Thomas P. Lasher (1963 - 2012)

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Lt. Thomas Lasher

Dover Plains, NY - Lt. Thomas P. Lasher, 49, a lifelong resident of Dover Plains, NY, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT with his wife and daughters at his side. Lt. Lasher proudly served as a deputy sheriff with the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office for 25 years.

Born on May 2, 1963 in Poughkeepsie, NY, he was the son of Linda Moran Lasher of Dover Plains, NY and Peter Lasher of Tamarac, FL. Lt. Lasher attended Dover Schools and was a 1981 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, NY. He attended Dutchess Community College. On December 10, 1988 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia, NY, he married Carolyn Beth Kelly who survives at home.

Before joining the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, he was employed by George M. Taylor & Son, Inc. and Busa Trucking, both in Dover Plains and the Village of Millerton Police Department. He also co-owned J & T Sanitation Partnership.

Lt. Lasher began his law enforcement career with the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office in December 1987. Lt. Lasher quickly rose through the ranks of the Sheriff's Office becoming a detective in 1997, a uniformed sergeant in 1999, a detective sergeant in 2001 and a uniformed lieutenant in 2004. Lt. Lasher supervised the Sheriff's Office Arson Investigation Unit, a job that suited him based on his 32 years experience as a firefighter with the J. H. Ketcham Hose Co. Lt. Lasher was instrumental in the establishment of the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response. During Lt. Lasher's career with the Sheriff's Office, he participated in numerous criminal investigations as an investigator and supervisor. He received numerous citations for outstanding work and unparalleled level of dedication and professionalism. His career and the many lives that he touched serving as a deputy sheriff will never be forgotten.

On July 6, 1980, he joined the J.H. Ketcham Hose Company and Rescue Squad in Dover Plains. He was a life member and served as a lieutenant and captain. Lt. Lasher was a member of the Dutchess County Fire Investigation team, the NYS Fire Investigation Chapter 23 IAAI, the Police Benevolent Association, the Dutchess County Chiefs Council, the Chestnut Ridge Rod and Gun Club, the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association Royal Order of the Red Vest and the Dutchess County Exempt Firemen's Association. He was a director of the Valley View Cemetery Association in Dover Plains, a past chairman of the Town of Dover Republican Committee, and a parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Dover Plains.

A loving husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his two beautiful daughters, Mackenzie Beth and Ariana Martha Lasher whom he cherished and adored. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother Paul J. Lasher and his wife, Deborah, of Davenport, IA, a sister, JoAnn Greenberg and her husband, Daniel, of Lyons, CO, his mother-in-law, Nina M. Kelly, two brothers-in-law, William R. Kelly and his wife, Kathleen, and Brian D. Kelly and his wife, Cheryl, a sister-in-law, Rebecca S. Sartori and her husband, David, all of Dover Plains, NY and a sister-in-law, Diana Kelly of Amenia, NY. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Kenneth and Jane Lasher and Edwin and Marian Moran, a sister, Beth S. Lasher, a niece, Kimberly Beth Kelly and his father-in-law, Frank W. Kelly.

Calling hours will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY. The J.H. Ketcham Hose Company will conduct services at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 1, 2012 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 83 Mill St., Dover Plains, NY. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Dover Plains, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to the Salisbury Bank and Trust Co., P.O. Box 693 Dover Plains, NY 12522 for Tom's daughters' college funds. For directions or to send the family an online condolence, please visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Sept. 28 to Sept. 30, 2012
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