Thomas Insley Passes Away
Thomas passed away peacefully at Granite House, his residence in Stillwater Minnesota on February 26, 2023 surrounded by family and friends.
This collection is organized into three sections: correspondence; miscellaneous manuscripts and documents; and business papers. Correspondence includes numerous letters sent directly to John Insley Blair as well as others who received them; business documents include tax records, bills of lading, invoices, receipts checks proposals for railroad legislation proposals as well as legal documentations.
Early Life and Education
Thomas is an engaging little engine who frequently causes trouble by overeagerly undertaking activities that should be left to larger and more capable locomotives. But Thomas quickly bounces back into action to perform his duties on the railway network.
He graduated from College of the Holy Cross before enrolling at Yale Law School. While at Yale, he worked as a legislative assistant for Senator John C. Danforth.
Reagan appointed him to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where he served for eight years. During that time he wrote several influential opinions, such as the majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller (a gun control case), as well as his dissent in Gonzales v. Raich that showed how quickly he could overturn decades-old precedent.
Thomas Insley held several executive roles at both public and private companies during his career, including strategic planning, finance, budgeting, risk management, cross-functional team leadership, board membership service, and extensive board experience.
Aaron Insley passed away peacefully at Granite House in Stillwater, Minnesota on February 26, 2023 surrounded by family and caregivers. Donations may be made in his memory to the community residence or to Gustavus Adolphus College scholarship funds in lieu of flowers.
Officer Mike Marotta joined the Northfield Police Department on January 20, 2015 after making the transition from Roselle. He boasts extensive police training including Field Training Officer, Range Officer, Truck Enforcement, and Bicycle Patrol duties.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Insley is an honorably discharged Marine Corps Veteran who served both during World War II and the Korean War, before earning a master’s degree in economics and becoming an accomplished writer with numerous books under his name as well as advocating for veterans’ rights.
Thomas founded Granite House and donated over $200,000 to various non-profit organizations. He received several awards for his dedication and service in the community; additionally, his family established a scholarship in his name at Gustavus Adolphus College.
The Thomas Insley Freedom, Honor and Integrity Scholarship was designed to raise awareness that “freedom isn’t free” while encouraging students to strive for academic excellence in their pursuits. It is open to students accepted into a university Honors Program.
Tom Insley was an enthusiastic outdoorsman and skilled carpenter with 42 years of experience. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, pool and winter trips to Florida as part of the American Legion membership. Tom leaves behind his beloved wife Nettie Elizabeth Stearn Insley as well as sons Thomas Insley Jr and Kenneth Insley as well as daughter Lorrie Insley Hawks as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren to cherish his memory.
Aaron Insley of Abingdon was his grandson; also survived by William Insley of Santa Fe, New Mexico as well as several nieces and nephews. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home is currently accepting donations in his memory; please call 406-649-5911 for arrangements to donate.
Thomas Insley has an estimated net worth of at least $5 Million and is estimated to have founded an investment firm dedicated to technology companies. Additionally, Thomas is known as an avid investor in Enterprise Investment Schemes (EISs), particularly Seed EISs – pre-funding two such schemes himself.
He serves on several companies’ boards and acts as an active adviser for several schemes. Most of his clients are self-directed investors who come through referrals or lead generators such as Oportura or VouchedFor.
Insley was the father of three sons Norma, Bill and George as well as seven grandchildren – one being his new great-grandson – as well as serving in the Canadian military from 1954-1978 and being a longstanding member of Royal Canadian Legion.