Tom A. Churas

  • Born: January 16, 1948
  • Died: September 8, 2020
  • Location: Loudon, New Hampshire

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Devoted Husband, Loving Brother and Caring Friend to Many

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Tom by adding your memories and photos.

Thomas A. Churas, 72, of Loudon, died Tuesday, September 8, 2020 after a hard-fought battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Tom was born January 16, 1948 in Franklin, NH to the late Frank and Joan Churas (Mercier). Tom graduated from Central High School, Manchester, NH in 1966. Following his graduation, he moved to Tucson, Arizona before returning to NH to complete a BA from Keene State College. Tom married the love of his life Diane Osgood on May 14th, 1993 in Key West, Florida. He had a highly accredited career serving his country as a NH Army National Guardsman. Tom was a distinguished marksman and a recipient of the U.S. Army Excellence in Competition Badge for Service Rifles. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and multiple Army commendation medals. He was also an Eagle Scout. Tom retired as a sergeant from the NH Army National Guard in 2008. Even in retirement, he served for the NH Army National Guard on special assignments and at the Hillsborough County Sherriff's Office.
Tom ran the Boston Marathon, twice. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and made many trips to Wyoming and Arizona to hunt antelope throughout his life. Tom was gifted with stock investing and money management and loved helping friends and family achieve financial goals. Tom and Diane spent much leisure time at Little Squam Lake in Holderness, NH, the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME, Key West, FL. And Tucson, AZ.

In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by his nephew Andy Brown. Tom is survived and will be missed by his wife of 27 years, Diane, and her son, Tim and his partner, Mahala of Clinton, NY; his eight siblings and their spouses: Nancy and the late Richard Girard of Manchester, Cindy and Ronald Lavigne of Manchester, Diane and Kenneth Brown of Manchester, John and Kim Churas of Wakefield, RI, Patty Jo Churas and Philip Beaulieu of Hooksett, Carolyn and Jeffrey Boucher of Manchester, Kathy and Roger Boisse of Auburn, and Karen and Todd Newville of Shrewsbury, MA. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Services are private because of limited seating due to Covid-19, but they will be livestreamed on Immaculate Heart of Mary of Concord's Youtube channel on Tuesday, September 15 at 11 AM. Tom will be interred at the Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. A celebration of life will be held when we all can gather safely again. The family would like to thank the staff of The Birches of Concord and Bayada Hospice. A special heartfelt thank you to Tom's personal caregiver Danielle.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massachusetts, New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 166 S. River Rd. #210, Bedford, NH 03110, or to the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030, or to a charity of one's choice.

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online tribute, leave a message of condolence or for more information please visit www.phaneuf.net.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Tom always enjoyed the wonderful spirit that Squam Lake gives back. His spirit lives on, here, one of the places he loved. Many prayers and hugs to you, Diane.

Posted by Nancy Steen - Holderness, NH - Acquaintance   March 11, 2021

Dear Patty Jo,
We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Love, Carol and Moe

Posted by Carol and Moe Labbe - Friend   September 18, 2020

Tom was one of those people that when you met him he left a long lasting impression on you.
He was consummate professional as soldier with the New Hampshire Army National Guard. He wore many other hats as a mentor, big Brother and loving husband.
Many times over lunch with Tom and his Wife Diane, he would share his stories about his love of guns, hunting in the West and other adventures.
His passion and vivid recall with details during his stories, you could swear you were there with him sharing in these experiences.
Tom was always there to greet you with a smile, kind words and for this we will miss him so much.
God bless you Tom we were so glad to have known you and will always keep you in our memories.

Mark & Kelly Trudelle



Posted by Mark & Kelly Trudelle - Friend   September 16, 2020

My deepest sympathy

Posted by Carol Morin - Oldsmar, FL - Friend   September 16, 2020

Diane. Sorry to hear . John Chroniak

Posted by John Chroniak - Green valley, AZ - Friend   September 15, 2020

Diane and the Churas family. I had the privilege of working with Tom in the NH Army National Guard in Concord. Tom was a good friend and well respected by all who knew him. He always had a friendly smile accompanied by an upbeat comment. We are blessed to have known him and share in his life. Be consoled that he will always be remembered in our hearts and our prayers. He is in good hands, my prayers are offered for Tom and his family. Peace

Posted by Oscar Isabelle - Sarasota, FL - Served in the Military together   September 15, 2020

Diane and the Churas family. I met Tom in 1988. We travelled to Camp Perry, Ohio to represent the New Hampshire State Rifle Team. He was always smiling and cheerful. He was a true gentleman.

Posted by Bob Marchand - Friend   September 15, 2020

Dianne and the entire Churas Family,
Our condolences for your loss. Tom was a dear friend and we will always miss him. He was a great friend and has been in our lives a very long time. He will live in our memories forever.

Posted by Greg Sapounas - HOOKSETT, NH - Friend   September 14, 2020

Over 30 years ago Tom and I became friends when we served in the NH Army National Guard. No one took this honor to serve the public more seriously than Tom. His service was never a chore Never just a job Duty hours were only a suggestion -- He always considered his service a privilege and an honor.' I have a hundred stories I could share about Tom from both on and off-duty. But I'll share just one from the early days' as we worked in the same military office:
Often, Tom and I would volunteer to serve on various honor guard details and when we arrived if there were other honors teams representing those who served before us (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, VFW), Tom would always insist they take the place of honor usually only after Tom had a very respectful and determined conversation with these Veteran Teams, we'd take-up our place about four or five places back. This was so Tom. Tom's reverence toward those who served before us -- Was unmatched.
Tom loved talking about the old days' and I felt very lucky to be able to share that with him. You are in the best of hands and surrounded by your comrades-in-arms. Until we meet again

Posted by Kevin McElroy, MSgt (ANG, Ret.) - Contoocook, NH - Family   September 14, 2020

To the Churas Family. My deep condolences to all of you. Thank you for your brave service to our wonderful country. When we were kids growing up Tommy was always so funny. It seemed he was always heading out to go hunting. I'm sure he is being sadly missed. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and perpetual light shine upon him.

Posted by Allyson Bodell - Hooksett, NH - Family Friend   September 14, 2020

Candle

Diane,

I worked with Tom for many years in the Personnel Directorate of the New Hampshire Army National Guard and was very saddened when I heard from Mark that Tom had passed on from such a terrible disease. Please accept our heartfelt condolences for you and your families loss. He will be truly missed

14 September 2020

Posted by DIANA YOUNG - Pembroke, NH - Coworker   September 14, 2020

Our sincerest Sympathy to the Churas Family. Richard and Kathy DeFreitas

Posted by Kathy - Friend   September 14, 2020

Candle

Tom was truly special and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Melanie LaRocca - North Reading, MA - Family   September 13, 2020

To The Churas Family. So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. It was way too soon. My deepest condolences. I was amazed how he looked just like his Mom Joanne. Will always remember Tom as my first kiss in Sixth grade. LOL. May he Rest In Peace. Brenda Cavanaugh

Posted by Brenda Cavanaugh - NH - friend   September 13, 2020

I am very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I have very good memories of Tom leading the gang on Tory Road. All the kids looked up to him. My condolences to all the Churas and his wife and family. Best Regards Jill Cavanaugh Knowles

Posted by Jill Knowles - York, ME - Neighbor   September 13, 2020

I'm sorry to hear of the death of my old St. Joseph Grammar School classmate and friend. My condolences to Cindy and all the other members of Tom's family.

Posted by Bob Kelley - Friend   September 13, 2020

Diane

I was sad to read about Tom in this morning's Monitor. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Bjorn

Posted by Bjorn Lange - Concord, NH - Friend   September 13, 2020

Mr.Churas, Thank you for your service RDM Windham NH

Posted by - Friend   September 13, 2020

Dear Diane, Tim and Family,
Marc and I are so sorry for you Loss. We will miss our visits with Tom at Pat and Elaine's, there was always a great story to be heard. Our Hearts and Prayers go out to you all.
Love, Marc and Kathie

Posted by Kathie Kaluzynski - Manchester, NH - Friend   September 13, 2020

Tom was a fine human being and a joy to work with and be around. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Gordon L, Butcher

Posted by Gordon Butcher - Manchester, NH - Served in the Military together   September 12, 2020

Sincere condolences to the Churas family. No matter how bad a day you had you always felt better after running into Tom. His smile and friendly demeanor never failed to uplift you. Eternal rest fellow soldier

Posted by Dan Turgeon - Fort Myers, FL - Served in the Military together   September 12, 2020

To Diane and to all the Churases and their families
You are an amazing family, so supportive and full of love. Our hearts go out to all of you, with warm remembrances of our cousin Tommy.

Posted by Diane and Ron St. Jean - Barrington, NH - Family   September 12, 2020

Dear Diane, Tim, and the entire extended Churas family.

We are so very saddened by the passing of Tom at this young age. However, we are truly thankful and happy for having known him, and for the great times that we had together over the years.

He was a great friend, and a wonderful god father to Peter. We will miss the fun times, fishing, and exploring the natural wonders of Squam lake together.

Tom was one of the good guys - he had a great impact on our family, the National Guard family, and all those he came in contact with.

The world is a better place for him having been in it

Mark, Cheryl, Peter, and Patrick Forster

Posted by MARK FORSTER - Amherst, NH - Friend   September 12, 2020

So sorry to hear about the loss of Tom! I remember him as a great friend and a true professional; you could always count on Tom! Our Condolences to his family!

Posted by George Spaulding - Northwood, NH - Coworker   September 11, 2020

He always had a kind word. Whenever we would meet he was always genuinely glad to visit and take the time to exchange family info and general local gossip.
A gentle man, gone too soon. He will be missed.

Posted by Steve Guay - Hopkinton, NH - friend   September 11, 2020

Nick and I are saddened to hear of Tom's passing. I remember how excited Nick was while Tom was allowing him to help build a campfire in his backyard. Many hugs to all!

Posted by Pauline & Nick Boynton - Exeter, NH - Family   September 11, 2020

Candle

Diane,
So very sorry for your loss of Tom.
We send Prayers of comfort and peace
Love,
Ann Marie, Barney & Family

Posted by Ann Marie Kimball - Rochester, NH - Family   September 11, 2020

Tom was a great guy and a devoted member of the New Hampshire Army National Guard. He was always very respectful and helped answering my many questions during my assignments. He was an honor to serve with and I'm sure he will be missed by all who served with him. Respectfully, Vic Rogers, LTCRET

Posted by Vic Rogers - Belmont NH   September 11, 2020

We are so very sad to hear of Tom's passing. We both worked with Tom during his time with the New Hampshire Army National Guard and found him to be a genuinely nice guy with a great sense of humor, and a willingness to help out. Tom always had a tale to share and smile to light up your day. Heaven has gained a bright angel and a wonderful Adminstrative NCO. Rest in Peace, Soldier. Until Valhalla!❤❤

Posted by Susan and Kevin REYNOLDS - NEWBERRY, SC - Served in the Military together   September 11, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Churas family. I had the pleasure of working with Tom for many years with the NH National Guard in Concord and you could not ask for a better co-worker and friend. May your memories of him, live in your hearts forever. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Frank Pelczarski - Manchester, NH - Friend   September 11, 2020

Rest in peace Tom. I am privileged to have known you.
John Weeden

Posted by John Weeden - PENSACOLA, FL - Coworker   September 11, 2020

Very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a pleasure to work with and had a great way about him while performing his duties as a court officer. Sincere condolences to Tom's family.

Posted by James Hardy - Hillsborough County Sheriff, NH   September 11, 2020

Diane,
So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Ann Mulvee - Bedford, NH   September 11, 2020


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Community Photos

Happy to be part of this family picture including Tommy, one of the "big" cousins. Love to all, DS
Tom with his "shadow box" of military awards. Taken at the Birches, Concord, NH November 2019
Patrick Fishing with Uncle Tom. Peabody Mill, Amherst, NH
Diane, Peter and Tom (Peter is Tom's godson)