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To My Beautiful Family  a keepsake from Memoir for Me
To Thomas    Daddy    Spence, who taught us that family comes first. We enjoyed working on this book with you to be cheris...
Oh, but Glasgow gave me more than it ever took away, and prepared me for life on the road.         -Billy Conn0lly
Tom Sr., Rena, Tom, Helen, Philip in Sligo, Ireland, 1956  Thomas Spence has come a long way from his childhood in the gri...
   It was a tough area, full of ruffians, and I was one of them. Some of my pals were thieves and hooligans, but that was ...
St. Gerard   s football team, 1955-56  The sink was used for cooking and bathing. Tom and Rena slept on the floor. When th...
At the age of 14, Tom set off for St. Patrick   s Agricultural College in County Monahan, Ireland, and spent the next year...
Tom with his mother, 1987  The landlady was unaware of the arrangement. To her knowledge, she was renting the apartment ou...
With the Protestant stranglehold on all good jobs and opportunities, Tom, Sr. knew his son would be better off across the ...
Tom in Syracuse, 1979  Dennis Ruddy, Tom, and Thomas, 2015     Molly was at least 60 and to me then, that was old. She ann...
   Marian, Jean, Ann, John, Andy, Peter, Archie, Jamie, and Louis.     Paying Mrs. Kerr  10 a week, Tom had his own room a...
24th Infantry Division Soccer Team in Germany, 1965     He was the tallest Greek I   ve ever seen    taller than me.     I...
     Sgt  Where   s your uniform        Tom  I dunno. I lost it.     I was cheeky and knew who to talk to.      He convinc...
Mai and Tom   s wedding day, Valentine   s Day, 1970  In September of 1969, Tom asked Mai to marry him.    There was no kn...
Back in Chicago, the couple settled on the north side of the city in Mike Luby   s basement apartment that left much for i...
With daughter Fiona, 1987  Daughter Sarah, 1982  Tom fell back into construction jobs and the family reunited back in Chic...
Tom had quit construction and wanted to start his life as an agent right then and there. Nik was skeptical so assigned Tom...
Spence Real Estate on Northwest Highway  New office on Devon Avenue, 2008  Mai ran the household while Tom was growing the...
Life has turned out pretty good for the Scottish kid from the Gorbals.    I never imagined my life to be anything specific...
Above  Enjoying the Highland Games in 2012  Below  Mai and Tom at Marie   s house, Easter 2009  21
Mike Byrne, Jimmy McCarroll and Tom in 1966.  Maggie, Liam, Nora, Maeve, Caroline,Grace and Clare  Marie, Fiona and Thomas...
Katrina and Marie, 1975  Celebrating Caroline   s graduation, 2014  Sarah and Thomas, 1987  Tom, Katrina and Mayor Richard...
Fiona, Marie, Katrina, Tom, Thomas and Philomena, 1977.  Sarah winning 1st prize, 1991  Celebrating Sarah   s wedding, 201...
Tom and Thomas, 1993  Gaelic Park, 2015.  Nephew Michael, Sister Rena, Tom and Thomas.  Philomena and Tom, Sr, 50th annive...
Tom with his groomsmen  Al Sutherland, Mike Byrne, Tom, Dennis Ruddy, and Pat Walsh  Meeting Rod Stewart, 2008.  Mai, Bill...
Clare, Tom and Maeve, 2002  Tom, Sr. and Philomena   s wedding day, 1937  Maeve, 2012  A weekly letter from Tom, Sr. -    ...