Funeral services for Thomas Carpenter, 81 year old Buffalo man who passed away Monday at his residence, will be held Friday, May 30th at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Friends may donate in his memory to the charity of their choice in care Harness Funeral Home, 351 North Adams Avenue Buffalo, Wyoming 82834.
Thomas Carpenter was born on March 18, 1933 in Washington D.C. to and was adopted in infancy to Geraldine and Leonard Carpenter. He grew up and received his education in Hotchkiss, Connecticut and then went on to attend Yale University. Tommy resided for more than forty years in Buffalo, Wyoming with homes in Wayzata, Minnesota and Punta Gorda, Florida. Throughout his adult life, Tommy carried on the family tradition of philanthropy. Tommy was a founder and a giver of large contributions to ECHO, which became a worldwide provider of seeds which brought food to millions of the world’s hungry. Tommy’s philanthropy also provided fresh, clean drinking water for many poverty stricken Africans, by his drilling of wells, both on his own and wells built in concert with other likeminded organizations. He also contributed too many needed projects in countless locations. Tommy was a significant supporter of the Minneapolis Symphony in Minnesota, the Conservancy and St. Matthews House in Naples, Florida. He financially supported countless projects in Buffalo, Wyoming including the Food Bank and the construction and operation of the YMCA. Tommy was a founding partner in the Ucross Organization that conglomerated several contiguous ranches in the late 1960’s and early 70’s under the partnership named U.L.C.
He is survived by his wife Nicky of Wayzata, Minnesota; one son George Carpenter of Buffalo, Wyoming; one daughter Virginia Carpenter of Wayzata, Minnesota, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, one daughter, one son and a sister.