Henry Walser Funeral Home
507 Frederick Street
Kitchener, ON
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Thomas (Tom) Dietrich on February 17, 2021 in his 81st year. Oldest brother to Harry (Linda), Douglas (Janice) and David (Pam). Left to mourn is his sister-in-law, Sandy, also many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Most people were not as lucky as him to live their life enjoying their hobby. Tom "Lived the Dream" with his Tiger Boys business partner, Bob Revell and his many Antique Aircraft Pilots and friends at the Guelph Air Park. Predeceased by his parents, Bertha and Wilfred Dietrich, sister-in-law Wendy and nephew Nicholas, and brother Dick in 2020. At Tom's request there will be no Visitation or Funeral service. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Guelph Airport in the spring barring COVID restrictions.
Published by Waterloo Region Record on Feb. 20, 2021.
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God bless you Tom and family. We have been life long friends for over 70 years, starting in grade school and high school. Tom and I were the pioneers of radio-controlled model flying, after control-line and free flight, in Victoria Park in Kitchener at the tender age of 11 & 12 years old. I then took-up real flying and got my license at the age of 16. I have flown a number of Tom's aircraft in Guelph and have been part of the fall fly-ins for over 30 years. Tom commissioned me to build a pile of his favorite aircraft over the years in true scale models, that are still hanging from the ceiling in the hanger. He was a true friend, a book of knowledge of aircraft, and I view his picture every day on the wall in my hobby shop in my home.....gone but not forgotten. Ken Uhrig
Ken Uhrig
May 9, 2021
Tom was not only an acquaintance to me, but an ICON to the Aviation World, and a true friend of the Air Cadet League of Canada. His willingness to be of assistance to so many people in all walks of life , especially flying aficionados and would-be a/c builders, could never be surpassed. He will be missed by many, and like they say in military parlance , WE WILL REMEMBER!
Captain Sam Newman
March 8, 2021
Tom represented the best of grassroots aviation. Though initially coming across as shy and quiet, Tom was friendly, helpful and always willing to lend advice or nurture someone’s interest in the restoration of aircraft. I recall his biggest smiles as he would watch the fruits of his restoration work take to the skies on warm sunny days at Guelph Airpark. Rest In Peace to one of “nature’s gentlemen”..........
Neil Harding
March 3, 2021
Tom spent the third week of every June as a vendor at the Sentimental Journey Fly-In, held at the William T. Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. If he didn't have what you were looking for, he would try to find it. Tom's smiling face will be missed by everyone at the fly-in. Our sincere condolences to all who knew him and loved him.
Kim Garlick
March 2, 2021
Tom (and Bob) always made me feel most welcome and at home whenever I visited them at the Tiger Boys hangar at Guelph Airpark. I enjoyed chatting with them about Tiger Boys aircraft and events. Tom will surely be missed by many, most especially those of us in the aviation community. Blue Skies!
Kevin Moore
February 26, 2021
With a heavy heart I would like to offer my condolences to the family. Tom was a true Legend and will be missed by many. He was a great mentor and a dear friend to me. Always thoughtful, kind and willing to help. As a fellow aviator I will never forget all the things he taught me. I will miss him very much.
- Rest in Peace
Fred Beck
February 24, 2021
My sincere condolences. Always enjoyed sitting in the hangar and hearing the many aviation stories from Tom’s vast collection obtained over many years of an aviation life. Will miss Tom.
Colin Craddock
February 21, 2021
Our sympathies to the Dietrich family. Even though we had not met Tom, we have heard stories about him from his brothers/ family.
Larry/ Sharon Wettlaufer
February 20, 2021
Always kind and thoughtful, Tom was generous with his outstanding advice for ignorant and inexperienced Tiger Moth restorers like me..without ever making us feel that way. Blue Skies and tailwinds, Tom.
Steve Betzler
February 20, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I often remember time spent at the house on Krug and seeing Tom's latest project.
John Rush
February 20, 2021
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