FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Thomas Edward Ochman of Fairfield died suddenly on Oct. 12 at his home. He was 49.
A lifelong resident of Fairfield, Ochman was born June 22, 1963 to Edward and Jean Lotsko Ochman. He graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in 1982 and worked for his family's business for 20 years before venturing out on his own as a limo driver.
In his 20s and 30s, Ochman built stages and helped produce many shows for the Fairfield University Playhouse. He was called the innkeeper of the Misfit Mansion because his door and heart were always open, his family said.
He could often be found spending time with friends at St Mary's By the Sea or at his home away from home, Block Island.
Ochman is survived by two brothers, Edward Ochman, of Branford, Conn., Joe Ochman, of Los Angeles; two sisters, Cynthia Ochman, of Elizabethton, Tenn., and Linda Williamson, of Vermont; and many friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Friday, at St. Margaret's Shrine in Bridgeport. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday on Block Island, where his ashes will be spread. Edmund W. Dougiello Funeral Home in Fairfield is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, cards and donations may be brought to the service or sent to Thomas Ochman Memorial Fund. c/o Lucia Palmieri, 2539 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604.