Mike Tos Tribute
Mike "Tugger" Tos, long-time Bishop
and supporter beyond belief of the program and its players/coaches (and all
of the school's athletic teams), passed away Dec. 4, 2007. Mike missed only TWO games in C-E/Egan's FB history;
he was in the sixth grade at the time.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Mike
on Dec. 10 at St. Michael the Archangel Church, in
Levittown. It was co-officiated by Father Fidelis, of C-E, and Father Terry Adams, Egan's former
athletic director and a long-time friend of Mike's. En route to the cemetery, the funeral procession
pulled into C-E's parking lot and former players Matt Brazil (one of the pallbearers) and Mike Smith
rang the "victory bell" as students pressed against the windows to see what was going on.
Conwell-Egan High parents will
hold a Mike Tos Memorial Benefit, designed to raise scholarship
funds, erect a memorial and purchase new equipment, on March 15, 2008, 8 to 12 p.m., at St. Elizabeth
Ann Seton Hall, 1200 Park Avenue, Bensalem. Cost is $25 per person, $45 per couple.
Included: open buffet, including roast beef, meatballs, rolls, salads, hoagies, desserts, beverages,
beer, wine, DJ, 50/50s, Chinese auction, door prizes and much more! For more info or to
contribute in any way, contact Susan Singlar (215-741-7168, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michele
Golin (267-981-6883, email@example.com).
Contributions . . .
I really enjoyed reading Mike's
weekly chatter the last few years. I could always feel his love &
for the school, league and football.
And I especially enjoyed his recollection of the glory days of Egan and Catholic league football.
I went to Egan and CD game last year (2006) and checked him out on the sidelines.
He will be greatly missed.
-- Joe LePera
"The man, the myth, the legend"-----Mike Tos
There is going be something missing when Egan comes to play Bensalem this
year. I will never forget your dedication to the school and the amazing
encyclopedia of Conwell Egan knowledge you had. Thanks for all the
-- Bill Knowles
Hello Ted, Justin Kane here from class of ’79. Mike was like the Ol’ time radio character; “The Shadow”. Everywhere he lurked, clipboard in hand, looking out over those Charles Nelson riley glasses of his. He had an extraordinarily ability to just bury you w/ dry wit & humor just stuffing stats in your psyche , ie: hey Kane, how come so & so from Judge has 5 catches a game, & U have only 1??? he was great to talk smack to, but u better have been ready to get embarrassed at some point as he’d just undress you w/ some wry, witty stat that would be just a brutal ego buster. He’s a 1 of a kind great guy, perhaps 1 of the last of a kind from a bygone generation.
Mike was the ultimate humbler,… u might make a good play & he’d just come up to U, all 5’6” of him, .look over those glasses & smile, & tell u,”nice run Kane, but [heheheh], back when we were something, Pancho Micir would make U look like a Jackal”.,… gee thanks Mike,…
Thanks for honoring him, we lost a real gamer in him, he was the ultimate fan.
-- Justin Kane.
It was unfortunate for me that i never met mike but he was an outstanding person and if I had the chance to talk to him i would like the thank him. I read many articles on this web site since i been in high school. But mike has always talked good about my school (Neumann-Goretti). And i like to thank him an praise him for that cause he was one the reason these past 4 years at Neumann- Goretti that gave us inspiration.
Mike was a very passionate football fan who
added much needed optimism for teams. Many times I found myself
looking to see where my team stood, “HOT” , “IMPROVED” or the
dreaded “YET TO BE HEARD FROM”. Never would you hear anything
close to being negative, he always offered solutions or a word
of encouragement to teams that where facing tough times. I
always enjoyed reading his history, it showed his passion. Just
last month I wrote to him, just to let him know how much I
enjoyed reading his history and how much I appreciated his
optimism especially going through a tough season, this was his
nice note by you , keep your team focused in the off season and start lifting BUILD THE TEAM CONCEPT if I ever get around to do more history you will be amazed with the 86 team .. good luck and you will be coming to Levittown in October -Mike Tos
I am glad I decided to drop him a line again always positive and always offering encouragement.
One more, Mike sent me this email after reading about the cancellation of the Neumann- Southern Thanksgiving game.
Read it in Daily News -sad the only losers are the kids - good luck in the off season you can really build spirit and know what you will have-Mike
God Bless Mike, Thanks for the advice and I will remember your words of encouragement especially during the tough times.
Rest in Peace,
Head Football Coach
Neumann- Goretti High School
Today is a very sad day in Bishop/Conwell Egan history. Tos was truly one of a kind and can never be replaced. I used to love coming in to school every mourning and seeing Tos sitting in the same chair that he sat in since he went to egan and him telling me how many touchdowns Slaton would score on saturday. Most of the time he was right but many games Steve was out by the second half and tos would go crazy. Nobody cared more about Egan football players the way Tos did and its never gonna be the same going to a game and not seeing him on the sideline ever again. We all lost a good person today and more importantly a great friend, may you rest in peace Tugger and we will never forget you.
-- Matt Brazil
Mike Tos was and will always be the most dedicated Conwell-Egan fan in history. Every morning myself and a group of friends from the football team would stop by the Athletic office and talk to him about sports. Whether it'd be about our next football opponent, how Slaton didn't get the ball enough lol or whatever sporting event there was to talk about, we looked forward to seeing him because he made our days more enjoyable. I can not picture my high school days without Mike Tos, he was Egan. I know he will be watching Conwell-egan football for eternity and may he rest in peace. I will never forget you. "Feeeeeeeed the dogggggggg."
-- Rob Biernat
I never met anyone with the dedication and passion that Mike had for Egan Football. You could mention any game and Mike would rattle off not only the score but the weather conditions, big plays and interesting stats. Mike loved to recall Joe Lynch 78' kicking a field goal twice, due to a stoppage, to win our last game senior year over Ryan in the frigid cold.
Anyone associated with Egan/CEC football is saddened for the lost of Mike Tos.
I am grateful that Mike will finally be rewarded not only for his devotion to Egan football but for the fact that he was a kind soul who brought alot of joy to the coaches, players and fans of Egan football who where fortunate enough to cross his path.
If Mike Tos referred to you as a good kid with alot of heart you know you left your mark. As the blue and the gray stand before us, let the echoes ever ring -- Mike Tos was King.
-- Joe Knowles Class of 78'
Mike Tos, was an extraordinary person, he was the type of guy to go out
of his way to stay in touch with some one and certainly he did. He
memorized my soccer stats since freshman year, and he always believed
in me. He was at most of the games and he was also very close with my
sister Christine Jennings now Secor (Class of 2003). Over Thanksgiving
break, I seen him at the football game sitting up in the bleachers
(which was very UNUSUAL). I went up and said my Hello's and talked
about soccer for Immaculata University where I play, I then gave him my
e-mail address for school to keep in contact with me. During
Thanksgiving break, I had many projects to do, so I went to the
library and I looked over and a smile appeared on my face to see Mike
Tos. As I sat on the computer not even 10 minutes later an e-mail
appeared "Mike Tos"... After I finished my projects I approached him to
talk to him and see how everything was. 'Tos' always had his class ring
on wherever he went he was proud of his accomplishments. Over the past
week since I have been back to school, we e-mailed each other numerous
of times his last words to me were, "--> hope you are feeling better
and you are studying for exams , when you get home talk to you about
some things - " When I found out the news I realized I will never find
out what he wanted to tell me and its a terrible thing. Tos has many
memories, and never a day went by without him praising Steve Slaton.
Its a terrible thing but for the record TOS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
Everytime during my high-school career Tos sat on the same seat almost
everyday, I would always quiz him with numbers, and he knew anything
and everything. It amazed me, and most of the soccer girls that would
be with me. I will greatly miss Tos, and my final words are "YOU DRANK
-- Colleen Jennings (2007 Conwell-Egan Graduate)
Although I never met the man, he truly was a great person. I always enjoyed his football chatter during the season and all thorughout training camp. I especially like his Conwell- Egan football history stories, even though i go to Wood. Mike was a good man, that will be missed.
-- Tom Z
Mike Tos was Egan football. I had the privilege of playing at Egan while Tos was there. He always made time to talk about the great teams of the past and the great athletes. He never missed a game no matter how poor the conditions or how far away. His life revolved around that football team. He was always there telling us how many days, hours and minutes until the start of football practice. He always had encouraging positive words for every player on the team. It won't be the same to be at an Egan game and not see Tos with his notebook recording the stats. I'll never forget how he could bust your chops one minute then build your confidence up in the next. I'll never forget you Tos. Rest in Peace.
--Derrick Savage CEC '03
(Ted's note: This note is from Drew McQuade, night sports editor at the Daily News and one of my bosses . . . )
Sorry to hear about Mike, my former neighbor, one of the guys who played touch football in the streets of the Red Cedar Hill section of Levittown. He would quarterback and say the same thing in the huddle everytime: "Catch the ball." that was it. Such a smart, loyal guy who was always a bit different but lovable. In grade school he had a great comic book collection and was an expert in pro wrestling before he became the Egan expert. He walked everywhere, everywhere. You knew about his memory, spouting off my birthdate and that of my older sister and younger brother. He might have been able to do all seven McQuades.
Mike was on a pathetic neighborhood basketball team my brother Joe and I started to play in a summer league at Twin Oaks when I was in my 20s. We had a couple OK players but the league had some decent teams and we weren't one of them. Mike never got in but once we were getting beat so bad and few players showed up so we subbed Mike. He got a pass just past halfcourt and for some reason just turned and fired. It fell about 20 feet short. He couldn't even pretend it was a pass. No one was in the vicinity. Everyone was laughing. The other team too. So was Mike. Damn, he was a harmless, nice guy. What a shame.
Mike Tos was and always will be "Mr. Egan". He loved Egan, Egan Football, C-E Softball, all the sports... but most importantly he loved the players. His life was Egan sports. When players graduated he lost a part of himself but never forgot them or what they had contributed. You could be anyone from Passman, Armstrong, Lynch, the '83 team to Steve Slaton or just a contributor to the squad but you were important to Mike. He let everyone know in his unique and "special" way that they were appreciated and that he truly cared about them.
Only Mike knew how many days, hours, and minutes until the next game or for that matter the next season. He was a walking encyclopedia for Egan (C-E) football. I met him in 1976 and former Coach Bob Wagner referred to him as 'SID' Tos. The SID was for sports information director. Later he became "Tugger" for his superior mound work in the annual seniors versus coaches summer softball game. Regardless of the name, he was the one constant along with Fr. Fidelis Weber for the past thirty six years at the school on Wistar Road.
Those of us who had the pleasure of being around Mike, have stories about him that have been repeated and enjoyed and this will continue when former and present Eagles gather. He made a permanent and positive mark on our lives that makes his passing a very sad day.
My personal tribute and a quote that is Mike Tos..."Mike, you will find as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others." You were always about other people and especially the Egan family. You are a legend who will be truly missed.
With Gratitude & Love,
Bill Travers, Coach 1976-1984
Mike Tos, to me, was like the unofficial CEC mascot. He brought the spirits up in every sport there. I've been with the football program for only two years, and never a practice went by where he wasn't walking and watching from the sidelines. After school you could find him almost every day sitting on the bench outside of the locker room waiting for the football practice to start. He just simply loved the game, and would want nothing more than to spend most of his day, if not all, at CEC. Seeing as I live right around the corner from CEC, I would find Tos from time to time walking around the neighborhood, always sporting some form of CEC Football clothing. I would always try and say hello whenever I could. When I heard that he passed away, even though I no longer play sports for CEC, it was a heartbreak. He was the spirit behind every sport, especially the football team, and he will be missed greatly throughout the entire school.
Keeping Tos in my prayers,
-- Craig McIntyre '08
We have lost a great Bishop Egan / CEC LEGEND. He loved his school and loved to talk about the BE / CEC greats of the past while always focusing on the current & future players who were coming up through the school. He truly cared like no other, about everyone who attend BE / CEC HS. I will always remember him telling me about BE / CEC’s greatest players, Pancho Macir, Gary Gray, Eddie McDowell, Bob Lamina, Larry Marshall, Gerry Riley, Tony Petruccio, Shawn Passman, Lenny Lynch, Tom Seger, Keith Armstrong, Steve Slaton etc… after he rattled off many of his favorite players & championship moments. I asked him who was the greatest of them all or MVP of BE / CEC football over 50 years? And as he hesitated for a moment, I quickly reminded him that HE was the MVP & Most Legendary person in over 50 yrs of Bishop Egan football. Mike “Tugger” Tos will always personify Bishop Egan Football and with his passing it will never quite be the same. We will miss him and his presence on the sidelines.
Tugger would say to me. The class of 1980 (We graduated in 1981 but in Tugger’s world your graduating year was always based on your fall football season) 8-1-1 the Greatest team to never make a playoff birth, defense gave up only 77 points in 10 games and the lowest rushing yards per game allowed in BE / CEC history. “Yeah, we had great weapons in Seger and Armstrong, BUT our defense especially against the run is OUTSTANDING [1.67 yards per carry]”quote from Ted’s website.
Tugger RIP…. You will be dearly missed. I know you will have St. Peter singing the BE / CEC Alma Mater as we each enter those pearly gates.
-- Mike Knowles “81”
Mike Tos was a spectacular human being. No one in Conwell-Egan will ever be able to match the accomplishments that he has. He was much more then just a supporter a statistician, but a man of great wisdom and knowledge. As a Conwell-Egan football player I have a conversations with Tos about everything from Steve Slaton's first carry as a freshman to Larry Marshall historic Egan career. I know in my heart that he was the true pride of Egan/CEC, and to him I say thank you for reminding me that giving up was not an option even when I thought it was the only way out. Before the Thanksgiving game I told Tos that next year would be different, and that no matter what we were going to walk out with our heads held high. I will never drop that promise I made to him, because with all that he has given me over the last one and a half year, that is the least we as a team could do for him. Thanks for being there through the beginning of my Egan career. You'll never be forgotten by me or anyone else. R. I. P. Tos.
-- James Grbas (class of 2010)
-- Donna Knowles
Donna asked us to post this pic from two seasons ago.
Mike Tos was one of the greatest men I have ever came across. He was Steve Slatons # 1 fan and cared so much about the football team and the players. I have know him for the 4 years when I was at Egan and he was by far one of the most nicest people I have ever talked to. He was there for just about every sporting event at the school. I think he had more school spirit than all of the students put together. He even knew all my stats for my senior year of Wrestling! He was also a good friend of my parents. We would always give him a ride to the football and wrestling banquets. It is sad to know that he is gone now but he will be remembered always and forever. The one, the only, CEC's greatest fan, Mike Tos.Thank you for everything Tos. I won't forget you.
never recall a football game, a
basketball game or any other sports
event where “Coach Tos” was not in
attendance. “Coach Tos”, as he was
affectionately called, although he never
technically coached a sport, earned that
titled from the CEC students and coaches
for his countless hours around the
teams. Many of my fellow teammates would
in fact get upset with students who only
called him “Tos” because that was
disrespecting us. He was as much a part
of the team as any coach or All-Catholic
player. Whether it was filling up the
water jugs (sophs get the water!), to
cleaning uniforms or taking meticulous
statistics of every game, Coach Tos put
in as much time and work as any coach in
any school in America.
I’ll never forget the time my teammate and I drove to the high school weight room in the snow on a day we had off and when we got there it was locked. But as we turned to walk back to our cars there he was walking in the snow to the weight room, we were happy, he had a key. “Hey, how you doin’, we should play two in this weather, what do you say?” During our workout he went on to tell us stories of the old days when Egan would play for the Catholic League Title and all the great players that once stood where we were standing. It never got old listening to his stories or stats to the exact yard a certain player had in the 1988 playoff game win against LaSalle. It motivated us and taught us the tradition that we were part of even though we all knew those days of packed stands and league titles would not happen in our time.
Though he was only an employee for a short period of time thanks to Chuck Knowles, he always knew his place and mission in life. That was to help CEC win as many football games as possible. After graduating from CEC in the sixties he never left and stuck around the school and especially the football team his entire life. My dad who taught and coached as Egan, said a lot of the schools in the Catholic League have a guy like Mike, a great kid who when they got older never left there first love, their high school.
As Catholic Christians we are called to serve others and to realize that we are part something that’s bigger than ourselves. Coach Tos epitomized that call we as Christians have to each other, to be unselfish in our helping of others. Coach Tos will be missed and remembered this week by thousands of CEC graduates who have been impacted not only by his time with us as teenagers but by his unselfish example of service to others. As a teacher and coach today, I only hope there were more Coach Tos’s in our schools to serve our kids.
-- Paul Coleman
CEC Class of '96
And He will raise you up on EAGLES wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, and Hold you in the palm of His hand.
Mike was an influence and a presence in our son's lives throughout their years at CEC. His spot on his bench and his spot in our heart will always serve as a reminder of the man we knew as "Tos." He kept the clock throughout our oldest son, Ryan's basketball seasons. He kept the stats and called them in so that the kids got the recognition in the paper the very next morning. Tos was always around to help get the ice for the Gatorade, find the hot dog machine, serve two-a-day meals at football camp and provide the history of the school and it's sports programs. He never missed an opportunity to remind our son Ray that he was -1 yard in his first varsity football game as a freshman and that he had quite a few yards to go if he wanted to catch Steve Slaton. He teased our youngest, Matt, as the water boy and in his own way made him feel important when he finally got to wear the blue and white CEC football uniform this year. He can recall the plays my husband, Ray ('76) made and didn't make. His favorite story took place at Bishop Kenrick in 1975 when Ray had two big receptions, but couldn't quite make it to the end zone. He would remind our son Ray of this story every time he came up a few yards short of a touchdown. He has the history of Egan and CEC football chronicled in spiral notebooks that he carried everywhere he went in plastic bags - What a great tribute it would be for someone to put his works to print. We can all continue to honor him by winning more games, sharing stories, praying for him, and finding comfort in the knowledge that he will be cheering for all of the CEC athletes from a better place for eternity. Rest in peace dear Mike.
-- Ray and Becky O'Hara
-- Matt O’Hara #80 Class of 2011
I never had the pleasure to meet Mike but I felt that I knew him thanks to his wonderful and uplifting blogs. He always found a way to say something positive about every team no matter the record and you knew his praise was sincere. I think it could be said that he exemplified what the Catholic League was once all about neighborhood kids with a deep passion for their schools and a mountain of respect for their opponent. Rest in Peace!
-- Fran McD ( a guy who goes back as far as Mike and can indeed remember those powerhouse Egan teams of the 60’s)
Coach Tos loved Bishop Egan Football everyday of his life as much as we did when we were 18. He was a special guy and greatly added to fond memories of high school sports.
-- Jim '87
That is exactly the way that Tos lived. He gave of himself and never worried about what he would get out of it. He touched the lives of so many and never asked for anything in return from anyone. He didn’t have much in the way of material things, but he gave so much more than anyone who has wealth. We can all learn something from the example of Tos’ life. He treated others the way he wanted to be treated. He was the perfect role model.
Mike - In the short time that you were here with us we joked and called you Uncle Tos. I am proud to call you my friend and family. I am a better person after having you in my life. Thank you, Tos. I will miss you. God has prepared a place for you so rest in peace my friend, you’ve earned it.
-- Juanita Slaton
I was saddened to hear the news about Mike Tos. He was a familiar face around CEC. He had a wealth of knowledge of Bishop Egan/CEC football, that we will truly miss. I would always sit and talk with him while waiting for my son’s Joey and Vince’s practice to end. He would make me laugh with some of his stories. I would sometimes see him in the local establishments and made a point to go over and sit and talk with him. One day in early November I was sitting with him and he reached in his pocket to show me his Bishop Egan high school ring, he said he carried it around with him all the time. He was so proud of being a graduate of Bishop Egan, he lived and breathed Egan football. I was riding by the field on Thanksgiving morning and there was Mike TOS standing on the field looking up at the goal post, later when I got to the field, he came over to help me with some boxes and told me he was waiting at the field since 5:00 AM for the game to start. I will always remember Mike Tos and know that he is safe and warm now and he will be watching the football team and cheering them on and keeping his stats as he always did, I will miss being able to ask him what my son’s stats were after the game. Rest in Peace Mike, I will miss you and so will my sons. I know they will want to dedicate their next football season to you.
-- Linda Benedetti
Since hearing the news of Mike’s passing, it has taken me a few days to try and write the correct words that would accurately describe this incredible man. Mike liked to remind me “how much smarter I have become as a Basketball Coach now that I am at GA” … He had that knack of always keeping things in perspective. The kids always came first with Mike. I can remember so many situations from my time as a teacher and coach at both Conwell and Egan where Mike simply kept all of us grounded in the fact that we were involved in a game for kids. Though his true passion was for football, Mike spent countless hours following all of the sports teams. As our scorekeeper for Basketball, Tugger was never reluctant to reach out to player or coach who was having a tough time. There was never a doubt that Mike Tos bled Blue and Grey 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. I will remember Mike for his quick wit, incredible memory, and true passion for the young men and women of Conwell-Egan. Though the recent years were not kind to Mike, he found ways to keep these qualities. The highest compliment that we who knew him can give his memory --- is to bring his passion with us each day as we tackle life’s challenges…… Tugger, you will be missed but never forgotten!
-- Jim Fenerty (Bishop Egan Basketball Coach 1981-1989)
Michael Tos is my uncle. I can remember when I was a little girl going to Egan with my uncle to watch boys’ basketball. I never had the privilege to go to a football game with him. I hadn’t seen Mike in many years since I live in California. I am so grateful to read all the wonderful things so many people had to say about my uncle, it made me cry. He meant so much to me and it is obvious how much he meant to so many other people. Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it to his funeral. Mike, you are always in my thoughts and I love you. Thank you so much to all of you who have been there for Mike over the years. It makes me feel better to know that so many people loved him.
Jennifer Reissig – Mike’s niece
If you read all the thoughts regarding Tos, you realize the impact he had on so many. If you look at the different ages of all the people who submitted their thoughts, you once again realize the impact he had on every one of all ages, and how they still remember him by. Mike was unique, to say the least. He was not only a walking encyclopedia of Egan history, he was a genuine person who cared about the individuals. Mike was more than the statistics, the encouraging letters or birthday cards he would send, his funny stories; he was someone who truly carded about people. He meant so much too so many, as can be attested by all the memories people have submitted. I only know of one time that Mike was incorrect, but that is between him and me, unless of course someone has actual proof that I did indeed drop a pass in my career. Every time I would walk by Mike, he would tell me the date, the time and the exact position on the field of this alleged ‘dropped pass’. He would always let me know that both my children were better athletes than me, and as we all know, Mike was never wrong, except for the above mentioned incident. Too say Mike will be missed is an understatement. I think this quote from Albert Einstein summarizes Mike… “Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.”
-- Bill Petraitis
-- Fr. Joe Connolly, TOR, Principal 1974-1984
I’ve known Mike for over 30 years. I saw Mike another 10 years before that at Egan events even while in high school myself and growing up in Levittown. Mike was a Levittown and Egan/CEC icon. He was a good friend of the Catholic League and a never ending supporter of his alma mater. When Egan merged with Conwell, it was not a bad day for Mike but a good day. He now had more sports, more things to do, more people to help and influence positively. He has seen many students go through the Egan/CEC experience and he was a part of it with them – maybe for a few minutes, or hours or many days but he was a part of it. Mike had a family of hundreds in the Egan/CEC family and his familiar face will be missed.
-- Sandy Knowles
On a personal note, Coach and I first met when I was 5 years old when I started attending Egan baseball practices/games, basketball games, and football games with my father. I can tell you he didn't always appreciate a smart-ass little kid running around the cage looking for a free soda but as I grew older eventually becoming a member of the Egan football team we both looked forward to our daily conversations down in the cage. Upon reflection he was a very positive influence on my life especially during my high school years and I hope he enjoyed my friendship as much as I did his. Thanks Coach for everything - you'll be missed.
Blaise Coleman '92
I would like to share with all of you one of the many notes that Tos wrote to my daughter Julianne Petraitis
who graduated from CEC in 2007 and was on the softball team. It reads:
60 days until practice
83 until you beat CR North
86 until H-H is blanked
We open with Wood, bad move for the Vikings
How good will we be in 2007
Look no further than the seniors
Its been 19 years since we beat Pennsbury back to back years
But AB will in back to back years.
Noone wants to play you but everyone wants to beat you.
Jules saved every note, letter and card that Tos gave her and cherished every phone call and gesture.
I thank you Tos for your kindness to my children and know that you are in a better place now.
I hope you are smiling down when reading these wonderful tributes and know that you are truly special
and will not be forgotten. God Bless.
-- Paula (Petraitis) Casmirri – Class of 1981
How fitting that such a wide variety of players, coaches and administrators have taken the time to check in and tell us how Mike Tos has touched their lives. As I read through everyone's memories I realize that Mike is remarkably giving us one final gift............the chance to remember and the chance to fully realize how great it is to call ourselves alumni of BE/CEC! Thanks again Mike.
-- Bill Kelly '76
I graduated from Egan in '75. After graduation, I worked at the school
for another 8 years. I also coached football for 6 years. I have known
Mike for 35 years. During that time I knew him as a dedicated, caring
person, one who lived and died Egan/Conwell-Egan sports. Luckily over
the last 4 years I got to know another part of Mike - Mike Tos the
friend. He & I spent many hours driving to games, sitting at games, or
just hanging around talking. We shared many stories, not all about
football, but also about teachers past & present, students, no matter
if you were a star athlete, or someone who never played sports, and
many other things in life. He always spoke highly of my 2 boys at
Egan. Mike always told me my son, Rob, had one thing in common with
Steve - they were the only 2 to score touchdowns as freshman, but then
he would laugh & say Rob needed a lot more to catch Steve. Mike left a
lasting impression on my family's life. I only regret that incoming
students will never know this great person.
Mike, you will be truly missed and always loved.
Rest in peace,
-- Bob Henry
Last night was the viewing for Tos and I was very impressed with the turn out and what the current football team did for him as a tribute. Now my memories with Tos go along way I was the student trainer/team manager with Conwell Egan from the 90 to 94 seasons. I spent numerous hours in the cage with Tos and on the field with him. Everyone loved Tos we went to lunch and dinner alot. I remember during school days going into the Ad office and there is Tos and Mr Knowles and Mr Harrington arguing over stats or who the best player on the team is and I would sit there and laugh. And always before I would leave I would set Tos up and ask Mr Harrington about the war and he would start to tell the story I would walk out with Mr Knowles and leave Tos there to hear the whole story. We would also be in the cage getting things ready fro practice or games and he would make nicknames up for everyone there are so many nicknames for people that they don't know about. They are some memories with Tos. I would like to thank Tos for all he has done for me he helped me to be a better person and taught me that when you get hit down get back up and give the hits. Tos I will miss the smirk on you when I would walk into games and the conversations we had . They were conversations on how my family was doing never about him he cared and loved all of his players, students. I miss ya Tos God speed and I will see you up in heaven when we get there.
-- Kevin Clark
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGES WERE SENT AFTER THE SERVICES FOR MIKE . . .
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This morning I attended a funeral service for a kind, honest and gentle friend; his name was Mike Tos. For those of you who have never been in St. Michael the Archangel church in Levittown, it is a very large church. Sitting there in St. Mike's this morning, surrounded by the CEC family, my heart was heavy and my eyes tearful; yet I felt so happy to see this church packed with people; alumni, students, parents, family and friends, here to pay tribute and say their last goodbyes to a man who touched so many young lives in such positive ways.
When I learned last week that Tos had passed away, the first thing that came to my mind was that God waited until this year's CEC football season was over to bring Tos home to heaven! I have not known Mike Tos for as long as many of you; I first met him when our family moved from New Jersey to Yardley in 2002 and our daughters enrolled in Conwell Egan. At that time, we knew absolutely not one person in all of Bucks county. We attended the first CEC home football game of the season and met a wonderful family sitting in front of us in the bleachers; their name is Slaton. Carl and Juanita befriended us when we knew no one, and our family friendship grew over the next 4 years at CEC as our daughters ran track with Steve, and we avidly followed CEC athletics, especially football, track and field hockey throughout the years. Through our friendship with the Slatons we came to know and love Tos (Steve's #1 FAN)!
Mike Tos was the kind of person that once you met him and looked past all of the things that might discourage a person from wanting to get to know him better, you would find the purest heart and most gentle spirit on earth. Reading all of these tributes, I feel somewhat envious that I did not have the privilege to know Tos longer than 5 years. My fondest memories will be of Tos sitting in our living room for the field hockey pasta parties, joining our senior day celebrations in the CEC cafeteria and watching him stroll over from football practice to the field hockey games; seeing how much he just enjoyed being around the kids and the athletes made you want to smile. My daugther's senior year she worked in Gertrude Hawke in the Oxford Valley Mall; Tos would often take the bus or walk there just to visit her and bring her a drink, snack or whatever. How many of us can say we have a true friend who would do that for us?
When Steph graduated from CEC in 2006, our family moved to West Chester. We returned to CEC for a few football and field hockey games, and the last time I saw Mike Tos was at a field hockey game that year. Our girls were both gone to college and I was there alone to cheer on the team. Tos spotted me and strolled over to chat about the season that Steve would have at WVU that year. I threw my arms around him with a big hug and we talked for a while. Today, listening to Father Fidelis' eulogy, I thought about Jesus and how much Tos resembled Him in every way; his humility, goodness, and unconditional love for the CEC family. How lucky we all were; we had Jesus in our presence, sitting on that bench behind CEC and maybe at the time, we didn't even know it.
"Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me."(Matthew 25:40)
-- Maria and Jerry Constantin
Lisa Constantin, 2005
Stephanie Constantin, 2006
-- Mike '99
After paying my respects to Mike Tos’ sister, I drove through my old neighborhood, past the house I grew up in on Robin Hill Lane. It looked a little beat up. Mike lived behind me on Rose Arbor Lane. I then drove past the Little League field where I played both pickup and organized games. It was dedicated to a kid I knew who died in Vietnam. Gone. I kept driving past Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (is that still its name?) and saw the basketball court, where I spent hours upon hours, was also gone. Then I went to my old grade school, St. Mike’s, perfect name for Mike’s funeral mass. Across the street, I saw that the Levittown Shop-a-Rama, which loomed majestically in my misspent youth, was now weeds growing concrete with a fence around it. Then I went to Mike’s funeral mass and my spirit was lifted on such a sad occasion. Rows and rows of people Mike had touched. Football players in their jerseys, softball team in its sweatshirts, the girls soccer team, student council members. So many people, old and young, I was touched. There was even some funny moments when one of the mikes sounded like those parents on Peanuts cartoons. Fortunately I could hear Father Fidelis’ words and they were right on target. The best possible way to be remembered was as a nice man who cared about people. I heard recently that someone that could have simply reached out and helped such a man decided not to. They should be ashamed of themselves. I hope they learned something from the reaction to Mike’s passing. God bless the guy.
-- Drew McQuade, Egan grad 1968
I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Coach Tos. He was and will always be remembered as a great man who loved rooting for people. He was a great fan of so many. I recently reconnected with him through Mr. Silary’s site and his passion for C-E football was never greater even in a difficult year. He specifically mentioned the five seniors and was very proud of their efforts through a difficult season. I will always remember with great fondness the interactions and time shared with such a wonderful person. I am sure Coach Tos received several game balls throughout the years but I am most proud he received the game ball from the 1988 team’s “upset” opening day victory over the 23 game unbeaten and I believe 2 time defending PCL Champion Bishop McDevitt Lancers. He wasn’t too proud to tell you that presentation of the game ball brought tears to his eyes for he knew all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into crafting this victory. Selfishly, I wonder who will be the guardian of C-E football and all things C-E because he was C-E. My deepest regrets go out to friends and family. God Bless.
-- Kevin Szczyrbak 1988 football grad, 1989 overall grad
I went to egan freshman and sophmore year. This year i transferred to
cardinal dougherty. Throughout my two seasons at CEC. Mike Tos became a very
familiar face. Every season tos would be at every single one of our
basketball games, and attend our practices almost everyday. Every week
we'd wait for tos' "weekly scouting reports." Somehow every week he would
predict us to win, which not only helped our self esteem, but it made us
want to win for him. This year when we play CEC i will be dedicating the
game to Mr Tos.
Rest in Peace brotha
-- Ryan Fitch
-- Jim Whitehead D-Line Coach CEC 2002-2007
It's too bad Mike Tos isn't with us any longer. He would have loved the Steve Slaton tribute day. My brother-in-law is Chuck Knowles and he was very close to Mike. He often told me how big a fan Mike was of Steve Slaton. I graduated from Egan in '73. I didn't play football and therefore never got to know Mike Tos. But from your tribute page, it is obvious how much of a positive impact he had on our alma mater.
-- Joe Nawrocki
-- Monte/Bishop Egan Class of 88
P.S. -- Peace to Mike and Joe Adamson. Two standup cats that gave a darn and helped me get to practice you two are never forgotten.