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Tom Medley passed away.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lstwsh, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. lstwsh
    Joined: Jun 4, 2008
    Posts: 440

    from Dayton,Oh

    I read on Facebook that Tom Medley passed away.I could not find it on Street Rodders website.It was on Street Rodders Facebook page.If this is true we lost truly one of the originals.
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  2. Oh man. I really hope that's not true.
  3. Stu Padasso
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
    Posts: 476

    Stu Padasso

    Well, sadly, its true. Tom had been hospitlized for over a week, and passed this morning. He would have been 94 on March 20. No other information has been released by his family.
  4. plym49
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,798

    from Earth

    Damn shame.
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  5. Sorry to hear that, glad he got his coupe rebuilt before this, he was so admired.
  6. 39ChevyBob
    Joined: Jul 14, 2011
    Posts: 289

    from Pomona CA

    R.I.P. Tom. A gentleman and real contributor to all things hot rod...
  7. ss34coupe
    Joined: May 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,028


    A legend. RIP.
  8. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,714


    Known Tom for many years. There is no other quite like him. He will be missed.
  9. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,183


  10. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


    Lost an icon. RIP
  11. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,948

    metal man

    NOOO! Say it isn't so! Tom is one of my all time favorite hot rod heroes.

    I never got to know him personally, but we spoke several times over the years... Mostly when I was a kid.

    I always thought I would have liked to see what he has seen, and have enjoyed Stroker McGurk since I was a small child in the seventies.

    It's a damn shame he's gone. Surely Hot Rod Magazine will do a large story on his career? I'll be watching for it,and it will be the first magazine I've bought in six years.

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  12. Well known man for sure, may he rest in peace.
  13. tiredford
    Joined: Apr 6, 2009
    Posts: 452


    What a life he had...R.I.P.
  14. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,417


    Bad news. Another giant lost.
  15. 32STUPRES
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 363


    Thanks Stu...Jack Chisenhall informed me today....Tom was an absolute Hot Rod legend, but as I've said many times, he didn't want to be! He was a genuine good person and treated everyone as if he'd known them all their life....I thank God for the time I got to spend with Tom especially during the Hot Rod Homecoming 2013 when Bill Akin and I flew out there and spent quite a bit of time with Tom at his home reminiscing about old times.........Hot Rodding has suffered a great loss and may God bless Tom and his family......Respectfully submitted, Joe Klinkhardt

    See related thread:

    My favorite late pic of Tom...very happy at the HRH getting back his re-fired Forty.........

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  16. Hotrodbuilderny
    Joined: Mar 20, 2009
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  17. rjaustin421
    Joined: May 1, 2009
    Posts: 337


    93+ years is quite a full life & we never will get out of this world alive, so a tip of the fedora to one of the founding fathers or this wonderful hot rod culture.

    I still remember one of Tom's 4 panel Stroker cartoons from decades ago which was 1) Something old 2) Something new 3) Something borrowed and 4) Something blew!!!

    Well if this 63 year old abused brain still has this ancient cartoon embedded in it, I would say that Tom's art had a heck of an impact on gearheads everywhere.

    Thanks for a great run Mr. Medley, you taught us a lot.
  18. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,230


    Sad news...the man was known and respected worldwide. :(
  19. saltracer219
    Joined: Sep 23, 2006
    Posts: 631


    I feel so fortunate to have met Tom and hung out with him on several occasions. He was the real deal. He has truly made our Hot Rod world a much better place for us all. God speed Tom.
  20. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,429


    I will always cherish the 30 or so minutes I got to spend listening to him along with Tex Smith at the booth they had at Plesanton in 1998.

    I first saw his drawings and writing when I was 12 years old and getting rod magazines off the Bookmobile while in the 5th grade on Bainbridge Island, Wa.

    May he rest in peace and god bless.
  21. navyboy
    Joined: Mar 11, 2013
    Posts: 278


    What a shame.
  22. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 25,801


    Most of his Stroker McGurk cartoons are older than most HAMB members, he sure made his mark on the hobby. Rest in peace, thoughts and prayers going out to his family and friends. Bob
  23. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,171


    Tom was a great guy and will be truly missed, and to all you guys that
    put his Forty back together.....Thank You.. Thank You .. Thank You.....
  24. SaltCoupe
    Joined: Jun 10, 2010
    Posts: 2,377

    from Indiana

    R.I.P. Tom Medley
  25. Jimmy B
    Joined: May 4, 2004
    Posts: 5,678

    Jimmy B

    Rest In Peace
  26. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,559


    RIP Tom. You will be missed.
  27. 35desoto
    Joined: Oct 6, 2009
    Posts: 760


    I am at lost for words. This guy helped this young guy in the 70,s keep a sense of humour with his cartoons. We never met yet through the years of magazines and the HAMB etc he was a well respected gentleman of the hobby and way of life. Its been a pleasure to enjoy his talents. Rest in Peace Tom
  28. Xman
    Joined: Nov 17, 2011
    Posts: 425


    Got this from Tom back in 98. Please excuse the flash reflection, I didn't want to take it out of the glass frame I keep it in.
    This is how I will remember him, as Stroker McGurk.
    "Coupes are for chickens"

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  29. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,300


    That's my favorite too.


    RIP Tom.

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