An unimaginable loss |

An unimaginable loss

Tom Peirce’s sudden, unexpected death is such a huge loss and tragedy to his family, friends and the community.

Tom was a humble man of immense talent, energy and passion for people, for community and for place. And, I believe, he was on the threshold of making a significant difference in Aspen.

I could not imagine a better City Council candidate than Tom. Having grown up in Aspen, he had a deep-seated sense of our historic and meaningful past. And at the same time, having worked his life in the recreation business, he had another sense of where the community had to go to be unique amongst resorts.

Tom and I had several talks about his running. I encouraged him, despite his cancer. We talked at some Iength about Catherine Snead, a lady who will be here to speak at our conference the 21st of June at the Institute. Tom looked forward to meeting her.

Catherine was diagnosed with incurable cancer years ago, but decided, regardless of her condition, to start a garden project for prisoners. The project flourished.

Not only does she provide work for hundreds of prisoners in prison, but for parolees as well. Today, as a result, she supplies fresh produce to many of the top restaurants in San Francisco. Somehow along the way her cancer disappeared!

Tom hoped his involvement in the Aspen community not only would take his mind off his cancer, but that it would provide a similar result.

He never lost his spirit, his hope, his optimism. Sadly, we all lost.

John McBride


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