Tommy Singleton of The University Club of Orlando

Tommy Singleton of The University Club of Orlando

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jtracy
September 17, 2016


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...  excerpt from: "Thomas Singleton Jr., University Club 'institution' was a friend to all,"  Orlando Sentinel, Friday, December 21, 2012.

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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.

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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....

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Tommy Singleton, the dining room manager, Gina Jones, hostess, and Jorge Porzella, masseur.

Article courtesy of the Paul Halyard Archives.

 

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