We regret to inform our community of the passing of Tom Greico, a Dallas Builders Association Honored Life Director, a CandysDirt preferred builder and founding partner of this website, an eclectic Dallas figure, and a brilliant home builder who pioneered modern vision in many Dallas neighborhoods when most of us were just learning what transitional meant.
As Phil Crone, Executive Officer of the Dallas Builder’s Association wrote, “Because Tom Greico brought light to every room he entered, his passing is especially difficult to convey.”
It is particularly difficult for us here at CandysDirt.com. I have personally known Tom Greico for years, meeting him early in my career as a real estate reporter. I toured his first homes in Midway Hollow and East Dallas, and heard him describe what he was creating with a passion few home builders possess, probably due to the fact that he was both an architect as well as a homebuilder. There was a methodology to every angle, and nothing was impossible. Tom had a zest for living and for life, which was translated into his homes. He was also one of the most gracious men you could ever meet. He was naturally happy and brought out the best not just in, but for, everyone he was around.
The truth is, Tom loved designing and building homes more than anything. He was a 1983 graduate of the school of Architecture at the University of Texas.
“I have been designing homes in Dallas since I was in high school,” he would say. He started his home building business immediately after architecture school. Tom was an active member of the Dallas Builder’s Association for more than 30 years, and a pioneer of modern home building in North Texas. He was one of the first custom home builders to build contemporary spec homes and populate traditional neighborhoods with them. His homes didn’t look starkly modern, they had a warmth to them that made you want to walk right in the door, said his brother, Frank Greico, also a North Texas home builder.
“He inspired scores of others to follow,” writes Phil, “and his legacy will remain a part of our future for decades to come. Tom’s contributions as a home builder and a friend have made our industry and all of us individually better.”
Our hearts are aching with his family and loved ones.
We will have more on services and visitation arrangements as they become available so please check in with us later today.