Thomas F. Burgoyne, Sr.

December 23, 1940 - January 26, 2023

12/23/1940 - 01/26/2023

Past Services

Visitation
Monday January 30, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Visitation
Monday January 30, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Vigil Service
Monday January 30, 2023
7:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Visitation
Tuesday January 31, 2023
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday January 31, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
St. Michael Catholic Church
Wheeling, WV 26003
Directions
Cemetery
Tuesday January 31, 2023
1:00 pm
Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-0460 | Directions

Thomas Francis Burgoyne, Sr., 82, of Wheeling, West Virginia, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, on Thursday, January 26, 2023.
Tom was born on December 23, 1940, in Lancaster, Massachusetts, the oldest child of Francis and Alice (Langen) Burgoyne. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his beloved wife of 48 years, Kathy.
Tom graduated from Lancaster High School in 1958 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from St. Anselm College in 1963. Upon graduation, he began work as a clerk with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, DC. In 1965 he graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and began work as a Special Agent, under then-Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Tom’s career as an FBI agent started in Miami, Florida where he was assigned to the Fugitive Squad. He was then transferred to the Pittsburgh FBI Field Office. In the late 1960’s another transfer brought Tom to Wheeling, where he met and married his beloved wife Kathy. They settled in the neighborhood of Dimmeydale, and once in Wheeling, Tom poured his heart and soul into the community.
During his time at the Wheeling FBI Office, Tom headed the Federal Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. He dedicated numerous hours to the investigation of Wheeling’s organized crime groups and took pride in the numerous convictions which resulted.
Tom retired from the FBI in 1996 after 33 years with the Bureau and became the Deputy Director of the Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization, a Division of the National Institute of Justice, where he worked for 4 years. From 1997 to 1999 he taught Criminal Justice at Wheeling Jesuit University as an Adjunct Professor. In 2000, he was elected the Sheriff of Ohio County, West Virginia and was re-elected to the position again in 2004, where he served until 2008. In 2008 he obtained his private investigation license, forming TBI Investigations, an endeavor he continued until his death.
Tom made service to others a priority, and he dedicated much of his life to volunteer work. He coached youth baseball in Miami, later helped create and coach the Dimmeydale Rockets little league baseball team, coached YMCA flag football, and was a girls’ basketball coach at St. Michael Parish School. Throughout his life he served on the boards of several Wheeling organizations, including Wheeling Hospital, Crittendon Services; the Homeless Coalition, and Youth Services System, Inc. While Sheriff, he established a program called S.W.E.A.T., Support Wheeling’s Effort at Teens, and seeing his “S.W.E.A.T. kids” succeed in life brought him much joy.
Tom’s three children all graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School and Tom’s love for Central and its students was immeasurable. He joined Central’s Boosters club in 1985 and remained active with the club for the remainder of his life. He took pride in working as Central’s liaison to the Drug Free Clubs of America and then helped establish Clubs at schools across the Ohio Valley. He also established an endowment fund at Central in Kathy’s name, which provides tuition assistance to qualifying students. On Friday nights in the fall, you could usually find Tom on the sidelines of a Wheeling Central football game rooting on the Maroon Knights, no matter where in the state the game was being played.
In 2015, Tom and Kathy received the prestigious Bishop’s Cross by the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling- Charleston for their dedication and contribution to Catholic education.
In 2021, Youth Services System of Wheeling honored Tom with its Good Samaritan Award in honor of his mentorship and encouragement to others, which he often even extended to individuals he had previously arrested.
Tom’s love of the Boston Red Sox took root when he was a boy growing up in Massachusetts in the 40’s and 50’s. He was thrilled when, as part of the Good Samaritan Award, the Red Sox honored him during the seventh inning stretch of the Sox’s September 16, 2021 game against the New York Yankees as their “Hometown Hero.” He was on top of the world, with his children and grandchildren in attendance at the game.
Tom loved joining his family on beach vacations to Cape Cod, where he often ended the day with a plate of little neck clams or oysters on the half shell, a lobster, and a cold beer. He also looked forward to his annual winter trips to Florida, where he had built an entire community of friends. Most of all, he loved spending time watching his grandchildren participate in their respective sports and activities.
Of all his accomplishments, Tom was most proud of the family that he and Kathy built together. Surviving him are his daughter Erin K. Reisenweber (John) of Martinsburg, WV; his son Tom, Jr. of South Jordan, UT; his daughter Elizabeth A. Amico (Joseph) of Peabody, MA; and seven cherished grandchildren of whom he was so proud: Jack, Lilly, and Benjamin Reisenweber; Kenadee and Kannon Burgoyne; and Katie and Joey Amico. He also leaves his sister, Kathleen Durvarney (Steve) and brother Bill, both of Massachusetts; as well as beloved brothers in law and sisters in law on Kathy’s side of the family and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom were special to him. He also leaves his special friend, Bea Glenn, with whom he enjoyed much laughter and good times over the past couple years.
Family and friends will be received from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm on Monday, January 30, 2023 and again from 9:30am to 11:30am on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, WV.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Noon, Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1225 National Road, Wheeling, WV. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wheeling Central Catholic High School Tuition Assistance Program, 75-14th Street, Wheeling, WV 26003.

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Judy Braden
9 months ago

Judy Lee Braden
Light a candle in memory Thomas “Tom” F. Burgoyne

Mark and Judy Geary
1 year ago

Dear Erin, Tom and Beth,

Our love and prayers are with each of you. Your Dad and Mom have been our precious friends for more than sixty years. That they are together again is a comfort, but their loss to us and to so many others is profound. They loved you all, and your families, so much and were so very proud of your accomplishments. Throughout your lives you have been the happiest part of any conversations we had. Please know we’ll not forget them or you and we wish you all God’s blessings in the years ahead.

Mark and Judy

Lee Malone
1 year ago

My condolences. I was a classmate of Kathy’s at Wheeling Jesuit, and both Kathy & Tom were incredible people.

Sue Blevins
1 year ago

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with the Burgoyne family in the passing of Tom. He was a wonderful man in every sense of the word. He added so much to his community, whether it was his church, CCHS, city or county, you could count on Tom to be involved. He gave so much to Ohio County and beyond. He never forgot a face, and always spoke to everyone if given the opportunity. We are privileged to have had the opportunity to know him in all the years he was in Wheeling. His journey on earth may be over, but his memory will continue. We are sending our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. RIP Tom. You will be missed by anyone who had the opportunity to know you. Sue Blevins and H. Lawrence Jones

Vince & Ann Gallagher
1 year ago

We wish to add our tribute to an outstanding gentleman who provided countless services for his community and had received many accolades throughout the years. A dedicated family man who will be missed yet his memory will live on.

Patrick M. Coughlan
1 year ago

Tom was a fine man who will be greatly missed by many. He was proud of his Irish heritage, and always enjoyed hearing me play the bagpipe for the Dimmeydale 4th of July parade every year. When he was selected to be the Grand Chieftain for the Wheeling Celtic Celebration years ago, he wore the sash proudly and took the position very seriously.
My sincere condolences to his family; May Tom rest in peace in the Glory of our Lord.
Patrick Coughlan

Zach Carenbauer
1 year ago

To the kids , grandkids and extended family ,

Your dad ,grandpa and sheriff and kind human being !! He will be missed by lots and enjoyed every encounter I ever had with him at school, church , or even in the community!! Blessings to all over you as you say goodbye . Deepest condolences and sympathy to all !! I’ll keep praying for comfort during a sorrowful time in life !! Thank you for sharing your dad with us in grade school and high school and beyond !! What a great teacher and what a inspiration to all !! Peace be with everyone and lots of blessings for the future!!
Love and prayers,
Zach Carenbauer

Debra A Toland
1 year ago

My condolences and love to Erin, Tommy, and Beth. Your father was a wonderful, wonderful man. I will never forget when I was a “new” teacher at Wheeling Central, and he attended a parent night. After my presentation, he lingered a few moments to speak with me. I will not share what he said, although I remember his exact words distinctly. He gave me such self- confidence and renewed my faith in my chosen profession. I will never forget his kindness. May you find peace knowing that he truly was a holy man and earned his place in heaven.

The Bedard Family
1 year ago

Our condolences to the Burgoyne and Amico families. We will always remember Tom as a “bigger than life” figure, ”full of life” …but most of all a man who “lived life to the FULLEST”. He was a “good and faithful servant” to his God, to his family, to his community and to his fellow man. Tom always looked for the good in others and always gave the best that he had. We are all better people because of Tom and the world is a much better place because of him. “When much is given, much is expected”; he and his wonderful wife Kathy were a dynamic couple who gave much of themselves to enrich the lives of people in the Wheeling community and beyond.  Tom would always end our reunions with a hearty hug and “ I love you guys! “ …love you too Tom…the Bedard family will miss you very much. Give Kathy a big hug from us! Godspeed! 

Tom & Diane Fredericks
1 year ago

Our sincere condolences to the Burgoyne family at the loss of their loved one. We were blessed to have known Tom through the friendship of our daughters. May you find joy in your many memories, peace knowing he is at a well-deserved resting place and love from the thoughts and prayers of friends and neighbors.