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In memoriam: Honouring the legacy of Tom O’Connor, the visionary founder of Rail Media

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It is with profound sorrow that we share the passing of Tom O’Connor, the esteemed founder of Rail Media, on Sunday 14 January 2024. Tom was not just a leader in the rail industry; he was a luminary whose visionary leadership, unwavering dedication, and commitment to excellence have left an indelible mark. His warm and engaging character was a source of inspiration, and his absence will be deeply felt by many.

A rail industry trailblazer

Tom’s legacy in the rail industry is unparalleled. He was more than just a trailblazer; he was a vocal advocate for the industry. His innovative spirit and relentless passion have not only shaped the trajectory of Rail Media but have also influenced the broader rail landscape. As a pioneer, he set new standards for excellence, becoming a beacon of inspiration for all fortunate enough to work alongside him.

A positive force for good

Tom’s impact extended beyond professional achievements. Notably, he spearheaded the creation of the RailStaff Awards, shining a light on those individuals in our industry who often go overlooked. He also established the website RailwayPeople.com, which has helped many individuals across the Rail industry find new career opportunities. Tom’s commitment to sustainability, safety, and community engagement has left an enduring impact, embodying his belief that success should be coupled with responsibility. His legacy of corporate responsibility and ethical leadership will continue to guide Rail Media in the years ahead.

The family of Tom O’Connor would like to invite all who knew him personally or professionally to join in the celebration of his life. Details can be found below.

Funeral service:

  •     Date: Friday 2 February
  •     Time: 10:45 am
  •     Location: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Station Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 2GJ.

Funeral reception:

  •     Date: Friday 2 February
  •     Time: 12:15 pm
  •     Location: Willesley Park Golf Club, Measham Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 2PF.

Tea and coffee will be available from 12:15 pm after the service at the reception, while the family proceeds to the crematorium. A buffet will be provided upon the family’s return to the reception.

Messages of condolence:

We recognise that many of you may wish to share your condolences during this challenging time. Please send your messages to [email protected], and we will ensure they are conveyed to the O’Connor family. We would also like to create a collection of “Memories of Tom O’Connor” to be shared publicly for all to read on the Rail Media website, so please let us know if you have a special memory that you would like to share.

As we mourn the loss of a visionary leader and dear friend, let us join together to celebrate Tom’s extraordinary life. His impact on the rail industry and the countless lives he touched will forever be remembered.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to Alzheimer’s Research UK, a cause close to their hearts.

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