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Thomas Joseph Maher

February 14, 1947 ~ July 28, 2020 (age 73)

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On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, Tommy Maher, loving brother, son, uncle and friend passed away at the age of 73.

Tommy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1947 to Tom and Doris Maher.

Tommy and his family moved to Miami, Florida from Philadelphia in 1955. He attended Miami Norland Senior high school where he played varsity football and graduated in 1965. He then attended Miami Dade Junior College. Tommy served in Vietnam as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

After returning from the military, Tom worked in the floor covering business in Miami before changing careers to the Waste and Recycling Industry. He worked in management in several states around the US. Tom enjoyed conducting training classes and cared deeply for the employees he supervised and his co-workers. He lived and worked in the Chicago area until his retirement in 2014. In 2015 Tom moved to Colorado to be near family.

He was a huge sports fan and loved watching games with family, especially his nephews! He loved the Chicago Bears and the Denver Broncos, but the Miami Dolphins always had his heart.

Tommy loved collecting hats. He was known for them. So much so they became his signature piece of clothing along with his "sweats."  They mostly consisted of sports hats from his favorite teams. It was a great conversation starter for him because someone would notice a logo and say, "Hey you're a Cubs, Bears, Broncos or Dolphins fan" and the banter would begin. Of all of his hats, the one that garnered the most attention was his Vietnam Veterans hat. People would stop to thank him for his service - which was always emotional for him because at the time he came back from Vietnam - our vets were not warmly welcomed home. That hat also attracted former service brothers who would stop and ask him "when and where were you stationed in Vietnam?", followed by "we made it home brother."

Tommy loved listening to music. His favorite artists were Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, singer Diana Krall, any of the "oldies" especially Elvis. He had a quick wit and a reputation for corny jokes.

Tommy was the kindest of human beings and had the most compassionate heart. He would do anything for anybody if he could.

"A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds.  A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."  - Saint Basil

Tommy was preceded In death by his mother Doris Linstead Maher and his father Thomas J. Maher, Jr., grandparents and many beloved aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his sisters Marie Molinary, Lafayette, CO; Colleen Maher (Tracy Walter), Iola, WI; brother Jim Maher (Kristy) Fayetteville, AR; adored nephews and nieces: Doug Maher (Leigh) Tampa, FL; Bobby Molinary (Kendra) Denver, CO; Kevin Maher (Kate) W. Chicago, IL; Matt Maher (Shannon) Aurora, IL; Kathy Riley (Mike) Erie, CO; Kris Molinary (Dave Mason) Erie, CO; Michelle Maher DeRosa (Tony) Fayetteville, AR; 15 great nieces & nephews and many loving cousins and friends.

Interment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO. A joyful celebration of Tom's life will be held at a later date when friends and family can safely gather.

Our family would like to thank the staff at Golden West Assisted Living; Broomfield Skilled Nursing and Seasons Hospice for the loving care they gave Tom and the amazing support they showed to our family.

Heritage Funeral & Cremation Services of Lafayette is handling arrangements.

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