Tom Sheils, veteran personal manager and promoter, died June 24 in Laguna Hills, Calif., after a brief illness. He was 87.
Mount Vernon, N.Y., native was a graduate of the U. of Notre Dame and got his first showbiz job in August 1941 as program coordinator for Glenn Miller’s “Sunset Serenade” radio broadcasts.
While with Miller he was at various times responsible for radio production, record promotion, and office management. He also assisted in the personal management of the Glenn Miller Singers.
As his business expanded, Sheils went into the personal management business on a full-time basis and stayed in that business for 41 years. He eventually partnered with Al Bruno, and over the years they handled such talents as Johnny Carson, Jimmy Dean, the DeCastro Sisters, the Modernaires, Peter Marshall, Mike Douglas, Evelyn Knight, the Tex Beneke Orchestra, Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell.
After Sheils retired to his home in Southern California, he worked to keep the memory of Glenn Miller alive.
He is survived by five children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Donations may be made to The Tom Sheils Memorial at Serra Retreat, P. O. Box 127, Malibu, CA 90265.