Vail Daily obituary: Thomas William Bashford, 1966 – 2017
Thomas William Bashford, 50, of Gypsum, formerly of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, passed away March 4, 2017, unexpectedly. He was born March 12, 1966, to William and Jody (Kostrzewski) Bashford. Tom graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1984. He went on to University Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he earned a bachelors degree in Architecture in 1989.
After graduating he moved to Fort Collins, then relocating to Avon. He moved for a short time to Phoenix, returning to Vail Valley in 1999 until the present time. He was highly respected in the architecture community by colleagues and clients. Tom has spent the majority of his career in the resorts of Scottsdale and Vail, primarily with resort, hospitality and residential projects in the United States and internationally. At the time of his death, he was employed as a senior project manager with Shepherd Resources Inc., who are Vail and Beaver architects specializing in fine residential, resort and ranch architecture. He served as chair of the Arrowhead at Vail Design Review Committee.
He was extremely involved with the Boy Scouts of America helping as a committee chairman and leader organizing outings and activities. Tom was often known for his sense of humor in his personal and professional life. Tom is survived by his parents, one son, William, one sister, Lisa (John) Kerns and one niece, Hannah Kerns, one nephew, Kyle Kerns, aunts, uncles and cousins and his beloved dog, Polly and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Joyce Kostrzewski and paternal grandparents, Loren and Mary Bashford. There will be an announcement and a memorial service in Colorado scheduled at a later date. A colleague of Tom’s has set up a Go Fund Me account for Will’s education.