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Eulogy for One of USP’s Founding Members

Tom Waechter, one of Union Street Players’ founding members and a former Board Member, was memorialized yesterday in a service at Second Reformed Church where he was a life-long member. Tom passed away last week. Several USP members were present to pay their respects including Walk of Fame members Bev Graves, Pat Moriarity, Arvin Van Zante, Pat Van Zante, and Lisa Witzenburg. USP also sent a beautiful bouquet of flowers for the service.

During the service, Rev. Sophie Matthonet-Vander Well read excerpts from a eulogy written by USP Alumnus, Rick Schmidt who was directed by Tom in four of the five USP productions Waechter directed (Harvey [1990], Arsenic and Old Lace [1992], You Can’t Take it With You [1993], The Man Who Came to Dinner [1995]).

Rick’s eulogy was made available to anyone who wanted to read it. You make download or open the file from the link below.

Tom Waechter Eulogy

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USP Founding Member Passes

Union Street Players (USP) is sad to announce the passing of founding member Tom Waechter at the age of 74. Tom was heavily involved in the early years of our community theatre. His first credited involvement came in USP’s first year as an incorporated non-profit group when he helped with advertising and ticket sales in productions of Never Too Late and Polky-Dot and the Christmas Wish. Tom’s involvement grew in subsequent years. He served four terms as the group’s Vice-President (1990-1993) and directed five shows:

  • Harvey (1990)
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1992)
  • You Can’t Take It With You (1993)
  • Greater Tuna (1995)
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner (1995)

Though he had not been actively involved for many years, Tom continued to attend USP shows and supported numerous productions by loaning furniture and other items for set pieces and props. USP is appreciative of Tom’s contributions to the group and the leadership he provided during the early years of our organization. He will be remembered at USP’s annual Award’s Dinner in the fall of next year.

Waechter is, sadly, the fourth major contributor USP has memorialized in recent years. He joins Walk of Fame member Dottie McGee along with Sherman Van Zee, and Mike Atkins. USP will pass along funeral and memorial information as it becomes available.