Thomas M. Waechter
June 18, 1953 – July 6, 2017
Thomas M. Waechter, 64, passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 6, 2017 while hiking on the High Cannon Trail in Lincoln, NH.
Born on June 18, 1953 in St. Petersburg, FL, he was the son of Richard and Velma (O’Neil) Waechter.
He was a graduate of St. Petersburg Catholic High School and was a 1975 graduate of The US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD.
On June 6, 1975 he married Ann-Marie Rosenqvist.
After his naval career, he was employed at the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant, rising to the position of Operations Manager before retiring in 2014.
First and foremost, Tom loved to serve those around him to the very best of his ability. He epitomized the call of Christ to serve everyone with whom he came in contact as a way of showing Christ’s love to the world. Tom was an avid advocate for missions work, and served as Missions Elder and on the Missions Committee at Bethany Church for over 30 years. He and his wife loved to open their home to people from around the world, as well as those in their community, and their life together was characterized by hospitality, service to others, love for missions, and family. After retiring, he and Ann-Marie put feet to words and volunteered to serve with Mercy Ships aboard the Africa Mercy, sharing God’s love with the people of Africa by providing free medical care. Tom worked on the land operations side, cheerfully doing the unglamorous jobs that were all service, no applause. For the last few years untold thousands of people found healing from chronic, lifelong illnesses, and experienced the unconditional love of Christ, because they were cared for in facilities set up and maintained by a retired nuclear engineer. More than anything else Tom loved to see the children who came to the Africa Mercy, whose lives were completely changed by the healing and love they experienced there. He was known by the entire crew as a man of selfless love and tireless labour, who always gave his best to even the most mundane task.
He is pre-deceased by his parents, Richard and Velma Waechter.
He leaves his loving wife of 42 years, Ann-Marie Waechter of North Hampton; two sons, Aaron Waechter and wife, Lisa Bultheel, of Somersworth, NH, and Joel Waechter and wife, Katy, of Dover, NH; two daughters, Elizabeth Ely and husband, David, of Oxford, IN and Hannah-Joy Waechter of Somersworth, NH; grandchildren: Brynning, Audrey, Benjamin, Iain, and Matthew Ely and Makayla and Kelsey Waechter; seven brothers, Richard, John, Donald, Joe, Jim, Will, and Robert Waechter; a sister, Mary Waechter; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to support a crew member going into an urgently needed position. There are several ways people can give. These are the instructions:
< >903-939-7000 and ask for Donor Services. The donor should mention code: “999FA – In Memory of Tom Waechter”
Send a check made out to Mercy Ships with a note attached stating: “Designated to: 999FA – In Memory of Tom Waechter”
Address: Mercy Ships – Donor Services, PO Box 1930, Lindale, TX 75771
Give online using this link: https://mercyships-us.donorpages.com/crewmates/MercyShipsFinancialA/
Where is says “Message to Crew Member” enter: “In Memory of Tom Waechter”
Donations may also be made to Pilgrim Pines Camp & Retreat Center in Swanzey, NH, which has been a special place for the family to gather for many years. Checks can be sent to Pilgrim Pines, 220 West Shore Rd., Swanzey, NH 03446, memo Tom Waechter.
Arrangements are by Fournier-Hale Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, No. Woodstock, NH.
Online guestbook at www.fournier-hale.com.