The passing of Tom Corcoran was announced on social media on Thursday, February 2, 2023. He reportedly passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023. His death’s cause has not yet been made public.
Information on funeral services may be released at a later time. Tom Corcoran is missed and remembered by all. They are expressing sympathy and tributes to him on social media.
“My life is in words, yet they are all insufficient and failing me. To say I’m devastated doesn’t begin to cover it. How can you adequately put into words what one person means to you? The world has lost a remarkable man who was a raconteur, a true historian of Key West’s slower tempo in the 1970s, and who wrote some excellent murder mysteries. And I lost a great buddy who was very significant to me—the death of Tom Corcoran. You were unique, and I am so pleased I had the opportunity to be your friend.”
A buddy compared Tom Corcoran to Leonard Zelig, the unrecognized man with a talent for slipping into historical moments, the protagonist of a 1983 Woody Allen film.
Corcoran may not have socialized with heads of state or the pope like the legendary Zelig, but he was a staple of the artistic scene in the 1970s, according to fellow novelist William McKeen.
The multi-talented autodidact Corcoran began writing mysteries in his mid-50s and quickly won recognition, putting him in the same literary circles as renowned Florida authors Carl Hiaasen and Michael Connelly.
Corcoran first introduced Alex Rutledge, a Key West photographer turned amateur detective, in his 1998 book “The Mango Opera.” “A Step Beyond Chaos,” the eleventh book in the collection, was released by Corcoran in June.
Corcoran relocated to Florida in 1970 and lived in the Lower Keys for more than 15 years following a stint in the U.S. Navy. In addition to his six years as editor of the journal “Mustang Monthly,” he worked as a disc jockey, taco vendor, bartender, travel advisor, scriptwriter, freelance photographer, and graphic artist.