Tom married his sweetheart. Then he went overseas to serve as a dispatch runner in France during World War I. Sadly, he was declared dead and his wife remarried. Tom returned to Canada in peacetime and later remarried as well, having four children with his new wife.
He had an encore performance when he ran in the Dominion Day race of 1918, winning first prize. He spent several years working in Toronto and then retired to Six Nations where he died from pneumonia on January 9, 1949. He was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Photo of Tom Longboat with Ward Marathon Trophy courtesy www.brbmg.com.