Thomas Matthew Cheever
Thomas Matthew "TC"
Cheever, 43, of Somerville, formerly of Wakefield, died on
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 following a fierce battle with
pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends and his
father and uncle were holding his hands.
He was born at the
Cambridge City Hospital on December 12, 1969, moved with his parents
to Wakefield in 1972, and welcomed his brother, Daniel, in 1973.
The brothers would remain close throughout their lives.
Tom’s passion for
performance and humor developed at an early age. He was a fixture
on Wakefield High School's educational access TV, WHS-TV Channel 16
with his show, Trivia Live! The show’s live, spontaneous format
showcased Tom's quick wit, his remarkable sense of humor, and his
encyclopedic knowledge. The TV show endeared him to many Wakefield
residents, including one who would go on to become his collaborator
and life-long friend, Steve Hoey.
Tom's other passion
in high school was his study of Latin. He attended many National
Junior Classical League Conventions, and it was here that he met his
friend and kindred spirit Hal Rather, whose untimely death from
Leukemia at the age of 22 would inspire Tom to run the Walt Disney
World Marathon in 2004, an event he considered one of his greatest
Tom attended Dean
College, studying radio broadcasting and production, interning first
at 92 PRO-FM in Providence, and then at WFNX in Lynn. He was
thrilled to be part of the Boston music scene, rubbing shoulders
with some of his favorite musicians and radio personalities.
Tom joined the
improvisational comedy troupe Renegade Duck in 1992, and from then
on would be known as “TC Cheever”, the name by which so many friends
call him and the name with which he wrote and performed for the rest
of his life. He went on to perform with ImprovBoston, Musical
Improv Company, the Gold Dust Orphans, Boston News Net, and the
48-Hour Film Festival. He was able to pursue another great passion,
musical theater, through ImprovBoston, and wrote and directed
scripted musicals including What The Dickens?!, and An
Evening With Ladley and Craig.
More than performing,
more than his friends, more even than The Beatles, Tom’s greatest
passion and accomplishment was his three children. Annabelle, Theo,
and Harry were the guide stars by which he set his course through
life. His final years were incredibly happy thanks to his partner
Gillian, whose love and compassion filled his heart and soul with
happiness and laughter in both good times and bad.
Tom is survived by
his father, Thomas J., and his brother, Daniel B., of Wakefield; by
his three amazing children, Annabelle D., Theodore J., and Harry J.,
and their mother Jenney, of Wakefield; by his loving partner,
Gillian Mackay-Smith, of Somerville; and by his countless devoted
friends the world over.
friends are invited to a memorial celebration of his life to be held
at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville on
February 2, 2013 from 6:00-10:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made in Tom’s memory to the TC Cheever Family Trust. Donations
may be sent to Eastern Bank, 445 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tucker Gosnell Center for
Gastrointestinal Cancers at the Massachusetts General Hospital.