Thomas Alan Watry, age 70, of Port Washington, WI and Littleton, CO passed to his next life on October 18, 2020 after a brief illness. He is predeceased by parents Al “Pop” and Johanna Watry, sister JoAnn Buivid, as well as brothers-in-law Norbert Buivid, Edward Lanser and Harold Sauer. Surviving siblings are Sandra Lanser, Mary Sauer, Paula Watry and Robert Watry. There are surviving cousins and numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Tom attended Port Washington High School where he became an accomplished wrestler being undefeated conference champion for two consecutive years and achieving a third place standing in state level competition. He went on to the University of Wisconsin on a wrestling scholarship ultimately relocating to Boulder, CO. He finished an ironworker apprenticeship becoming a journeyman working that trade for 30 years during which he settled in Denver, a city he loved.
A lifelong passion was bicycles and bicycling. Over the years he pedaled cross country several times, befriending many biking enthusiasts, and becoming a skilled cycle builder and repairman. He made and rode unicycles as a fun-loving hobby.
In more recent years he held various odd jobs meeting numerous people in all walks of life resulting, over a lifetime, in the development of countless friends. He was a kind man often quietly helping others and donating time and goods to those he saw as needy or troubled. He was a gentle soul, now missed by many.
The family wishes to thank staff members at both the oncology unit at Littleton Adventist Hospital and the Porter Hospice Residence for their caring service to Tom. Additionally, we wish to thank the numerous friends of Tom who quickly reached out to him and the family in a virtual outpouring of personal contacts.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Poole Funeral Home, 203 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington. Visitation from 10-11:30 am Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the funeral home. Interment at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Waubeka, Wisconsin.
The family requests that masks be worn and to exercise social distancing. Thank you.
Contributions are suggested to either HopeCycle, non-profit organization-bikes for children (3279 S. Santa Fe Drive Suite C, Englewood, CO 80110) or Soul Dog Rescue, thrift shop (4725 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113).