IN MEMORY OF TOM TREMER
by Dan Zerfas
Tom was my first friend at NDHS. His family moved to Northridge, California from Kansas when he was in grade school.
He was handsome and fun loving. Always had the big smile. All the girls loved him.
We had a window washing business and almost killed each other over smudges and streaks - then we moved on to auto wrecking - our own cars.
I was surprised when he went into the Brothers (Congregation of Holy Cross) . He kept his spiritual side well hidden. After three years Tom left the Brothers, and graduated from Cal State Los Angeles. Tom loved jazz. and brought Cal Tjader and others to perform at the university, He was always at Shelly Mann's Manhole on Thursday night. He was terrific on the bongos.
Tom's life changed when his brother in law set the world land speed record. He became very involved in developing the jet powered racer. They went to Australia to continue to increase the speed record. Tom got sidetracked and stayed there for 15 years. His personality fit in with the Aussies. He managed a timber company. When he came back to California he went into the camera truck and special effects business.
Tom Tremer died much too early; a heart attack at 56 - the same age his father died of a heart attack. He left two lovely daughters.
Tom was a great friend. When he is thought of everyone smiles: "Do you remember when Tremer...?"