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Past NRMCA Board Chairman Tom McHale Dies at 80

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NRMCA Past Board Chairman Thomas J. McHale died on October 10 at the age of 80. Mr. McHale served as chairman of the Board of Directors in 1992. Universally liked and respected throughout the ready mixed concrete industry, Mr. McHale died in Hilton Head Island, SC, where he retired with his (now late) wife Sheila.

"We send our deepest condolences to Tom's family," said NRMCA President Robert Garbini. "I and many others look back in fondness on the times we spent with him at many business meetings and afterward in more social settings. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by many."

Born in Pawtucket, RI, he was the son of the late Francis and Jane (Meehan) McHale. Mr. McHale worked much of his life in a family-owned business, Pawtucket Ready Mixed Concrete Co. and John J. McHale and Sons, retiring in 2000. Besides being a longtime member of NRMCA, Mr. McHale was involved in several professional and volunteer organizations, including member of the first Board of Directors of Beacon Mutual Insurance Company, member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, member of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, past chairman of the Pawtucket Kiwanis Club and active in the Hilton Head Kiwanis Club. He was also active in the reform of worker's compensation in Rhode Island, and was a candidate for public office (RI Senate).

He is pre-deceased by his wife, Sheila, and survived by his children Alan and his wife Nicole of Coventry, RI; Kim Keck and her husband Phil of Providence, RI; and Melissa Tarantino and her husband Tom of Fort Mill, SC. He was also the cherished grandfather of five grandchildren and is survived by his four sisters.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 19, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Manning-Heffern Funeral Home, 68 Broadway, Pawtucket. A service will be held Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with a burial to follow at Mount Saint Mary Cemetery in Pawtucket. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice Care of the Low Country, PO Box 3827, Bluffton SC 29925. For additional information and online condolences visit

Information contained here was taken from an obituary published in The Providence Journal.


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