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“I grew up with Tommy in Elmira NY we used to play wiffelball and football on his side yard when we were kids before he became famous sorry to hear...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: Ed Sorgenfrei - Tampa, FL

“Tommy was a neighbor of ours for many years. He, Susan, and the boys became a second family to ours as we entered one another's home as if it were...Read More »
2 of 40 | Posted by: Matthew Goethals - Needham, MA

“tommy.....i'm so very sad..this is all so wrong :( ”
3 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“I knew Tom from Elmira and URI. My condolences to the Niles family. We shared some drives from URI to Elmira and it was a pleasure to be with him. ”
4 of 40 | Posted by: Jeff Cohen - Newton, MA

“Tommy- today, your birthday, remembering that you were Dad's TEN-Spot and the joy of Mom's life. We love you forever....Margi, Connie and Janey ”
5 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“Last Monday, I was fortunate enough to play in a golf outing with Tommy and our pal Sam Goethals. Clearly, Tommy was in a really good place. Work...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Michael Chvany - Arlington, MA

“To the Niles Family,We are so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy and we will all miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this...Read More »
7 of 40 | Posted by: - Needham, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I knew him when he attended First Parish in Needham as part of our small group ministry group. I found him...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Leslie Nelken - Needham, MA

“so blessed to have been able to spend time at the Nantucket compound and a little over a year ago spend time with Tommy in Boston. He was so proud of...Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Joe Colucci - Scottsdale, AZ


10 of 40 | Posted by: Lydia Tom - NY

“To The Niles Family,My sincere condolences - thoughts and prayers are wit you all - Tom was a Good Man - the best honor I feel may be bestowed.I am...Read More »
11 of 40 | Posted by: Gary McNeill - Needham, MA

“We knew Tom through our family in Needham, a relationship that spanned many years. Kind, responsive and caring, he always had a warm smile and was a...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Carol and Paul Stenberg - MASHPEE, MA

“Bob, Kerry and Grace Fitzgerald ”
13 of 40 | Posted by: Bob Fitzgerald - Needham, MA

“Tommy, thank you for being a true and kind friend. Dennis and I will always cherish our memories on Nantucket at your compound. We will always love...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Dennis and sally Talbot - MA

“My most sincere sympathy to the Niles family. We lived in the same neighborhood in Elmira, NY and Tommy's sisters Connie & Jane were our frequent...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: Sun City Center - FL

“Tommy Niles was a great brother and friend. He will be missed by everyone who had the joy of knowing him. Rest in Peace Brother.Rich Brown...URI 84...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Richard Brown - Glen Allen, VA

“To all of Tom's Family and Friends:Nancy, our family and I express our most sincere condolences to all and each of you.I had the pleasure of working...Read More »
17 of 40 | Posted by: Michael and Nancy Voccola and Family - RI

“My deepest condolences to Tommy's family. He was a great teammate at URI football and I can't remember Tom saying a bad word about anyone. His smile...Read More »
18 of 40 | Posted by: David Wienke - IL

“We feel blessed to know the Niles family. We are grateful to Tom for all of the hours that he put into coaching our sons, it was truly a special...Read More »
19 of 40 | Posted by: Greg, Kerry, Tim and Donnie Igo - MA

“I am so proud to know that Tommy Niles made a mark in the lives of others by serving. Thank you for taking your upbringing, education, work ethic,...Read More »
20 of 40 | Posted by: Benita Eldridge - Elmira, NY

“Tommy was always smiling and his positive energy filled up the room and everyone in it. This tragic event has affected so many but not as much as...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Kristina and Ned Desmond

“My most sincere sympathy to Tom's family. I was one of Tom's high school teachers and I also coached him in JV Baseball. He was a fine a...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Ed Robinson - Fair Haven, NY

“I had the pleasure of getting to know Tommy a bit over the past year and it always warmed my heart to see the love that radiated between him and...Read More »
23 of 40 | Posted by: Mayrah Udvardi - New York, NY

“Katie - sincere prayers for you and Thomas' family and friends. May God provide a peace and comfort to you all in the days ahead. May precious...Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: David Bowers - Washington, DC


25 of 40 | Posted by: Alma Balonon-Rosen - Boston, MA

“Dear Aaron,Ben and Caleb,We were deeply saddened by the news of your father's passing.As you were growing up, we had the pleasure of watching your...Read More »
26 of 40 | Posted by: Jill Ziemski - Jericho, VT

“All our love. ”
27 of 40 | Posted by: Courtney, Maya, Stella, & John Martin Cary - CA

“I had the privilege of getting to know Tom for a brief period during our hotels' pre opening and opening and was always struck by how genuine and...Read More »
28 of 40 | Posted by: Monica Hurd - Boston, MA

“I have known Tom well for many years and we became very close. Tom changed my life. I know parts of his entire history but not very well. I know...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: Eamon O'Marah - Boston, MA

“I have known Tom well for many years and we became very close - Tom changed my life. I know parts of his entire history but not very well. I know...Read More »
30 of 40 | Posted by: Eamon O'Marah - Dover, MA


31 of 40 | Posted by: Patty, Sean & Sarah Garabedian - MA

“Our sincere sympathy to your families. Sending you strength and prayers at this difficult time. ”
32 of 40 | Posted by: Karen and Chuck Bognanni - MA

“So sorry for your loss, im saddened by the news. Boys, your dad was the best i greeve with you. ”
33 of 40 | Posted by: Joey Kinch - Newton


34 of 40 | Posted by: Dana Bourland - NYC, NY

“Love you Tommy! I'll miss you my man. Our (Alden, Caden, Noah, Eve, and I) prayers are with your family. We are so so sorry. ”
35 of 40 | Posted by: Sam Simons - Easton, CT

“Sending deepest sympathies to all the Swensons and Niles families. May the time you had with Tommy always be cherished as a blessing and give you...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“We are heartbroken for the Niles and Swenson's. We loved Tommy so much and will cherish our happy memories of Summer's spent on Nantucket.With love...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“Tom, you will be missed,great memories throughout the years, funny stories and lots of laughs. ”
38 of 40 | Posted by: John Sinnott - Mattapoisett, MA


39 of 40 | Posted by: cathy Little-Journalist - Needham, MA


40 of 40 | Posted by: Sally, Jim, Taylor, Sam, and Parker Kane - MA


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Thomas Edward Niles of Wellesley, MA, formerly of Needham, MA, passed away unexpectedly on May 17th. Tommy is survived by his sons Aaron, Benjamin and Caleb of Needham and their mother Susan Niles; his fiancée Katie Swenson and her daughters Sophie, Olivia and Bliss of Wellesley; his four older siblings, Peter Niles (Nancy), Marguerite Grieco (Brien), Connie Alford (Kevin), Mary Jane Niles (John Higgins); and his nieces and nephews Adrienne Kinkade, Alex Grieco, Daniel Millen, and Connor Alford. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary Jane Furey Niles and Glenn Harding Niles.
Tommy was born on May 25, 1960 in Elmira, New York, the youngest of five children. He attended Elmira Free Academy High School, where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball. As a senior, he was named Class Athlete and received the Ernie Davis Award, which was especially meaningful because Davis, also a graduate of Elmira Free Academy and the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, was an idol for Tommy. Football was his passion. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of Rhode Island, where he received the Scholar Athlete Award. His love for the game provided him with a family of friends who remained dear to him throughout his life. Known for his sharp intellect and far-reaching love of history, science, math and philosophy, he graduated in 1984 with a degree in civil engineering and was awarded Tau Beta Pi honors from the National Engineering Honors Society.
While at URI, Tommy completed ROTC and was commissioned in the United States Army in 1983 as a 2nd lieutenant. He served as a Company Commander in the Army National Guard and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal. He served as a troop commander in Italy and Croatia. While in the service, Tommy relished in the opportunity to travel Europe, particularly in and around Venice. He retired from the service in 1991 as a Captain.
Tommy married Susan Hylka and moved to Needham where he raised his beloved sons, Aaron, Ben and Caleb. He coached his sons and many Needham boys in Pop Warner Football, Little League Baseball, and even hockey, despite not having played the game himself. He built rinks in his backyard and hosted many beautiful days of skating, sometimes with music or a movie projector. In college, he was a lifeguard for the Town of Nantucket and later realized his dream of building a home there, where his children enjoyed many magical summers. He had enormous love for each of his sons and treasured being their father.
Tommy started his career in real estate and development in Providence in 1983, building transformative urban projects across the country. He joined Trammell Crow Company in Boston in 1989. As a Principal, he was responsible for developing commercial, hotel and retail assets, including the award-winning conversion and rehabilitation of the Batterymarch Hilton Hotel, a historic 1929 Art-Deco tower. Tommy joined NeXcomm Capital Partners in 2000, where he was responsible for real estate acquisitions and development. In 2002, he founded NPV Development where his projects included Waterplace Park in Providence. In 2004, he partnered with CV Properties to develop American Brewery Lofts, a 79-unit historic restoration in Boston. As Sr. Vice President and Principal at CV Properties, he continued to oversee numerous developments, many of them renovations of cherished historic properties, including Art-deco rehabilitation project redevelopment of Post Office Square Tower and in 2016, opening the Aloft and Element Hotels in Boston's Seaport District. He was leading the development of South Street Landing, the historic rehabilitation of a century-old power plant, which will welcome Brown University and the RI Nursing Education Center in the Fall of 2017.

Tommy was also deeply committed to making a difference in the lives of others. He was especially devoted to the South Shore YMCA, and was named to the Chairman's Roundtable in recognition for his visionary stewardship of the design and completion of an innovative new building which nurtures the rich diversity and inclusive spirit of the Quincy community.
On March 11, 2015, he met Katie Swenson and began a rich and loving new chapter in his life. He later told Katie that this day "led to many of the happiest days of my life." Grounded in unwavering love and support for each other and their shared commitment to their six children, they experienced a love that touched and inspired the many people in their lives. Tommy embraced Katie's daughters as his own, and they in turn opened their hearts to his infectious smile and irresistible kindness. Tommy was engaged to Katie, the love of his life, on April 4, 2016 and they were to be married on July 22, 2017.
Despite his excellent health, Tommy suffered a heart attack on the early morning of May 17th. Katie and his cherished sons were by his side.
Everyone who knew Tommy was blessed to be his friend. Everyone was touched by his grace and love. He was a gentle soul who made you feel welcome and at ease. He was kind and principled, and he had a curiosity and delight for the world around him. Most of all, he cherished and was incredibly proud of all of his children. He will be deeply missed.
Visiting hours will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham on Monday May 22nd from 4-8 pm. A funeral service will be held in the Wellesley Congregational Church (The Village Church), 2 Central St., Wellesley, on Tuesday at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tommy's memory to the South Shore YMCA, https://give.ssymca.org/Tom-Niles or the Equal Justice Initiative, eji.org.

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Wellesley Congregational (The Village Church)

2 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
(781) 235-1988