My best friend of over 40 years, Tom Peloquin, went home to be with the Lord today. He was 64 years old.
We met in Buick Exterior Studio in 1980, and we worked together there until I was transferred to Olds One in 1986. Tom was a major contributor to the Dean’s Garage book.
The last time I was with him was in May, 2019, during a visit to Michigan that included a visit to the GM Heritage Center. We corresponded frequently through emails and phone calls. We discussed car design, current events, faith, and family concerns.
Tom was quick-witted, and had a real talent for recalling stories of the different characters (and their exploits) we met at GM Design that included gestures and vocals. He was a very talented designer, and especially appreciated the styling of the early 2nd Generation Firebirds. He had a 1974 Formula that he never had the time and resources to restore, but I understand his sons intend to finish it.
Tom was a faithful man to his family and his beliefs.
He was like a brother. A once-in-a-lifetime friend.
I will miss him terribly.