Thail J. (TJ) Inman
08/11/1954 - 10/01/2008
Thail J. (TJ) Inman was born August 11, 1954 in Milford Massachusetts. He was the son of the late Chester and Dorothy Inman of Upton and younger brother to Brian Inman of Barre Ma. In 1987 he met his future wife, Deborah (Tittle) Makowski, and purchased a townhouse at Highcrest Park in Webster Massachusetts to be close to Debbe and her son, Nathan. On July 4 1989, he and Debbe married. Debbe was the love of his life, and there was nobody like his "BUG", as he called her.
Growing up, TJ loved motorcycles. Whether it was off road, touring, racing, building or rebuilding, he became deeply involved in racing motorcycles during the 1970 and 1980 era for which he won many trophies.
TJ also loved his sailboat and would sail for hours with his wife around Newport on weekends. Trips to Montreal were every November to do Christmas shopping and to unwind. He and his wife were very much into Formula One auto racing. One year, he and his friend Conrad Zukowski had the great pleasure of seeing a live race in Montreal Canada. Flying was also a great passion for TJ and he had spent many hours solo flying and had obtained his pilot's license.
TJ worked over 27 years as President of Berlyn Extruders , Bowditch Drive, on the Shrewsbury/Worcester line in Massachusetts. He remained close to his boss and friend Jerry Berlyn. When TJ learned of Jerry's plans to retire, he applied and was offered a job at Wagner BMW Motorcycles on Route 9, Shrewsbury MA, as General Manager. Wagner BMW Motorcycles then moved from its original location on Route 9 in Shrewsbury MA to right across the street from the former Berlyn Extruders location and became known as Wagner Motorsports after obtaining several other motorcycle franchises. TJ worked very hard to help build this successful motorcycle business along with his friends and co-workers Mark and Rocco in Sales, Jay in Parts and Jeremy in Service. Unfortunately, TJ had to retire in June 2008 due to illness. TJ was visited at his home by many friends, loyal customers and relatives after he retired. He greeted each one with a smile and never let his cancer get the best of him. When told he had pancreatic cancer, his Doctor said that they would try Plan A, and then Plan B, until hopefully a successful treatment or cure could be found. Knowing neither plan worked, TJ raised his oxygen mask on his death bed and asked his wife to find Plan C, thus the Pancreatic Cancer Plan C Foundation for early detection was formed.
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