TOM WELLINGTON (1933-2005)

    Tom Wellington, the original Bass Drummer for the NHPA Pipes & Drums passed away March 18th at his home in Manchester. Tom retired from his service as a New York City Patrolman and moved to New Hampshire with his wife Marie. Tom was a long standing member of the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums and affectionately known as "The Whale" for his days with New York. Tom offered his long time experience to the fledging New Hampshire Police Pipe Band in the early 1990's. Tom served the band as its first Bass and tenor drum player  as well as drum instructor for those who "had it" with learning the pipes. Tom's contributions and friendship will be sorely missed by all members of the band. The NHPA Pipes & Drums will dedicate the 2005 Season to the memory of Tom Wellington.