THOMAS P. DOYLE
Thomas P. Doyle, 67, Mission Hills, KS passed away March 3, 2017 peacefully at his home. On Wednesday March 8, a visitation will be held at 10:30AM followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00AM at St. Ann Catholic Church – 7210 Mission Road. A luncheon will follow the service in the Parish Hall. Burial service will be at 1:30 PM at Resurrection Cemetery – W. 83rd and Quivira Road in Lenexa, KS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Kansas Endowment – KANU. A full obituary can be found at www.cathyb6.sg-host.com
Tom was born on May 13, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, the first son of Helen and Thomas Doyle. After a few years in Chicago, the family moved to the Kansas City area where Tom lived most of his life. He attended St. Ann Catholic Grade School, Bishop Miege High School and received a degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
At an early age, it became very apparent that Tom was much more interested in gadgets than he was in schoolbooks. He had a natural knack for fixing electronic equipment like televisions and radios and he had his own “laboratory’ in the basement of his family home. Tom would tinker with various equipment for hours after school and on weekends. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout because of his leadership abilities and intuitive learning abilities.
Tom’s love of the radio/television world carried forward to his college days where he enrolled in the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and took a part time job at the campus radio station KANU. He earned the First Class Federal License from the FCC which is a requirement to operate radio and television stations. During that time he was recognized for recording a number of prestigious audio record recordings accomplished through KANU-FM and KFKU-AM, National Public Radio and the University of Kansas Sports Network.
Tom continued to reside in Lawrence following graduation to pursue his love for his station job and the Lawrence community.
Tom became business partners with fellow KU student Stephen C. McComas who was also employed by the radio stations. Together, they were able to focus their resources and provide broadcast services for the 1976 Republican National Convention. They incorporated their business, Continental Video Center, in Overland Park until sold in 2000. The business they then started in 2001, Nuvidia LLC Overland Park was sold several years ago and continues in operation.
Tom was a supporter of both The Dole Institute and Kansas Public Radio.
After a successful career as a business owner, Tom retired from the business world in 2015. He fought several health issues the last few years of his life.
Tom was a private person, never marrying, but had numerous lifelong friends. His love of music, in particular Frank Sinatra, led him to serve as president of the Frank Sinatra Fan Club. He also enjoyed traveling to Europe and the West Coast. Tom was a very generous person and went out of his way to help others, especially family members, in time of need. He had a dry wit and was always calm and collected.
Tom is preceded in death by his mother Helen Doyle. Survivors (all from the Kansas City area) include his father, Thomas F. Doyle, sister Mary Sue Flowers, sister Patricia Caldwell, sister Kathleen Rost (John), brother James M. Doyle (Wendy), sister Nancy Jenkins, brother Daniel Doyle, brother John Doyle (Debbie) and numerous nephews and nieces. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC. Arr: Signature Funerals 816-214-5174