Tom Burlingame |

Tom Burlingame

April 24, 1953 ~ April 28, 2019

Tom Burlingame was born on April 24th, 1953 and passed away on April 28th, 2019, just after his sixty-sixth birthday. Prior to the brain aneurism that took his life, Tom had survived three cancers and two back surgeries. He fought hard to live a full life before losing his battle.

A true child of the ‘60s, Tom grew up in the working-class section of Palo Alto. He and his three siblings were raised by Shirley, his free-spirited single mother. Their home was often frequented by such counter-culture figures as Ken Kesey, artist Roy Sebern, prankster Page Browning, organizer Hugh Romney (better known as Wavy Gravy), screenwriter Gene Farmer, as well as prominent musicians and political activists of the day.

Tom moved to South Lake Tahoe in the mid ‘70s, where he spent the next forty years of his life. Inspired by the rebuilding of his childhood home that was gutted by a tragic fire, he worked in construction and was an accomplished woodworker, making beautiful boxes, cribbage boards, clocks, and furniture. In his younger years, he was an excellent mechanic who enjoyed working on vintage cars. Tom loved music and dancing, especially to the Grateful Dead.

During his time in Lake Tahoe, he enjoyed all Mother Nature had to offer—bike riding, swimming, and in his younger days, cross-country skiing. He was fond of all animals, especially birds and cats.

Tom was preceded in death by his older sister, Ann, and his beloved mother, Shirley, whom he adored. He is survived by his sister Ariel and brother Joe; also, many nieces and nephews including Alex Manousos, Missy Manousos, Eric Burlingame, Josie Harper, Cabel Schoen, Robin Schoen, Sarah Schoen, and brothers-in-arms Bill Brown, Les Isaksen, David Stark, Steve and Lori Turle, and many friends who truly loved him. Though reclusive, he will be missed by many.

A Celebration of his life is planned for June 1st at the Tahoe residence of Steve and Lori Turle. For details please email Lori at

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