Tommy Singleton of The University Club of Orlando

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Tommy Singleton of The University Club of Orlando

Tommy Singleton of The University Club of Orlando

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jtracy
January 25, 2017

A portrait of Tommy Singleton, quality assurance manager for The University Club of Orlando.

The portrait commissioned by University Club member Russell Hughes hung in the foyer of The University Club of Orlando.

Known by many in Orlando as a "friend to all," Mr. Singleton is especially remembered by The University Club of Orlando members.

Attorney Terry Young was about 12 years old in 1964, tagging along with his father, Dr. Robert W.Young, to the club when he met Singleton. "I remember to this day, the first person I met there was Tommy Singleton," Young said. "He was a friend to everyone and an institution at the University Club. He cared about every person who walked through those doors," Young said... Read more.

Listen as Paul Halyard of The University Club of Orlando remembers Tommy Singleton in this excerpt from an oral history interview at The University Club of Orlando on June 3, 2016.

LISTEN Part II (18:09)

We had a man here that I met the first day I walked in, is Tommy Singleton. And Tommy was a native, I guess. He was born here in the Orlando area, and he came to us from The Angebilt [Hotel] when The University Club was in The Angebilt he was over there. I asked him one time I said, "What was here at The University Club before it was The University Club?" He said, "Well, I used to walk to Winn Dixie which is in the parking lot across the street." He said he knew the lady who owned the house here. And so they tore this house down and McCree built this building in I think 1960. And so it's been here since the sixties. So it's been here 40-55 years, 56 years.

And Tommy was someone that you remember from the beginning? Yeah, he was one of the first people I met when I came here. And we had many managers and just great, great staff and great people. As far as the employees here, always outstanding employees....

In this excerpt from an oral history interview with Leon Handley at The University Club of Orlando on March 2, 2016, Mr. Handley recalls the portrait of Tommy Singleton at The University Club.

LISTEN Part III (18:22)

Tommy Singleton, his portrait is hanging there in the entry foyer of the club. Russell Hughes, one of the members of the club here, had that commissioned to paint Tommy's portrait and gave it to the club. He took over from Henry [West] and for the rest of Tommy's life he looked after us here and was our majordomo with things going along swimmingly under his direction....

 

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