High School where he was a standout Football and Baseball player. During his Senior year he was selected to the Telegram & Gazette’s super team in Baseball. Tom holds the record for the most strikeouts in a game, as he struck out 20 batters against North High School.
Tom continued to play organized sports later in life. He enjoyed softball and football where he was a standout quarterback in the Worcester Parks Football League. He had the ability to make the players around him better and demonstrated that by winning several championships. He was an avid sports fan of the New England teams as well as Doherty and Shrewsbury football where his brothers coach the respective teams. Tom had a great sense of humor and was known for his one-liners. He was a compassionate man with a big heart. Tom was known for reminding his siblings of important upcoming events. He adored his nieces and nephews and would always go above and beyond for them.
His funeral is Saturday, April 7th with a Mass at 10:00 AM in Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant Street. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours are Friday, April 6th from 4:00 until 7:00 PM in O'CONNOR BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Park Avenue.