Thomas Earl "Tom" Cherrier (of Leadville, CO)

Born: Thu., May 23, 0193
Died: Thu., Mar. 2, 2017


Services to be held at a Later Date


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Thomas Earl Cherrier, 78 of Leadville, Colorado since 1965, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Evergreen Life Care Center in Evergreen, Colorado.  He was born on May 23, 1938 in Lancaster, Wisconsin to Earl Bernard and Irene Mary (Saengling) Cherrier.  Tom received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mineral Engineering from the Wisconsin Institute of Technology in Lancaster in 1960.  He enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.  After his honorable discharge, he enlisted in the Reserve from 1965 to 1967.  In 1968 he received his Master of Science Degree in Mineral Engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  He worked for the Climax Molybdenum Company for 12 years, AMAX in Golden, Colorado for 14 years and retired in 1992.  After retirement, he worked for ASARCO on the EPA project.
Tom was a member of Leadville Elk’s Lodge, #236, the Leadville Lion’s Club where he was a regular fixture at their beer tent and career fair, the Knights of Columbus and Holy Family Parish where he would help usher Masses, a member on the Board of Directors at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and a member of the Society of Mining Engineering. He was very active in the community, and assisted with the Kid’s First Program and helping in the creation of the Mineral Belt Bike Trail where you could find him sweeping off the trail, just to keep it safe. He was always walking around town, to and from, visiting with his many friends. In earlier years, he played on the local softball team, played many a golf game with his buddies at the Mt. Massive Golf Course and made trips to Alice Arm, BC. He enjoyed hiking, cross country skiing and cribbage and was a constant learner.  He always had a genuine curiosity about the world which never dimmed to him. Tom was a person who was filled with integrity.  He was loyal, steadfast, kind and genuine to all he met.
Tom is survived by two cousins from his maternal and paternal sides of the family and a sister in law. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, two brothers: Lynn Flavian Cherrier and Timothy Bernard Cherrier, and a loving aunt, Catherine Cherrier Blaney.
A memorial of Tom’s life will be held in Leadville at a later date.  Burial will take place in South Lancaster Township in Wisconsin.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville and Martin Schwartz Funeral Home of Lancaster are assisting the family with arrangements. Please click on the "Condolences" tab above to leave a condolence or remembrance of Mr. Cherrier.

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Jean Bolton
   Posted Mon March 06, 2017
To Bobby Fitzimmons, her son Charlie, her daughter Kathy and family, and to all Tom's friends. My condolences to you. He was a loyal friend, and I know he will be greatly missed by his Colorado friends, as he will be by those of us back her in Wisconsin and Minnesota. May he rest in God's Peace and Love!

Ann and John Pacheco
   Posted Mon March 06, 2017
We are sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We have wonderful memories of Tom from co-ed softball while we were all at AMAX in Golden, to many Friday afternoon gatherings. Tom always has a big smile and a quick laugh. Heaven has gained a very special angel.

Monica Smith Stevenson
   Posted Mon March 06, 2017
Dear Bobby and Family of Tom,
The Smith kids have commented to each other, 'The Breakfast Club is back together'. ..Mary Ruth, Bernard, Carol and Tom! ....Did not know Tom's Dad's middle name was Bernard...Another 'coincidence'. God bless them all and grant them eternal rest.

Candy Todd
   Posted Fri March 10, 2017
My most sincere condolences to Tom's family. With great sorrow, we have lost another of the really good guys.

Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.
~ Unknown

Sam McGeorge
   Posted Fri March 10, 2017
I had the the pleasure of knowing and working with Tom for a number of years. His smile and quick laugh always brightened the day. Tom will be missed.

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