Tom McGinnis leaves behind his beloved wife of 51 years, Iliana; two daughters Tammy Carr and Shane McGinnis; six grandchildren Timothy Williams (and wife Tiffany), Chantel Burks of Galena and Cillian McGinnis-Hall from Ava; as well as 10 great-grandchildren and an abundance of nieces and nephews.
He provided representation for private employers, government entities and their elected officials, employees, and others involved in litigation matters involving employment law and civil rights law.
Early Life and Education
Tom grew up in a small town along the Illinois River 100 miles southwest of Chicago. His family was close and he loved them dearly; in his free time he enjoyed sports fanaticism and other hobbies and activities.
He worked at the BNSF railroad and bartended in various locations around Superior including Jimmy’s Saloon in Billings Park, Old Town in East End and Les Birds in South Superior. Additionally, he was an accomplished golfer, having participated in multiple local leagues over his lifetime.
He was an exceptional husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A true gentleman who always expected excellence from others but always had kind words for everyone who crossed his path, he will surely be missed by all.
Thomas McGinnis spent much of his professional career working in sports, specifically the NBA. His voice instantly recalls emotions like happiness, humility, humor, and frustration – the natural responses to competition in a game.
He pumps his fists to mark the completion of key plays, waving his arms with fans as they rise to their feet at major moments, and clenches his earphones tightly against his temples for maximum focus – not forgetting coffee and Andes mints as important part of his gameday diet!
He has earned eight top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour, including one victory. Currently he serves on both the Minnesota Sports Corporation board and 2022 Final Four LOC executive committee as well as being on College Hockey Inc and Sports Minneapolis boards of directors.
Achievement and Honors
Tom McGinnis has received many prestigious honors during his career. He serves on Rutgers College of Pharmacy’s Board of Advisory Associates and as Navy Mutual Aid Association Nonresident Director; additionally, he was honored with numerous PHS Unit Citations, one Achievement Medal and two Crisis Response Service Awards.
He has served as a figure skating coach at all levels – local, national and world. He holds master ratings in all disciplines from the PSA. Furthermore, he has judged professional competitions. Furthermore, he mentors adult skaters by encouraging them to take risks and push beyond their comfort zones.
His skill at combining knowledge and enthusiasm, coupled with an unmistakable voice tuned like a musical instrument and ability to inject a broadcast with his trademark line “Are you kidding me?” has made him an enduring favorite in a city where fans and announcers often form close, unspoken bonds.
Thomas McGinnis was an honorable Marine who loved his family dearly. Always willing to lend a helping hand, Thomas will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Tom worked for Carr Futures as a commodities broker on the 92nd floor of the North Tower, and had just left an earlier meeting when the plane struck. When Tom called Iliana to inform her he was trapped, she advised against feeling hopeless.
Since joining the Sixers as a broadcaster in 1995, he has seen them through some challenging periods and their eventual comeback. Additionally, he covered ECHL hockey games while on air both in Philadelphia and Cleveland; additionally he is father to Gianna and Cameron.
Thomas McGinnis has amassed considerable wealth through his successful journalism career. He served as announcer for both Cleveland Lumberjacks and CBA’s La Crosse Catbirds baseball teams; additionally, he hosted numerous shows on ESPN3.
Tom is also an avid golfer, winning multiple tournaments across the US. It is estimated that his net worth ranges between $1 Million – $10 Million USD.
Tom and Robin, a former CBS3 reporter, are parents to Luke and Kenna; living in South Jersey they spend weekends enjoying family time. Tom also enjoys traveling and beach trips as well as spending time at their close-knit family gatherings where many grandchildren can be found!