2.2 min readBy Published On: July 6th, 2017Categories: Caught In Southie, Features32 Comments on Tom Tinlin: Thanks for your love and support!

UPDATE: Tom Tinlin announced on Wednesday he will not be returning to his position as Mass DOT’s Highway Division Administrator. Back in the spring, Tom went on leave after surgery for a brain aneurysm.  He was expected to return to work this week but has decided to resign to spend more time with his family.  According to an article in the Boston Globe, the decision was not an impulsive one and the his family are the most important part of his life.  We wish Tom all the best!  He’s an amazing guy with an amazing family!  

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Tom Tinlin is overwhelmed.  “The outpouring of love, prayers and support for me and my family has been humbling.”  The life long Southie guy and Mass DOT’s Highway Division Administrator had the scare of his life earlier this week.  He had been suffering from headaches for a week but the situation grew from concerning to scary this past Sunday. “I was doing the live auction at the Fourth Fest and while I was up on stage it felt as though someone came up from behind me and cracked me over the head with a baseball bat,” said Tinlin.  Having a strong work ethic, he quickly finished up the final two auction items and had his wife Heather drive him to the emergency room at Beth Israel.

Tinlin suffered an aneurysm in his brain and had to have emergency surgery to repair the damage.  His surgery was successful and he is on the mend for the next two weeks. “From the security guard who met me at the front door, to the doctors and nurses, the level of care could not be more stellar. The doctors were really honest with me when they explained that things could have been much, much different for me.”  Tinlin went on to say, “The real hero here is Heather, I never knew she could drive like that. It looked like a scene from Starsky and Hutch! The big lesson learned, is manage your care. If you don’t get headaches and get some insist your doctor do the appropriate tests and don’t be talked out of it. We know our bodies better then anyone.  My phone has been blowing up. It’s good to know people don’t hold a grudge on all those parking tickets! Seriously,  I just want to thank the entire South Boston and broader community.  I have not felt alone on any part of this journey.”

Continue to send your love and prayers to Tinlin and his family!  He is genuinely one of the nicest, funniest and kindest guys we know!

Tinlin pictured with his son Thomas and his daughter Grace. 



  1. Sheryl Mulrean May 4, 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Hi Tommy, So glad to hear you are doing well. My prayers will be with you for a speedy recovery. Take care , God Bless.

  2. Kim May 4, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I was at the Fourth Fest and you would never have known. I happy he is ok and recovery. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  3. Bob Lee May 4, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Prayers for a speedy recovery Tom.

    Bob Lee

  4. charles DiBlasi May 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Tom it’s great to see you smiling with your family. Your strength and willpower will have you back on your feet in no time. You’re a true gentleman.

  5. Joe May 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Glad to hear your on the mend, Tom. Best wishes for a speedy recovery

  6. Kevin Conroy May 4, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Get well soon, Tom!

  7. Lisa Ochs May 4, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    ???????? I know that feeling so well and remember it like it was yesterday. It’s been 9 years since my brain aneurysm surgery. Wish you well and a speedy recovery Tommy ????????

  8. Alice Tallent May 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    So glad to know your on the mend. Your a credit to the Southie community . Keeping you and yours in my prayers. Alice Tallent

  9. Lee Blasi May 4, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Happy to hear everything went well. Prayers coming your way.
    Lee Blasi

  10. Christine May 4, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    AMEN and so GLAD you are well – and sage advice – be your own advocate – we all know our own bodies and should be alert to anything that persists too long or is a totally new, out of nowhere symptom. Heal quickly (but get your rest!)

  11. Ellen B May 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Tom, Heather and family, prayers are with you and your blessed recovery.

  12. Kim selter May 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Great to hear u caught it before things got worse..praying for a speedy recovery

  13. Sal Di Stefano May 4, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply


    Maria and I are praying for you. You are a great person with a wonderful family. We are thankful you are ok.

  14. Anna McKinnon May 4, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Tommy so glad that you had the presence of mind to know it was a serious problem, my son lost his best friend his senior year in high school to an aneurysm. They do not discriminate by age. You were truly blessed. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a long healthy life from here on out.

    Anna Sutera-McKinnon

  15. Larry Brophy May 5, 2017 at 1:00 am - Reply

    May the 4th be with you during your recovery. Larry & Nan

  16. Maryanne jenner May 5, 2017 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Hey tommy I hope you have a quick recovery . God bless you and your
    Family . Tommy is a great guy . And I’m glad he is ok ????????????❤️

  17. Franny Hoey May 5, 2017 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Glad you are doing better! And God bless your wife and her driving acumen!! ????

  18. mplo May 5, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    H, Tom.

    Without knowing you and your family personally, and not being from South Boston, I’m sorry to hear that you were stricken with such a horrible illness. It’s good that you got such good care at such a good hospital. Here’s hoping that you have a speedy recovery and that you’re back on your feet soon. All the best of luck to you and yours.

  19. Randi and Bob Lathrop May 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Tom, thank she god you are OK. Listening to your body is the best medicine. Thinking of you and your family . Sending white light to you my friend. Stopping working so hard too. Best.

  20. Joe Anderson May 5, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Just like you Tommy to finish the job lol get well soon Tommy, ps mousey

  21. Mark Cuddahy May 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Hey T,glad to hear everything went well,your a lucky man,ill keep you in my prayers.thank god Heather can drive!!!

  22. Maureen Cribben May 5, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Take care Tom . you are the best You aren in my thoughts

    MaureenCribben lyons

  23. Mary & Jim Collins May 5, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Speedy recovery Tom.

  24. Pat Dillon May 6, 2017 at 12:47 am - Reply

    Thoughts, Prayers and Speedy Recovery

  25. Lilian May 6, 2017 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Glad you are doing better! Wishing you a speedy recovery and best wishes for you and family.

  26. Julie (McCusker) Sanabria May 6, 2017 at 2:23 am - Reply

    Hi Tom,
    Glad that you got the help and care you needed. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

  27. Cookie Comeau May 6, 2017 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Good luck in your recovery, Tom. Scary!

  28. Bob Medico May 8, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Hope you have a speedy recovery Tom !!

  29. Jack Giambusso May 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom glad to see you are doing better,have a quick recovery

  30. Phil McMann Jr July 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Tom, glad to hear you are doing better and hope you have a speedy recovery! All the Best to you and the family!

  31. Kathleen Flaherty July 6, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Prayers daily to you and your family…i truly believe in the power of pray and for years you have dedicated yourself to making our town great …so take a breath and enjoy your life and family

  32. Gigi and Betty Washburn July 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    OMG so glad that you went right to the hospitall. Glad that you are doing better. Prayers for you and your family for a complete recovery

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