Tom O’Brien

Tom O’Brien passed away at home on December 31stsurrounded by his loved ones.  He leaves behind his beloved wife Bethany Myrick, sons Brodie and Casey, their partners, and his dear extended family.

Tom came to Vermont to attend UVM in the 60’s, where he fell in love with the mountains, the lake and the people.  He was an accomplished woodworker, inventor and an entrepreneur. Tom gave generously of his time to serve on several boards and in his children’s classrooms.  He was graceful skiing the mountains’ snow and skating the valleys’ frozen lakes, and loved sharing summer afternoons—and the occasional November gale—with friends and family on the sailboat Intuition.  

 Tom was a man full of warmth and heart, which extended to his family and his many friends—an ever-expanding group, as he found connection wherever he went.  His warmth, generosity of spirit, creativity, and kindness will be remembered by those who knew him.  May Tom’s life inspire us to live our days fully and with gratitude and kindness.   

 With joy, his family will continue to do the things Tom loved; they invite you to join them: 

Howling at the full moon

Watching for the glimmer of spiders’ eyes at night

Diving into the lake joyfully with Tom in our arms and our hearts

Remembering to turn over the rake

Watching over our children and grandchildren

Watching for all the small miracles in the woods and hillsides 

Seeing Tom in the snow sparkles

Feeling his love, light, and presence in us

Sharing and remembering our stories.  

 Toms life will be celebrated by family and friends in a gathering planned for the spring.The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Steven Ades and the staff at the UVM Cancer Center.In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to UVMMC Home Health & Hospice