Thomas Mead Vermilyea |

Thomas Mead Vermilyea

The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

We mourn the passing of Thomas “Tommie” Vermilyea in a tragic accident.

As a lover of the outdoors, in his youth in Wisconsin and later California, he mastered skiing, scuba diving and the backwoods with ease. Adventure and Alaska called to him and he drove alone to Anchorage and Fairbanks shortly after high school. Building log homes, ranching and exploring took up three amazing years. Short stints in college and Breckenridge led to Aspen in the wild ’70s.

Almost entirely self-taught, Tom had a design and building talent that soon garnered a large following. Clientele of A-list entertainers, investors, publishers and lovers of good craftsmanship kept him and his crew busy for over two decades. Projects from custom staircases to full house art display and remodels are still appreciated from all over Colorado to St. Barts- a testament to his skills.

His many friends, love interests and fellow travelers are invited to a celebration of his life at Arbany Park in Basalt on July 22 from 4-7 p.m. Please bring a story, a picture, a guitar…and a side dish if you like. See you there!

For more information, call Paul Vermilyea at 970-343-0762.

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