CALEDONIA – For a moment last week, the passing of a loved and treasured local hero crossed a local cameraman’s skill and memory of this giant among giants.
Over 23,000 people have watched Kevin Keenan’s video honoring the life of former Caledonia Chief Tom ‘Torp’ Torpey, 71.
“Today we lost one of our own,” posted Keenan on Facebook April 12. “50 years of service to the Caledonia Fire Department. A true firefighter who was a wealth of knowledge and a pillar of our department. Rest Easy Torp, you will certainly be missed.”
According to an obituary from Alhart Funeral Home in Caledonia, ‘Torp’ passed unexpectedly on April 12. He was predeceased by his father, Duncan Torpey.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Chris Oppelt; grandchildren, Ryan and Rachel Oppelt; mother, Jeanette; brother, Michael and sister, Mary Ann Torpey; 1 niece and 1 nephew.
He retired as Chief of Caledonia Village Police.
The Caledonia Fire Department lit their fire hall blue in honor of ‘Torp.’