Former Aspen resident Tom Kearney died in Denver on March 4 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born May 15, 1950, and grew up in Winnetka, Ill., just north of Chicago. He attended New Trier High School, where he had a band, Mersy Side Skiffle.
While in Aspen, from the mid-1970s until the late 1980s, he bartended at places including The Mine Company, The Study Hall, Paddy Buggati’s, Andre’s, The Aspen Bar & Grill and The Red Onion, to name a few. He was one of the proud early members of the Aspen State Teachers College.After leaving Aspen, he co-owned and operated a very successful bar and restaurant in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for eight years. Tom then moved to Arizona to be near his mother and other family.
He had been living in Denver for the past several years. He was supported by an incredible network of friends and family, all of whom will miss his wit, humor, gentleness and concern.
A celebration of his life will be held in Denver this spring, tentatively scheduled for May 14, as well as a memorial service in Chicago sometime this summer. Contributions in Tom’s name can be made to Hospice of Metro Denver.Friends may call Skip and Michelle Sanchez for more information on the memorial services and to make contributions.
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