Old Greenwich ad exec dies of pancreatic cancer
GREENWICH — Thomas William Bagot, a longtime advertising executive and Old Greenwich resident, died Dec. 16 after a short battle against pancreatic cancer. He was 60.
Bagot was born Dec. 18, 1957, in Berkeley, Calif. He attended Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., where he also worked at John Berry Yacht sales on the Oakland/Alameda estuary. There, he learned to sail large and small boats, sometimes completing multiday races off the coast of Northern California.
He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1984 with a degree in English and turned his attention to advertising. From the mid-1980s to the late-1990s, Bagot worked at a number of San Francisco’s leading ad agencies, including Allen and Dorward, Ketchum and Saatchi and Saatchi. At Saatchi, he worked on the Hewlett-Packard account.
In 1998, Bagot left California for New York City to make it on Madison Avenue, where he joined Ogilvy and Mather.
At Ogilvy, he won every major accolade the advertising world has to offer. And he met his wife, Laura Gentile, who also worked on the IBM account at Ogilvy.
They were married on Aug. 9, 2003, at St. Ignatius Church in New York City. He went on to become a creative director at McCann-Erickson, and she joined ESPN.
They moved to Old Greenwich after the birth of their first son, William Thomas Cesare Bagot, on April 24, 2007. On April 23, 2015, son Beau Bagot was born, followed by another son, Blake Bagot, on April 7, 2017.
In addition to his immediate family, Bagot is survived by his siblings, Lisa Bagot of San Diego, Steve Bagot of Danville, Calif., and Rob Bagot of Corte Madera, Calif.
A private family service will be held Saturday. A larger celebration of his life will be held in Connecticut in mid-January.
In lieu of flowers, the family created the “Magic Bagot Fund” to drive funds directly to the research into pancreatic cancer under Dr. Eileen O’Reilly’s direction at Memorial Sloan Kettering. To learn how to help in their effort to fight this disease, visit http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/TomBagot.
Bagot was officially diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer on Nov. 7. He battled constant pain while embarking on a clinical trial involving immunotherapy to fight the cancer, which was very advanced and aggressive. He spent his last days at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital surrounded by family and his closest friends and under the care of O’Reilly.