November 13, 1946 - October 24, 2017
Born in Los Angeles, CA, to Donald Maynard Galbraith and Marjorie Galbraith. Cause of death was a glioblastoma, for which Tom declined treatment. He was 70.
Tom's favorite question to ask was "What do you do for fun?" He spent his life breaking the fun barrier traveling on 6 continents.
While living in Germany he owned EurTrip, leading biking, hiking, climbing & skiing adventures in Europe. He bicycled down the Rhine to Holland, and the Mediterranean coast from Italy across France into Spain.
His hiking adventures included the Kungsleden in the Norwegian Arctic, the Haute Route in France and Switzerland, the Abel Tasman in New Zealand, and a climbing trip to Aconcagua. He spent one New Years' Eve at the summit of Mt Sneffels in a sudden snowstorm.
Tom's travels in Africa included driving across the Sahara 4 times, when the route was merely tracks in the constantly shifting sand. He forded the Niger by walking ahead of his Land Rover to locate the shallow route, on his way to Timbuktu.
He sailed across the Atlantic, and spent 4 years living aboard his sailboat in Central & South America. He spent another decade living on his sailboats in winters.
He rowed his raft down the Grand Canyon 5 times but his favorite rivers remained the Yampa and the Middle Fork of the Salmon.
He bicycled across America from west to east from San Diego to St Augustine, and north to south along the Continental Divide route from Canada to Mexico.
Tom arrived in SW Colorado on Thanksgiving Day, 1975. He remodeled a grocery store/rooming house in Silverton into the French Bakery Restaurant & Teller House hotel, where your room was half-price if you arrived on a bicycle. He was a volunteer fireman, EMT, on the Search & Rescue team, and EMT Instructor during his years in Silverton.
He was a volunteer Wilderness Information Specialist with the San Juan Mountains Association, as well as teaching ultra-light backpacking and GPS navigation in the backcountry.
Tom was a 31-year Rotarian and Past President of Durango High Noon Rotary club.
In recent years Tom spent winters bicycling in Thailand, spring in the desert, summers in the high San Juans, & Septembers hiking in Switzerland. Tom was fluent in German & Spanish, and learning Thai.
Tom is survived by his wife Stanna, son Daniel Meyers (Traci Sym), daughter-in-law Erica Meyers (Nick Caldwell), grandchildren Julia, Sophia, Vera and Miles, sisters Nancy Galbraith and Donna George (Chris George), and nieces and nephews.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, Nov 4, 4:30-6:30 pm at the Durango Rec Center. Tom Stories will be told at 5 pm.
Memorial donations can be made to the Coast Guard Foundation, Stonington, CT, in appreciation for Tom & Stanna's 2007 rescue at sea; or to the Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado for the High Noon Rotary Scholarship fund.
"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea."
Published by The Durango Herald on Oct. 26, 2017.