Thomas Twomey, Law Firm Founder, Dies at 68
Thomas A. Twomey Jr., an attorney and civic leader, died of an apparent heart attack at his home on Two Holes of Water Road in East Hampton on Sunday morning.
was 68 years old.
Mr. Twomey was the senior partner and founder of the largest law firm on the East End of Long Island, Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, which he founded in 1973.
He was also the longtime chairman of the East Hampton Library board-leading two major expansion projects-as well as a leader in numerous other community projects.
Mr. Twomey was born in Manhattan on December 8, 1945, to Thomas Twomey., a New York City police detective and Mary Twomey.
had a profound impact on some of the major issues of our time including stopping the construction of Jamesport nuclear power stations and chairing the economic and environmental taskforce that resulted in millions of dollars coming to the East End to promote farming, fishing, tourism and the environment," Mr. Cantwell continued.
was instrumental in the creation of both Suffolk County
and New York State's
Farmland Preservation Programs.
formed the group "Halt the Highway," and led the fight to prevent the extension of Sunrise Highway from Shinnecock Hills to Amagansett.
As chairman of the board at the East Hampton Public Library, Mr. Twomey led the capital campaign to raise an estimated $4 million to construct a 6,800-square-foot children's wing for the library.
cut the official ribbon opening the new addition in June of this year.
also chaired the capital campaign that raised $3.5 million for a major addition to the library that was completed in 1997.
Mr. Twomey served on the executive committee of the Guild Hall Cultural Center and was an active fund-raiser for the center's annual budget.
A pilot himself, Mr. Twomey was an advocate for the East Hampton Airport and recently served on the aviation subcommittee of the Airport Planning group.
was passionate about the history of East Hampton, and took a leading role in the town's 350th Anniversary Celebration in 1998.
Afterward, Mr. Twomey was named town historian and edited five volumes on the history of East Hampton while in that capacity.
Mr. Twomey is survived by his wife, Judith Hope, who served three terms as East Hampton Town Supervisor from 1973-75 and again from 1983-87.