Thomas Edward Aldrich, known to his family as "Tommy" and simply "Tom" or "Two Tone" to most others, was killed in a work-related accident at 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27 in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Anyone who met Tom would say he lived each day as though it was his last while on the same note he planned as though he would live forever. Tom loved his fun and most of all when he shared it with his family and friends. Tom never met a stranger. He helped anyone or any critter in need. "Pay it forward" was a principle Tom lived.

Tom was born Nov. 22, 1962 in Exeter. He attended Exeter schools graduating in 1981 and going on to College of Sequoias for two years. Tom began working for Wilson's Land Leveling at age 17 and later moved on to Wood Bros. Tom married the love of his life, Cherie McClellan, Aug. 1, 1986. Tom and Cherie were blessed by their daughter, Nicole Cherie, born Jan. 3, 1992. Tom was a loving husband, father, son and brother.

As a fierce competitor, Tom worked to be the best in all he did whether it was hunting, bowling, motorcycle riding, 4-wheel drive touring, studying, or the multitude of activities he enjoyed. He was always generous with his toys and more than willing to show you how to use them, break them, fix them, and make them better than before. Tom was a member of many hunting and 4-wheel drive clubs as well as an avid bowler. Tom's friends affectionately say, "He was a true friend -- the best friend anyone could have."

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Smith.

Tom is survived by his wife, Cherie Lynne Aldrich of Exeter; a daughter, Nicole Cherie Aldrich of Exeter; his father, Marvin Aldrich of Galt, Calif.; five sisters, Marcy Harper of Galt, Calif., Angela Aldrich of Portland, Ore., Lois Wenzek of Freeland, Wash., Mary Manes of Glenrock, Wyo., and Billie Jo Fallert of Strathmore; three brothers, Marvin Aldrich, Jr. of Woodlake, Clyde Aldrich of Tehama, Calif., and Lynn Smith of Exeter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 31 at the Exeter Church of God. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Blue Ribbon Coalition or your local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Miller Exeter Chapel.

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