Thomas Aicher Obituary (1935 – 2022) – Rutland, VT

Thomas C. Aicher, 86, died on January 10, 2022 at his home, surrounded by the love of his loved ones.

He was born March 17, 1935 in Jamaica, Queens, NY, the son of the late Charles N. and Anne Gleeson Aicher.

He grew up in Rockville Center, Long Island, where he attended Chaminade High School. But it was Vermont that captured Tom’s heart and soul. While attending St. Michael’s College, Tom met his future wife, Barbara, on a blind date. They were married on January 17, 1959 at Christ the King in Rutland. After living on Long Island for a short time, they returned to Rutland where they raised five children and celebrated 63 of the most extraordinary years together. Family was everything to Tom.

Tom was a member of the US Army Reserves and a proud retiree from the Central Vermont Civil Service, where he served for 34 years. In retirement, he enjoyed working at Woodstock Ace Hardware and became known as “The Technician” for his skills with tools and DIY.

Tom enjoyed an active outdoor life in all seasons. He was an avid golfer, skier and sailor and made lifelong friends during his many adventures. Some of his favorite spots included Proctor Pittsford Country Club, Bomoseen Lake, Maine Coast, Caribbean, Myrtle Beach, Hawaii, and Pico Peak. He was a member of the Pico Ski Club and the Otter Ski Patrol for many years. He was president of the club in 1978, director of the patrol from 1982 to 1987 and head of the regional section of the national ski patrol for several years. He also served for many years as Treasurer of the Pico Ski Education Foundation.

Tom was an inspiration and role model to his children and their friends, and he was loved and respected by all who knew him. His sense of humor, supportive nature, hospitality and smile will be deeply missed by his family and friends, and his shuttle rides in the #16 golf cart will be sorely missed by his foursome, Dave, Frank and Jim. .

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Perry) Aicher of Rutland; 2 sons, Thomas P. Aicher of Castleton and Michael J. Aicher of Warren; 2 daughters, Katherine A. Aicher of N. Clarendon and Susan M. (Robert) Ellingwood of Maui; one son-in-law, Ray Rouleau of Burlington; one brother, John G. Aicher of Southold, NY; 6 grandchildren, Nicole (Brian) Gines, Kinsey (Kalai) Watson, Christian Rouleau, Evan Rouleau, Ali Rouleau and Jack Aicher; 4 great-grandchildren, James Kayden & Izabella Gines, Enna and Izeck Watson; and an extended family of much loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Dr. Barbara J. Rouleau in 2017 and his sister, Jeanne Datz in 2017.

A Christian burial mass will be held at Christ-Roi Church on Friday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. A celebration of a life well lived will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Barbara Rouleau Student Nursing Emergency Fund: https://www.uvm.edu/cnhs/make_gift

or at the Pico Ski Education Foundation, PO Box 6740, Rutland, VT 05702: https://Picoskifoundation.org/home

Arrangements are by Clifford Funeral Home.

Posted by Legacy Remembers on January 14, 2022.