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E. Thomas Corcoran

February 24, 1943 ~ November 29, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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E. Thomas Corcoran Obituary

Everett Thomas "Tom" Corcoran met Abraham Lincoln on Nov 29, 2023.

Yes, he met many others upon his arrival at the Pearly Gates but his reverence for Lincoln cannot be overstated.

Tom’s life began in Waterloo, Iowa on February 24, 1943. The only child born to Marie (Barry) and Everett Corcoran, he tap-danced his way into the hearts of many.

Tom’s parents owned the J&J tavern. Telling people he “grew up in a bar” never got old for Tom. Lore is he spent his after-school hours doing homework at the bar, emptying ashtrays, learning to become a pool shark and perfecting joke telling and prank pulling.  It was at the J&J that Tom’s fervor for collecting began, starting with marbles and maturing to coin collecting.

Tom was a history buff and loved to bestow his knowledge upon others so it was only fitting that after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 1965 he become a history teacher. After one year of teaching he enlisted in the United States Army in 1966. He completed Infantry and Officers Candidate School and was sent to the DMZ in Korea as an Intelligence Officer.  He proudly served his country and told the harrowing tales of his participation in the Pueblo and Blue House incidents.

Returning to the states post-duty Tom was hired by Dean Witter Reynolds (now Morgan Stanley) in San Francisco in 1969. In 1970 he married Joanne Alesch and together they moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tom and Joanne added 4 children to their crew: David (Sherri Dillehay, Travis and Brady), Anne (Quinn Bork and Sadie Koepke), Matthew (Kayla Pierce, Chloe, Jackson, Delaney and Cooper) and Daniel (Katie Weide, Sam and Charlie). The Corcoran Family took up residency in Whitefish Bay for more than 50 years leaving a lasting impression on the WFB Police Department.

During those child rearing years (1970-2000), Tom earned his Certified Financial Planner certificate, rose through the ranks and became a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley.  He was a proud Scout Leader for his sons and Indian Princess leader for his daughter, and he shared his love of camping, fishing, music and traveling with his wife and kids. As the years went on and the family expanded Tom NEVER missed an opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren. He could often be found reading to them, cheering them on at sporting events or taking them to his baseball card shop to find a treasure.

Tom’s joy of collecting continued throughout his life. Along with his extensive collection of coins, he was an avid collector of Lincoln memorabilia and lithographs printed in the 1800s, with a special interest in Currier & Ives prints. Many were professionally framed by his son Matthew and they adorned almost every inch of wall space in the Corcoran family’s beautiful 1891 farmhouse where Lincoln’s assassination and deathbed were the background of every family picture. Tom joined the American Historical Print Collectors Society and he and Joanne enjoyed annual meetings all across the United States

After 35 years helping others plan their financial future, Tom retired from working “stock market hours” vowing to spend his hard-earned savings on providing fun for his family.

Grandpa Tom will be remembered as a fun-loving, whip-smart, sarcastic, generous soul. His memory lives on in each and every one of his children and grandchildren’s wicked sense of humor.

The Corcoran Family would like to thank Newcastle Place and Horizon Hospice for their loving care during Tom’s final months, weeks, and moments on this Earth. The staff showed true compassion and ensured his dignity until the end.

A Service for Tom will be held on December 7th, 2023, at 10:30am at Newcastle Place, 12600 North Port Washington Road, Mequon, Wisconsin 53092, with visitation and refreshments to follow from 11:30am until 2:00pm. All are welcome. 



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December 7, 2023

10:30 AM
Newcastle Place
12600 North Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI 53092

December 7, 2023

11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Newcastle Place
12600 North Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI 53092


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