Paul Thomas Buche passed away on April 25, 2020 in the Denver Health Hospital.
Paul Thomas Buche was born in Richmond, IN, on May 26, 1940. From birth, he was known as “Tom.” His twin brother is Peter Jerome Buche, known as “Jerry.” The parents are John Meagher and Elizabeth Allen Buche of Richmond, IN. In 1953, the family moved to West Lafayette, IN. Tom and his brother, Jerry, graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1958. Tom entered Purdue University the same year. Tom was active in student affairs at Purdue, and was elected senior class president. Tom successfully completed the U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program. When he graduated from Purdue in 1962, Tom was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant. After graduation, he began work in New York City with the Johns-Manville Corporation. Shortly thereafter, he was called to active duty and assigned to a U.S. Army helicopter supply and support center in Brienne-Le Chateau, France.
After Tom was honorably discharged from the army in 1964, he returned to the Johns-Manville Corporation in New York. In the early 1970s, Johns-Manville began a transfer of its corporate headquarters to Denver, CO, and Tom also moved to Denver. Tom left Johns-Manville in 1977, and founded Buche and Associates, a firm selling HVAC equipment and other building and plumbing supplies to contractors. In 1996, Tom and his twin brother, Jerry, arranged a buy-out, and Tom retired from the company he founded.
Tom Buche met Paul Stewart in Denver in the mid-1970s. They lived together as life-partners until Paul's death in 1990.
Tom Buche was active in several organizations set up to respond to the AIDS crises. He was one of the early supporters and a long-time member of the Denver Colorado AIDS Project. Tom was an early supporter of the Human Rights Campaign in Colorado. He also served the organization as a member of the national board of directors of the HRC from 1997 to 2004.
Tom is survived by his brothers, John Allen Buche (spouse, Anike) and Peter Jerome Buche (spouse, Susan), and a sister, Barbara B. Atkinson. A sister, Ann B. Spedding, pre-deceased Tom. Four nephews and two nieces survive their uncle. Tom also leaves a large family of dear and true friends from coast to coast.
The joyful celebration of Paul Thomas Buche's life will be scheduled at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Tom Buche's name to the Human Rights Campaign (www.hrc.org Tel 800-777-4723, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC, 20036-3278).
He is the cousin of David H. Corcoran, Sr.