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Thomas J. 'Tom' Boles

November 22, 1945 — March 8, 2019

Thomas J. "Tom" Boles, 73, passed away peacefully at home in the arms of his loving wife and daughters, on March 8, 2019, following a long illness. He was a life-long resident of the Kansas City area. All services held at Cure of Ars Catholic Church. Visitation from 3-5pm, March 17th. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am, March 18th. Burial at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Toms commitment to local charitable organizations such as KC Hospice & Palliative Care, Sisters Servants of Mary and Rockhill Manor.
Tom graduated from Southeast High School in 1963. Among his many high school accomplishments, he served as President of the Round Table and was a scholar athlete, achieving remarkable athletic success. From the time Tom was old enough to hold a baseball or football, and run, he played sports. His brother Mike was his biggest supporter helping to coach Tom along the way. He became a premier runner for Southeast Track & Field, breaking records and earning a scholarship to the University of Missouri.
Tom received his undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri and his Masters of Science from the University of Utah. After college, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving honorably as a reservist during the Vietnam War.
During Toms 18-year tenure at CIT Financial, beginning in 1971, he was a senior leader and headed offices in Kansas City, Omaha, and Atlanta. In 1989, he founded Summit Financial with his mentor, Fred Brown, former CEO of CIT Financial. When Summit Financial was successfully sold to First Business Bank of KC years later, Tom continued as president. Throughout his career, he developed innovative niche financial models for clients and owned small businesses.
Tom was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. He enjoyed fishing, boating, the lake, and coaching his girls in track and basketball. He was a loyal friend who kept in touch with a wide circle of friends over the years. Highly respected in the community, he was committed to local charities and served on multiple governance boards in the KC area. Family and friends remained close throughout the last 10 years when he needed them most. Though he couldnt express his love and gratitude in traditional ways in later years, he had a smile and loving touch for each person in his presence.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Geraldine (Clarkson) Boles and his nephew David Boles. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon Boles, three daughters, Valerie Veale (Stephen), Melanie Coen-Crisci (Christopher), and Hilary Boles; six grandchildren; Sophia Coen, Ellis Crisci, Olly Glynn, George Glynn, Carson and Sean Veale; brother E. Michael Boles (Ruth); nephew E. Michael Boles, Jr. (Julie), sister-in-law Saundra Lanning (James) and their family, niece, Leisa Boles and her daughters, Ashley and Allison.
Visitation Cure of Ars Catholic Church

Sunday, March 17, 2019

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

9401 Mission RoadLeawood, Kansas 66206
Directions Mass of Christian Burial Cure of Ars Catholic Church

Monday, March 18, 2019

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

9401 Mission RoadLeawood, Kansas 66206

There will be a luncheon immediately following Mass.
Directions Interment Calvary Cemetery

Monday, March 18, 2019

1:15 PM

6901 Troost AveKansas City, Missouri 64131

There will be full military honors presented at the cemetery in honor of Tom.

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