Thomas M. Potter Jr., of Gilboa, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 24, 2017. Tom is survived by his wife, Karen Summersgill Potter; his children, Phoebe (Hank Rosen), Laura and Brett. He was born July 29, 1958, in Walnut Creek, Calif. It was here he developed a lifelong love of sports, especially skiing in Squaw Valley. In 1965, Tom's family moved to Sewickley. He was an avid fan of the Steelers and the Penguins. Graduating from Sewickley Academy where he played soccer for the team, Tom then attended Lawarenceville University and played on the soccer team. Tom moved to New York City, opened an art gallery in Soho and married Nancy Howell. Phoebe was born. After separating from Nancy, he moved to Hunter, N.Y. In was in Hunter, N.Y., where he was on ski patrol and met Karen. After the birth of their children, they settled in Gilboa, N.Y. Pursuing his passion for soccer, Tom played on leagues in the Albany, N.Y., area. As a volunteer, he coached and mentored young athletes at the Gilboa-Conesville Central School. A dedicated father, Tom made a point of attending every one of his children's games, grade school through college. He was committed to the communities where he lived and worked. Tom was predeceased by his mother, Diane King Potter. In addition to his wife and children, Tom is survived by his father, Thomas M. Potter Sr. (Jebby); his sisters, Tracey and Elizabeth (Jeff Hall); his brothers, Will and Christopher (Lainie); niece, Tory; and nephews, Ogden and Ethan. Tom lived an inspired life, always seeking new experiences and adventures. Tom and Karen spent their 25 year marriage traveling and exploring the world together. Tom will be remembered as a man who lived with passion, enthusiasm and a great sense of fun. Donations may be made to a memorial fund dedicated to connecting youth to music and other creative passions at the Prattsville Art Center, Main St., Prattsville, NY 12468.
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Published by Sewickley Herald on Apr. 13, 2017.