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William Nowell Tomb

William Nowell Tomb died April 13, 2012, in Aspen, Colo.

Billy was raised in Bethesda, Md., graduated from Walter Johnson High School and attended the University of Maryland. He was a veteran of the Air National Guard.

An Aspenite since 1971, Billy devoted 26 years with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and retired in 2010 as the jail’s operations officer.



A rugby devotee, Billy was instrumental in taking the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club to a higher level. He was president of the club from 1977-1979 and was instrumental in incorporating GoARFC in 1978. His rugby friends agree, Billy was devoted to the sport and it was very important to him to have the highest level of play and competition, not to mention a robust social aspect. Upon retiring as a player, he became a rugby referee, traveling internationally and was inducted in the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union Hall of Fame as a referee in 2001.

Billy was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry Mikos Tomb, in 2005. He is survived by his loving family, including son Robert Quinn Tomb, his wife Shannon and two beautiful grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jacob of Temecula, Calif.; his first wife, Debbie Quinn of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; and sisters Roberta Hardaker and husband William of Durham, N.C., and Kathleen Cowles and husband David of Rockville Md. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Tracy Rankin, Ryan and Kevin LaForce, Mack Hardaker, Thomas and Lauren Cowles, Kathleen and Shaun Kendle, and Megan Cowles.



In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pitkin County Senior Services.

A memorial service honoring Billy will be held at the Aspen Chapel on Monday, April 23 at 4 p.m. A celebration of his life will immediately follow at the Aspen Elks Lodge.

Billy will be laid to rest in the Tomb family gravesite in Johnstown, Penn. at a later date.


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