Video of the Memorial Service for Thomas Watry

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).

Poole Funeral Home / Crematory, Port Washington, Wisconsin assisting the family. Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262-284-4431.

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9 Comments

  1. Tom and I wrestled at Port, and he reminded me the past few years how he always kicked my butt! We reconnected recently in Denver and we got together for most holidays. Great friend!

  2. Tom was a good man and caring friend to me over the years. Rest in the peace you so deserve. My condolences to his family and friends.

  3. Tom was a good friend, a kind man and over the years we stayed in touch. Being Tom’s friend was meaningful. He always called me on Veterans Day to thank me for my service. He is missed.

  4. I knew Tom in the early ’70’s as he was my future husband’s college roommate. We were all UW students and worked at the Amber Grid. He was a gentle soul and I’ll always remember him flying down State St.on his unicycle.

  5. Tom and I met over a shared love of bicycles, and stayed in touch even as I moved to new bike shops and new jobs in the Denver area. He was one of the most thoughtful and creative souls I have had the pleasure to know, and he cared deeply for the people he met. I was shocked when he told me his diagnosis and so sad that I couldn’t see him one last time to say goodbye. I think Tom understood better than most what it means to live life fully, and I know I am a better man because of his example. I am so sorry for your loss, and pray you would know the comfort and peace of Jesus day by day.

  6. I haven’t seen Tom in many years but often prayed for him. It sounds like he followed his heart and fulfilled his dreams . May he rest in Peace.

  7. I have never forgotten how wonderful a guy Tom was growing up. When he asked me to be on Ports Homecoming court with him in 1967 I was over the moon to be asked by such a terrific guy! He will be sorely missed but I know we will meet again. My sincere condolences to the Watry family .🙏🙏 Sandy Ewig Yunker

  8. Tom was a great guy. My favorite bar tender at the Amber Grill in Madison.
    His dad was a bicycle repairman so Tom carried on the tradition. Glad I knew him.
    Fred Schuknecht

  9. Mary Sauer and Family,, Sorry for your loss, you have our sympathy. Robert & Marie Prom

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