1931 – 2021
Thomas Penrose Laskey, 90, of Woodstock, CT, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on September 11, 2021 in Dayville. Born in Old Town, ME, Tom was the son of the late Samuel and Grace (Wickett) Laskey. One of nine children, Tom had many fond childhood memories and remained close to his siblings his entire life. Tom visited Maine often, especially “Letter G Camp” and was an integral part of his large loving family.
Tom graduated from The University of Maine in 1953 and began his work as an engineer at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft where he met Jack Swigert, astronaut of Apollo 13. Tom and Jack became good friends; Jack served as a groomsman in Tom’s wedding to Jean Duncanson in 1959. Tom went on to work for Pearse-Pearson Co. as a manufacturer’s representative. Because of his New England territory, he and Jean chose to settle in Woodstock, CT. In the later 1960’s, Tom switched careers and pursued his passion for real estate development. He is known for the development of Woodstock Meadows, Cornfield Point and The Country Manor Apartments in Woodstock, as well as building and restoring private residences.
A man of many projects, Tom was responsible for the American flag banners hung throughout his town of Woodstock and took pride in his political work. He served on the staff for Senator Lowell Weicker, was a convention delegate and stayed active in politics.
Tom kept track of all important information on post-it notes, enjoyed ice cream, lobster rolls, fried clams, hunting, fishing, skiing and the game of cribbage. He was always impeccably dressed in khakis, neatly pressed oxfords and always carried a white handkerchief. Additionally, he took pride in his flower gardens and restored barn in which he hosted many celebrations, most notably his annual Octoberfest.
Tom is survived by daughter, Katherine (Matthias) Laskey-Bolling; two sons, Thomas P. Laskey, Jr. (Betsy), Gregory E. Laskey (Liz); three brothers, Henry, Harold “Buzz” (Donna), Douglas (Iris); two sisters, Sylvia, Shirley (Steve); and was “Gepaw” to seven grandsons, Jack (Hillary), Peter (Karla), Liam, Aidan, Jude, Raymond, Paul; two granddaughters, Hannah and Anna (who he lovingly referred to as “my girlfriends”); and his treasured friend, Frank Sandberg. Tom is also survived by his former wife Jean Duncanson Laskey, with whom they have lovingly shared their children. Tom’s love for family was abundant and he will be missed by many.
Tom is predeceased by son, Peter D. Laskey; brother, Samuel (infant); and sisters, Mae and Sandra; sister-in-law Doris and brother-in-law Robert. He was the partner of Carol Perkins, whom he met in 2002 and who predeceased him by 6 months. He and Carol enjoyed traveling and sharing a vacation home in Camden, Maine.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Joe Botta and the staff at Westview for their tremendous support and loving care.
A Celebration of Life for Tom will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at The Inn at Woodstock Hill, 94 Plaine Hill Rd, Woodstock, CT 06281. Due to health concerns, the family request that all those wishing to attend wear masks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Woodstock Academy Foundation (memo: Peter D. Laskey Scholarship) and mailed to The Woodstock Academy, 57 Academy Rd. Woodstock, CT 06281 or to Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 222, Woodstock, CT 06281. For further details and memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com