Hon. Thomas G. McQuade

Hon. Thomas G. McQuade

December 13, 1945 – April 15, 2023

MEMORIAL MASS: Tuesday, April 25th, 1:30pm, at Christ the King Catholic Church.

To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Nebraska Humane Society.


  • Tom & Jan Hibbs Posted April 17, 2023 9:07 pm

    We feel so fortunate to have enjoyed so many fun times with the Judge and his family at the lake. Mary…you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • The Roberts Posted April 18, 2023 12:09 pm

    Tom will be greatly missed. So many travels, so many memories. The entire Mcquade family in our prayers. RIP our friend. ✝️

  • Matt Peters Posted April 18, 2023 1:11 pm

    I knew Tom many years ago when I did some carpentry work at his house. I am sure he will be missed by family and friends.

  • Douglas Quinn Posted April 18, 2023 4:24 pm

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Blessings and prayers to Mary and the family.

  • Geoffrey “Jeff” Nolan Posted April 19, 2023 6:31 am

    McQuaid was one of my best buddies all through grade school and high school at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral. He was always fun to be around. He was a big fan of the extraordinary singer and guitarist Roy Orbison and especially of the song “Only the Lonely”. When we got to be old enough to have a drivers license he was the first one to show up behind the wheel of his parent’s car; a new Mercury. Us guys were floored and we spent a perfect autumn afternoon tooling around town in style. Those were the days. We thought they’d never end.

  • Lori Unger Grosse-Rhode Posted April 20, 2023 8:38 am

    Mary,, Mark, Mandy and Missy we are thinking of you during this time of loss. Remembering all the great times and babysitting! We love you all and know that Tom has gone home and one day we will all be together. Love the Grosse-Rhode family

  • Glenn Wiar Posted April 20, 2023 9:44 am

    so Sorry to hear of his passing he was a very good neighbor and person

  • steven lefler Posted April 21, 2023 9:09 am

    A great guy who happened to be a great judge. Rip

  • Emeka Igbokwe Posted April 21, 2023 9:12 am

    May he rest in peace and power. He was a great professor and teacher. He taught me Oil & Gas Law. Judge Thomas was wise, kind, friendly, and supportive.

  • Mick Wagoner Posted April 21, 2023 9:16 am

    Mark, So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a fun loving guy and I try to model my adjunct teaching at CU after him. I’ll always remember the video skit you two did for Sr. night before graduation. Take care Buddy.

  • Kate Hartnett Posted April 21, 2023 9:24 am

    Judge McQuade taught me how to best conduct a trial during law school. His insights into the best courtroom strategies has been invaluable to me. Additionally, I enjoyed his wicked sense of humor. He was such a kind man and even took my calls after law school concluded. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  • David P. Wilson Posted April 21, 2023 9:27 am

    Rest in Peace Judge McQuade. I spent a lot of time in your Court room and have always respected you as a Judge. God Bless Mary and your kids.

  • Kent Florom Posted April 21, 2023 9:32 am

    In the early 1990’s, new County Judges were sent to spend a few days “seeing how it was done” in Omaha. That is where I first met Tom. For the next almost 20 years, every Spring and Fall Judges’ Meeting, he and I would be sure to spend some time together.
    Many life lessons were shared and world problems resolved with so much laughter. Wow, that man could laugh!
    Tom was a great fan of Western Nebraska and was absolutely thrilled to be out this way when any meeting was scheduled west of Lincoln.
    Tom, you will be missed.

  • Jean Johnson Posted April 21, 2023 9:38 am

    Judge McQuade was my favorite professor at Creighton Law School. His experience and humor made learning more fun than work. Once in a while I would run into him at Travado’s in Dundee. I am so sorry for your loss. He will always be remembered fondly.

  • Todd Weimer Posted April 21, 2023 10:29 am

    April 21, 2023

    I am so very sorry to see of Judge McQuade’s passing. He was my Oil and Gas Law Professor in law school. I worked with his wife, Mary during my time in law school (1991-1994). I learned more law and practical information in that one – 3 hour night class simply because of the quality of teacher he was and how generous he was with his time and knowledge. Sorry to the entire McQuade family during this time. God speed, your Honor.

  • Terry Sibbernsen Posted April 21, 2023 10:52 am

    Tom: You made the practice of law enjoyable. May God be with you. Terry

  • David Johnwon Posted April 21, 2023 11:13 am

    Judge McQuaid was an influence upon me as a prosecutor and ultimately as an attorney. Condolences to his son Mark and the entire family.

  • Dcn. Brendan M. Kelly Posted April 21, 2023 12:36 pm

    Good Judge and good person. Glad to see he will receive a Christian Burial. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

  • MAURICE R. JOHNSON Posted April 21, 2023 2:18 pm

    Judge McQuade taught me oil and gas, and swore me into the bar. Always there to lend an ear when I was a young public defender. God Bless his soul and family.

  • Larry F Fugit Posted April 21, 2023 2:38 pm

    Tom was a great guy and a great judge. He is mourned by the Judiciary.

  • Mike Wellman Posted April 21, 2023 5:57 pm

    The stories I could tell about Tom are too fun and numerous to relate here. Let’s just say he was a great friend, for a long time, and I’m very sad. RIP, Tom. You are loved, Mary.

  • Keith Filewicz Posted April 21, 2023 11:50 pm

    He was a great judge and very kind to a then young lawyer just learning the ropes. Was always there if you wanted to talk. Rest in Peace, your Honor.

  • Brett McArthur Posted April 23, 2023 4:33 pm

    One of my favorite professors in law school. Gave me so much great advice that I still use today.

  • Debbie Peck Posted April 23, 2023 6:23 pm

    My heart pours out for all of you… Mary, Mark, Mandy, Missy, and your extended family. I am so saddened for the loss of Judge McQuade. I feel so incredibly blessed I was able to be Judge McQuade’s secretary for many years. It never felt like a job… always felt like a family gathering and I couldn’t wait to get there every morning. I’ll never forget one Secretary’s Day gift was a lunch to Sons of Italy…. Well…. that one day turned into going every week! And many times we were blessed because the entire family got to come! And all the students Judge McQuade taught, interned, and whome he impacted their life forever. I was blessed with always hearing how much he meant to them. I can hear him now telling me to call everyone and let them know Choir Practice is on….. and now the angels are singing with him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I’m sending a holy hug to each one of you. Love, Debbie

  • Carla JDeVelder Posted April 24, 2023 7:41 am

    My deepest sympathies to Judge McQuade’s family and friends. I had so many bench trials in front of him as a young public defender. I appreciated his humor and pragmatism from the bench and, when court was adjourned, he was generous with his time – telling us what we did wrong, what we did right, and sharing so many stories. I am lucky to have known him and practiced in his courtroom.

  • Ryan McGill Posted April 24, 2023 8:16 am

    What a wonderful man; and my deepest heartfelt condolences to his wonderful wife, Mary, in a time of grief I can’t even imagine. Many a time I remember my father coming home after an evening at the interlude, extolling what went on with Tom there. I will miss you, Tom, and hope very much that you and my father are up there enjoying each other’s company once again, and finding the peace you both deserve,

  • Sean Rensch Posted April 24, 2023 4:09 pm

    Really going to miss Tom. I am so sorry for his lovely wife, Mary — his “Bride” as he often called her. He was a one of a kind human and friend. Hope he’s having fun with some of his old buddies (Nick Sloan, et al.). The whole Rensch family sends its condolences. Rest in Peace,

  • Patrick McDermott Posted April 25, 2023 9:32 am

    Mike Wellman had it exactly right. There are just too many McQuade stories for this space. Tom and Doc Shugrue managed to keep just sane enough to get through law school. I think of all the laughing I have done in my life, much of it was with Tom. I will greatly miss him. RIP, Tom

  • Carol Whelan Anderson and husband Bob Posted April 25, 2023 2:16 pm

    Deepest condolences to Mary and family. So sorry to hear about Tom passing. Will keep you all in our prayers

  • thomas pturone Posted April 26, 2023 10:09 am

    my condolences

  • Ellen & Stavely Wright Posted April 27, 2023 8:34 am

    There are not enough words to describe how special Tom was, he was a good human to us and our family. Years of fun and support in the old neighborhood, so many will miss his humor, compassion and kindness.

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