Thomas S. Shilen Jr., 56

Thomas ShilenThomas S. Shilen Jr., of Greenwich passed away Monday, January 25. He was 56. Tom was born on March 23, 1959 in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Coral Gables, FL.

Tom graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL and received a degree in financial accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He started his career with Deloitte and Touche and his esteemed career included senior financial positions at Pepsi, General Electric, American Express, Sara Lee, and recently, as the CFO of CBS News.

He was the President of the Auburn University Equestrian Team Parents Association, a member of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Advisory Board, and a board member of the Villa Maria School in Stamford, CT. He also served on the boards of Kids and Crisis in Greenwich CT and BuildON in Stamford, CT for many years.

Tom loved fly fishing, boating, Notre Dame football and spending time on the beach with his family. He was passionate about his daughter Jacqueline’s equestrian team at Auburn University and spending time with all of his children.

Tom was a dedicated husband and father who lived life for his family and friends. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Mary-Ellen, cherished daughters Jacqueline and Julia, and son Nicholas.

He is also survived by his loving mother Helen Briggle of Coral Gables FL, brother John, his wife Sheila and their three children, Jonathan, Cristin and Caitlin of Greenwich CT., stepbrothers Joseph Briggle , William Briggle and Jack Briggle and their families. Tom is predeceased by his stepfather Dr. William Briggle and his sister, Marilee Shilen.

To honor Tom’s life, family and friends will gather on Friday from 5-8pm at Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home 134 Hamilton Ave in Greenwich.Tel  (203) 869-5968. A mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday 12:30pm, at St. Michael the Archangel in Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Kids in Crisis or the Auburn University Equestrian Team.

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