Tom Riley

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Thomas Dale Riley Jr.
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Tom redirects here. For other uses see Tom (disambiguation).

Thomas Dale Riley Jr., best known by his nickname, Tom, was a resident of Odyssey who was around from the very first Family Portraits episode, #FP01: “Whit's Visitor” until the end of the second decade. Tom was born in Marion, Indiana (or Odyssey according to Clubhouse Magazine and The Official Guide); he lived on and owned a large apple farm, which he inherited from his father. In #202: “Timmy's Cabin”, Tom learned that at least some of the apple trees on his farm were originally sown by Johnny Appleseed. Tom's roles included being the mayor of Odyssey, a little league coach and a member of various boards in the town of Odyssey. Tom never dreamed how much he would accomplish combining his small-town idealism with big-town effects.

History

Political Life

Tom's political life expanded after his friends urged him to run for mayor (#286: “Tom for Mayor, Part 1” & #287: “Tom for Mayor, Part 2”). Unfortunately, Tom's time as mayor was plagued with troubles brought on by the Blackgaard saga. After his term expired, Tom returned to farming, but was eventually inspired by the memory of his late son Timmy to create a recreation center at his farm for kids from the inner city. Prior to his term as mayor, Tom served as a City Councilman.

Personal life

Family

See Riley family Tom's second wife, Agnes Riley, was mentally ill and was last heard living at Hillingdale Haven. Tom married her after losing his first wife to cancer. He also had a son, Timmy Riley, who drowned in a boating accident before Tom remarried; he started the Timothy Center after his son died and named it in his honor. Tom was the brother of Rebecca Riley and the son of Tom Riley Sr.; he also had a great-niece, Jami Martin.

Friends

Tom was good friends with John Whittaker, Bernard Walton, and many others. Tom Riley got along well with kids and was always willing to give advice to them, if needed. Tom was never keen on technology or fancy words and, especially in the earlier seasons, was frequently at odds with Eugene on such subjects. After the debut of Bernard Walton, however, Tom and Eugene were portrayed as less-adversarial friends.

Death

Tom hadn't been heard of since Walker Edminston's last episode (#632: “Suspicious Finds”), the lines for which he recorded before his death. Tom was finally written out of the show in Legacy, Part 1 when it was mentioned that he named Whit, Connie and Eugene as his beneficiaries following his death. It was also mentioned that Tom had been dead "for years" before this episode, placing the year of his death somewhere between 2008 and (at the latest) 2015.

Farm

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Tom had a family farm that has been a key location in several episodes. Besides being the location of the Timothy Center, it has also been the site where Novacom built a communications tower. The farm is located a fair distance outside Odyssey, apparent due to the fact that Whit can pick up and have a conversation with Aubrey Shepard before getting to town in #418: “Opening Day”.

Trivia

Album Appearances

Tom Riley has appeared in the following albums:

Tom Riley has appeared on the front cover of the following albums:

Tom Riley has appeared on the back cover of the following albums:

Quotes

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Episodes

Tom Riley has appeared in 137 episodes, has been voiced by 2 actors, and has received an average user rating of 90.3%.

All (137)  · Chad Reisser (1989)  · Walker Edmiston (1987-2008)

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