Thomas Garesche

Thomas K. Garesche

Monday, January 4th, 1932 - Saturday, February 29th, 2020
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Thomas (Tom) Knapp Garesché, 88, of Holderness, NH, peacefully passed with family on February 29, 2020.

Born on January 4, 1932, Tom grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey. He was the son of Claude Garesché and Mary Knapp Garesché. He was the last of his siblings Claudia, Edmond, and Tricia.

He loved his family, friends, charitable work, travel, and tennis.

He attended Georgetown Prep, RPI University, and graduated from Fordham University in 1955.

Known for his strong ethics in business, he worked for Metropolitan Life in their property investment division for almost 42 years. In that time, he worked on countless deals, including leading the 1981 acquisition of the PanAm Building which is now the MetLife Building.

On January 19, 1963, he married Margy Labourdette and bought their first home in Chappaqua, New York a few years later where they raised their family.

Known for his strong Catholic faith, he was very involved with Saint John and Mary Church in Chappaqua where he served on the parish council and organized charitable activities for the church. He also served on Cardinal O’Connor’s Business Council in the 1980’s and 90’s.

In 1992, Tom joined the Order of Malta as a Knight taking many pilgrimages to Lourdes with the Order working with the sick and disabled. In his retirement he worked with the Dismas Home to help start the New Hampshire home to help transform the lives of formerly incarcerated women.

After spending many vacations on Squam Lake, he bought property on the lake in 1993 where he would later retire.

He is survived by his loving wife Margy, his daughter Mimika; his son Tom, his wife Donna and their children TJ, Matt, and Grace; his son Edmond, his wife Helena, and their children Robert, and Hannah; his son Al, his wife Kristin and their children David, Nathan, and Jay; and his son John and his daughter Sylvan.

Visitation will be held on Saturday March 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mayhew Funeral Homes, Route 3 and Cataldo Road, Meredith. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 300 NH-25, Meredith.

He will be buried at Trinity Churchyard Cemetery in Holderness, New Hampshire on May 11.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dismas Home of New Hampshire, 102 Fourth St., Manchester, NH 03102, online at .
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Mayhew Funeral Home
    204 D.W. Highway
    Meredith, NH 03253
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 11:30am
    St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
    300 NH Route 25
    Meredith, NH 03253
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    Rev. Msgr. Gerald R. Belanger
  • Interment

    Trinity Churchyard Cemetery
    Route 175
    Holderness, NH 03245
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Posted at 05:34pm
Dearest Margy and family,
I will always remember with joy the many times we spent together in “Chaps”. But my fondest memory was waiting in line to dance with uncle Tom at wedding receptions. He was quite the dancer! My heart is with you all and I am so glad you have each other to comfort one another. Remember all the joyful times and imagine Tommy with Claudia, Tricia, Edmond together with their parents in Jesus joyful pressence. With deepest sympathy, Judy Wetzig

Marvel & Ted Donson

Posted at 03:55pm
We first met Tom Garesché when he welcomed us to Seven Bridges Field Club where we made many lifelong friends. A few years later, he told us about Rockywold-Deephaven Camps at Squam Lake, where we have spent our last 20 summer vacations. We can never forget his indelible impact on our lives! We send our sincere condolences to Margy, and his impressive offspring and their families.

Frank Coiro

Posted at 12:28pm
Dear Margy,
My condolences to you and your family on Tom's passing. I will remember all of our conversations over the years and how fond Tom was of telling me he was calling from "On Golden Pond".

With deepest sympathies,
Frank Coiro


Bill Beck

Posted at 11:22am
Our condolences to your whole family at Tom’s passing. Our interactions with Tom were at and through a place that we all love: Seven Bridges FC., whether in his role as club president or as a participant in the seasonal opening or closing of the facility, Tom was always a fearsome advocate for the enterprise and it is that spirit that resonates every time we volunteer there.

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Posted at 05:42pm
Dearest Garesche Family, Sincerely our hearts are with you & grateful to share in the endless blessing Tom is & his beautiful testimony of Gods love.
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