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Celebration of Life

Pelham Funeral Home
Friday July 1st, 2022
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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St Barnabas Church
Saturday July 2nd, 2022
10:45am - 11:45am

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Thomas Comer

“The Big Bamboo” known to some as Tom Comer passed away on Monday, June 27th 2022. He was 46 years old. Born in Glenamaddy to John Collins and Mary Fleming, Tom was the middle of nine children. He was raised in Williamstown where he attended primary school. At the age of ten Tom would emigrate to Wolverhampton, England with his family where he would continue his education. As we all know Tom loved music and at the age of fourteen he would land his first music gig. He played in many bars, hotels and dance halls. He would move back to Ireland at the age of fifteen, and lived with his beloved grandparents, Tom and “Baby”, where he would continue his music career. 


Tom moved to New York in January of the year 2000. He was received with a warm welcome from the locals in Woodlawn and especially his friends from Glenamaddy. His music career continued to blossom and he was in big demand. His first gig was in the Catalpa and before long he became part of the furniture at Katie’s Cottage. People came from near and far to hear the Big Bamboo…… hoping he would show up :) He played in East Durham, Boston, Colorado, Chicago and Cape Cod. It was at a gig in Katie’s Cottage that Tom would meet his partner in crime Margaret Fox. We all know Tom was charismatic and his charm won Margaret over while she was serving drinks. Tom and Margaret were blessed with two children Dylan and Brendan. 


In his spare time Tom worked as a tiler. He loved working with his hands. He also enjoyed going upstate to his brother-in- laws farm where he would hunt, fish, make hay and race ATV’s. He was a real cowboy!!!


Tom would move from Yonkers to the Bronx where he met Susan Carey. Tom and Susan had two children Molly and Chloe. Tom’s four children were everything to him. He enjoyed bringing them to ball games, teaching them music and spending time at the weekends with all four of them. 


Tom will be remembered to many as a great entertainer and musician. To his family he will be remembered as charming, extremely funny, generous, loving and caring. He will be deeply missed by his immediate family, his large music circle and everyone who knew him. 


Tom is survived by his children Dylan, Brendan, Molly and Chloe. He will be deeply missed by his parents, John Collins and Mary Fleming, his siblings, John, Ann, Steven, Michael, David and Peter.  He is predeceased by his brothers Brendan and Martin. 


A celebration of Tom’s life will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home located at 64 Lincoln Ave, Pelham New York on Friday July 1st from 4-8PM. A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Barnabas Church located at 409 East 241st Street, Bronx NY on Saturday July 2nd at 10:45am. Toms remains will be repatriated back to Glenamaddy where he will be interred with his brother Brendan. For more information or to leave a condolence please visit www.pelhamfuneral.com.


In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.


A liveStream of Tom's Life Celebration can be found HERE


A liveStream of the Funeral Mass can be found here.


Dearest Tom, my first true love. I remember the day you walked into Morgans pub in Williamstowm. I was behind the bar and slap bang fell in love with you that minute. Your cheeky grin, that twinkle and oh my god your charm. I've loved you ever since. I was the luckiest girl alive bringing you to my debs. So feckin handsome!! And all the years after, You will forever be a part of my heart, a huge part. You taught me how to love and how to laugh. Thank you Tom for being such a huge part of my life. Always remembered, forever loved. ❤️

Tara xx Jul 12 2022 10:12 PM

Our deepest condolences to
Maggie Dylan Brendan and relatives and friends

The Tansey Family Jul 3 2022 12:35 PM

I hadn't seen you in years till meeting you last Sunday in Rambling house with your son. You had the same welcoming smile & kind words. Your amazing talent & kind heart will be sorely missed. Gone too soon ❤️ May your gentle soul be at rest, Sincere sympathy to your children & entire family. RIP Kitty & Frankie Loughran

Kitty Loughran Jul 3 2022 8:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Comer

Angela & Shane Keegan Jul 2 2022 4:10 PM

Rest In Peace Tom. Our condolences to your family. Keeping you all in our prayers.

Noeline, Joe Harrington. Jul 2 2022 2:56 PM

Sincere condolences to Margaret, Dylan, Brendan, Susan, Alana, Molly and Chloe. His parents and brothers and extended families.
I met Tom in the year 2000 when he first arrived in New York and we become fast friends.
Gave him his first gig in the Catalpa bar and knew straight away he was something special, his voice was one in a million.
We played music together, were roommates for a time and worked together for years.
He was one of the most talented and gifted people I ever knew whether it was on stage or on the job and he brought the same wit and laughter to both, often saying (if we had a tough day ahead ), Twas either Tom or two men.
His musical talent was endless,
from Randy Travis to Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash, or even doing an impersonation of someone he knew, it was uncanny how perfect it was, you would swear they were in the room.
He loved his family and always spoke so fondly of his kids when showing me photos of the various birthdays and milestone occasions in their lives.
Tom you will be sadly missed but the memories will be there forever.
Rest easy my friend, although I\'m sure you are plugging in your guitar and keyboard and rocking it at that great big gig in the sky

Kenny, Cindy, Finn & Olivia Mannion Jul 2 2022 12:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Comer

Yvonne x Jul 2 2022 12:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Comer

Michelle Bergin Jul 2 2022 1:08 AM

Sincere condolences to Margaret, Dylan, and Brendan.

Irish Mike

Mike McAvey (Irish Mike) Jul 1 2022 10:01 PM

Bamboo was a gentleman. One of my fondest memories was hanging out in his apartment with him a couple of months ago. I played "I am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger" from my iphone playlist.
Over the course of a couple of hours, between some "sociables", he learned the chords and played it beautifully. I was amazed at his talent. He was always wonderful company. I will miss him.

Gene Riordan Jul 1 2022 6:30 PM

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