Thomas Reich
1940 - 2021
Thomas Reich, 80, died peacefully in his West Hartford home Saturday after a long illness. Tom was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1940 and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Charleston and an MBA at Marshall University. He later received an honorary doctorate from the University of Charleston. Moving to the Hartford area as a young adult, Tom joined Underwriters Service Agency, a marketer of impaired risk and specialty insurance, where he later became president. He was a regent and later life regent of the University of Hartford. He was an avid supporter of the Hartford Hawks, holding season tickets to men's and women's basketball games and frequently attending many other sports contests. He and his wife Suzy funded scholarships for student athletes and improvements to the University's athletic facilities. For some time he chaired the athletics committee of the Board of Regents. He also served on the board of the Hartford Symphony for several years. Tom was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara Jesterby, and is survived by his brother, Joseph. Tom is also survived by his wife, Susan, a son, Jonathan, and two grandchildren, Jack and Madeline Reich. He is also survived by Susan's children: Lauren Spangler, and her children, Paige and Blair; and Lindsay Skrmetta, and her children, Reid and Molly. The funeral will be held Monday, May 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, followed by a reception at Tumble Brook Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Tom's memory be made to the University of Charleston, 2300 MacCorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV 25304.
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Published by Hartford Courant on May 24, 2021.
Memorial Gathering
Tumble Brook Country Club
, CT
Congregation Beth Israel
701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT
Sponsored by the family.
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Tom was fun. We had a lot of good times with the two of you.
Fond memories.
Wendy and Loren
June 2, 2021
Our sincere condolences on such a tremendous loss for your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dr. Michael and Tammie Harris
June 2, 2021
Susan Reich and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I thank you and Tom for all of the continued support for years. The Hartford community mourns for you. You, the Reich family, and all affected are in my prayers.

University of Hartford softball player,
Milena Wilton
Milena Wilton
May 25, 2021
Reich family - I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was a wonderful man who I thought the world of. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers
John Tuozzo
May 23, 2021
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