Obituary: Thomas Emerson Asher |

Obituary: Thomas Emerson Asher

March 29, 1935 – August 15, 2015

Tom was born and raised in Rhinebeck, New York and attended Trinity College. After Graduating he was employed by Milliken Fabrics for the remainder of his working years,, living in New Jersey and North Carolina.

During that time he became a competitive surfer, runner, kayaker and skier. After retiring in 1992, he moved to north Lake Tahoe and lived in Alpine Meadows for 21 years. He was well known as an active member of the Far West Masters ski racing program, winning many races and awards.

Always an active sportsman, he also participated in tennis, biking and windsurfing and was one of those people who excelled at everything he tried. He was also a generous supporter of the Lake Tahoe Ski Club which sponsors young racers.

Tom will be remembered as a quietly capable, often humorous presence who was a generous friend and companion. Known on the streets of Manhattan as “The Man with the Hat” he was seldom seen without one.

Tom is survived by a sister May of New York, daughter Valpa, in Bozeman MT., son John, daughter-in-law Theresa and two granddaughters, Caetlin and Kara, all of Phoenix AZ. Tom and former wife Chris also raised two foster boys along with countless other foster and “Fresh Air Fund” program kids. He is also survived by long-time friend and companion Marty Mosher of Truckee, CA.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Marty Mosher on Monday, Oct. 5 from 3 to 5 pm for all those who would like to remember and honor this special person.

We will miss you Opa.

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