OBITUARY

Thomas Josef Weldon

January 22, 1953April 17, 2021

Thomas Josef Weldon of Castle Pines, Colorado, passed away on April 17, 2021, in Denver, Colorado. He was 68. A native of Iowa, Tom was born on January 22, 1953 to Gerold and Charlotte Weldon, both of whom he admired and loved very dearly. His older brother, Jerry, quickly become a lifelong role model and dearest friend.

Tom grew up in Iowa, attending Lincoln High School, where he forged a lifelong friendship with David. He often fondly reminisced about their time and trips together. Especially their trip to Germany to see his relatives, a very important part of Tom’s life. He ultimately attended Iowa State University, where he studied Business and met Shelley Van Zee, whom he later married. Thomas shared fond memories of his time in his fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, and remained a Cyclone fan throughout his life.

Tom and Shelley moved to Colorado in 1980, where they went on to have two children, Abby and Alex. Thomas made his career as an Actuary in the retirement planning industry. After a long battle with diabetes, Thomas underwent a miracle transplant in 2003. To this day, his family remains extremely grateful for the support of his extended family, friends, colleagues and medical professionals. But most of all to his donor.

Tom loved to golf, a passion for which he instilled in his son. He loved to travel, a passion for which in instilled in his daughter. He loved his MG and woodworking, both things he loved to do with his brother. Tom loved cigars, playing bridge, the Denver Broncos, reading, and Drambuie. Most of all he cherished his family and friends, whom he loved to make laugh.

Tom is survived by his wife, Shelley; daughter, Abby; son, Alex; brother, Jerry and his wife, Sandy Weldon; his sisters-in-law, Vicki and Trudy Van Zee; his nieces, Jeni Weldon, Kerry Feuling, Anna Souza, Alissa VanZee-Phillips, and Kate Cunningham; his nephews, Joe Weldon and Matt Cunningham; as well as their families and children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerold William and Charlotte Anna (Gedler) Weldon.

A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held in the Summer. The family also hopes to organize a charity golf outing with proceeds benefiting diabetes research and organ donation awareness.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Service is being planned

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Anna Souza

April 29, 2021

Tom Memories
When you were with Tom, you always knew three things would happen:
1) You would be the most important person in the world to him for the time you spoke with him. He was so tuned into other people and had a very sweet curiosity towards others. There are few people who listen as intently and with their whole heart like Tom did.

2) You would laugh. Being with Tom inevitably meant that he would ask you a question that would make you giggle or he would make at least one slightly offensive non sequitur of a statement by the end of it. Case in point: I saw him when I was 7 months pregnant and had not been pregnant prior to this. He said, “Anna, I’ve never seen you KNOCKED UP before!”

3) You’d leave your interaction with Tom feeling lighter than when you started. He just had a way of lifting people up through his innocent curiosity, kindness and humor.

My life has been lifted for knowing him.

So much love to Tom and to Shelley, Abby and Alex

Anna Souza

April 29, 2021

When you were with Tom, you always knew three things would happen:
1) You would be the most important person in the world to him for the time you spoke with him. He was so tuned into other people and had a very sweet curiosity towards others. There are few people who listen as intently and with their whole heart like Tom did.

2) You would laugh. Being with Tom inevitably meant that he would ask you a question that would make you giggle or he would make at least one slightly offensive non sequitur of a statement by the end of it. Case in point: I saw him when I was 7 months pregnant and had not been pregnant prior to this. He said, “Anna, I’ve never seen you KNOCKED UP before!”

3) You’d leave your interaction with Tom feeling lighter than when you started. He just had a way of lifting people up through his innocent curiosity, kindness and humor.

My life has been lifted for knowing him.

So much love to Tom and to Shelley, Abby and Alex.

Vicki Van Zee

April 29, 2021

Dear Sis, Abby and Alex,

There is certainly an empty space in my heart now when I picture all of you out there in Colorado. Tom was always such a big part of your lives and he dearly loved each of you. Though not always obvious, I know he was immensely proud of you Alex and Abby, and wherever he is he'll always be watching over you.

Memories I treasure most of Tom are those times when he seemed so completely in the moment - jolly, playful, a twinkle in his eye and absorbing all the goodness around him. He and I didn't always agree on things, but I appreciated his ability to be curious about what I thought. And he was a kind and generous man.

Know that you all are being held closely in the hearts of many and that we send much love, warmth and comfort.
Vicki

Anna Souza

April 29, 2021

When you were with Tom, you always knew three things would happen:
1) You would be the most important person in the world to him for the time you spoke with him. He was so tuned into other people and had a very sweet curiosity towards others. There are few people who listen as intently and with their whole heart like Tom did.

2) You would laugh. Being with Tom inevitably meant that he would ask you a question that would make you giggle or he would make at least one slightly offensive non sequitur of a statement by the end of it. Case in point: I saw him when I was 7 months pregnant and had not been pregnant prior to this. He said, “Anna, I’ve never seen you KNOCKED UP before!”

3) You’d leave your interaction with Tom feeling lighter than when you started. He just had a way of lifting people up through his innocent curiosity, kindness and humor.

Our lives has been lifted for knowing him.

So much love to Tom and to Shelley, Abby and Alex.

Alissa VanZee-Phillips

April 29, 2021

Aunt Shelley, Abby & Alex - I’ll never forget when Uncle Tom came to my high school soccer game all the way in MA! I felt so lucky to have him there - even though he was in Springfield for a meeting, he drove the 30 minutes to Northampton to watch my game. He was such an easy going guy- even helped me move out of my apartment in the North End- and very dry sense of humor which I loved!! He will be greatly missed and nothing can take away the pain but as others have said on this page, he absolutely lives on in each of you and our memories of him will live on forever. Love you guys so much. This picture was from the last time I saw all of you in person!
Love,
Alissa

Jeffrey and Jane Freitag

April 27, 2021

Dear Shelley, Abby and Alex,
How lucky are we to have been friends with Tom. He was one of those incredible people whose life impacted all those around him in special ways.
We can recall when Alex said, “I think you should get together with my parents. I think you would enjoy each other.”
That certainly was true. We found companionship, mutual interests and a shared love for family.
Tom lived each day with an enormous passion for people, for life and for fun. For us, our favorite memories are of the little things. Oh, how Tom could make us laugh with his dry wit and insights!
We loved our time together, with “patio pandemic” dinners, our many Tuesdays as a trivia team, our golfing at The Ridge, and for Jeff, working on the MG and woodworking in Tom’s garage.
We are heartbroken for your family, but Tom does live on—in the hearts and memories of all those he touched. We will always miss him. He was compassionate, loyal and understood the bigger picture of life by enjoying each moment.
Jeff and Jane

Nancy Lynch

April 23, 2021

Tom was my favorite boss and one of my favorite people. I will cherish the years we spent together and the fun we had at work. You will be missed my friend.

Your Second Family

April 22, 2021

We are sending you our love, light, and wishes of healing at this impossibly difficult time. It is a blessing that you were able to be together as a family and share in his last days.
In Thomas' honor we have donated to the American Transplant Foundation for patient assistance. We know the lasting impact organ transplant had on your family's life and hope to help others find the same.
With love,
Libby, Scott, Yvonne, Mark, Tina & Sascha, Anne, Cory, Hanno, Anne & Paul, Glen & Gerri, Micheala, Laurent & Tom, Umut & Franzi, Rebecca, and Stephanie

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY