Thayer Announces the Passing of Thomas W. Thayer, Company Founder

It is with great sadness that we announce that Thomas Thayer, the Founder of Thayer Lighting, passed away on September 1, 2019, after a brief illness.

In 1987, Tom Thayer was looking for a new career opportunity, when he met up with a family friend in California, who owned Parke Industries. The friend told Tom that the wave of the future would be in energy efficiency. Tom started Thayer Sales in 1987 and Thayer Lighting Inc. in 1988. Some consider him to be a pioneer in the industry, in this region, and ahead of his time.

Thayer’s current company President, Patti Thayer, met Tom in 1996. In Jan of 1997, she went to work for him as vice president of sales and marketing and married that April.  Tom eventually turned the business over to Patti, when he decided to retire from active company management. She immersed herself in training and education to learn the business and to keep pace with the rapidly changing technology.

In his personal life, Tom loved golfing, hunting, fishing and his family and friends. No words can adequately express our gratitude for the opportunity to work with and learn from Tom. We plan to honor his memory with our continued dedication to the work he so loved.