Tom Schaefer on my Dorffel deck for my Birthday party. I will always remember and miss him.
Tom was a GREAT PERSON in so many and varied ways. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was not only charismatic in his own uniquely iconic and charming ways, but he was a charming, friendly, kind, and yes loving. Loving of life, loving of his many and varied hobbies and activities, and loving of the multitude of people drawn to his wonderful personality and knowledge of his passionate activities and hobbies.
I knew him as a cyclist through the COGS bicycle club. Cycling was one of his many loves and he was an expert at it. He gladly and enthusiastically shared his extensive knowledge about cycling, routes he found particularly enjoyable and most importantly the joy and fun one could experience through cycling. Tom will be greatly missed for many reasons; for sure he will be missed by all his COGS cycling friends.
May Tom rest in peace with the knowledge his contributions enriched so many of our lives.
Thanks for sharing the sad news. He was doing one of the things he liked to do, besides riding. Sad, but glad he was doing something he enjoyed. Hope we can make our worldly exit like Tom ... i.e. Experiencing Life !!!
Tom was tough and I'm honored to have been able to ride with (behind) him.
Sorry Richard, not Tom!
Well done, Gus, Susan, and Tom! A thoughtful and loving tribute to a dedicated cyclist.
Great tribute Gus!
I remember Tom as an Icon riding at least one 100 mile ride per month for years; he was very talkative and extremely well informed and never once had a bad work about anyone.
I wonder about COGS having a memorial ride in his honor at least once of a distance so as many COGS riders could join in and remember him and his unrivaled achievements.
i will miss him.
Kudos to Susan, Richard, and Gus; for preparing this superb tribute to Tom!
Nevertheless, having said that --- I hate to tell on a man, but Schaefer had an unshakable shoe fetish:
Hey, me too! (Same bike shoe, pictured.)
Peace be upon him.
Very sad indeed! Thank you Gus for this wonderful tribute. I will miss Tom's unique, strong positive spirit. His sense of humor and twinkle in his eye always right there. RIP Tom.
It is with great sadness that we report that our friend, COGS member and fellow cyclist, Tom Schaefer, has passed away due to a diving related accident in Mexico. Tom was a real character, in the best sense of the word. Those of us who had the pleasure to ride with Tom and get to know him appreciated his sense of humor, his knowledge of the world, both natural and human, and the eccentricities that made him such a unique person.
Tom is survived by his girlfriend, tandem partner, and fellow COGS member, Grace Abbott and his niece Lerryn Schaefer Donatelle of Chicago.
For more about Tom, especially his life beyond cycling, check out the memorial website set up by Lerryn and Nick Schaefer Donatelle. You can also contribute stories and photos about Tom on that website.
Below are some memories contributed by a few of Tom’s friends.
To honor Tom, COGS will be hosting a ride of one of his favorite in-city loops. Later in the season, if the rest of us can get in shape, COGS will put together a century on his behalf.
by Susan Price, Richard Petters, and Gus Jansson on behalf of COGS
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