UPDATED: Dr. Tom Bloom, popular River Falls veterinarian, dies SaturdayDr. Tom Bloom, a well-known River Falls veterinarian and community leader, died Saturday afternoon in a wood-cutting accident on acreage near his town of Kinnickinnic home. He was 62.
Dr. Tom Bloom, a popular River Falls veterinarian and community leader, died Saturday afternoon in a wood-cutting accident on acreage near his town of Kinnickinnic home. He was 62.
UPDATE:A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Mt. Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Interment will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, County Road J and County Road W, St. Croix County, Wis., at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Shiva will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sholom Home East, West 7th at Kay Avenue in St. Paul. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Kinnickinnic Town Hall, 1271 County Road J, River Falls.
Arrangements are with Hodroff-Epstein Funeral Home in St. Paul, 651-698-8311, www.hodroff-epstein.com.
Arrangement details also posted at Bakken-Young Funeral and Cremation Services: www.bakken-young.com.
Details on the accident are few due to weekend staffing at the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department, but a dispatcher said authorities received a call from a neighbor near Bloom's residence at 325 Sherwood Forest Rd. at 4:51 p.m., Saturday. They'd discovered Bloom trapped beneath a fallen tree and were uncertain whether he was alive.
Bloom is survived by his wife, MaryJo, and two children.
He operated Kinnic Veterinary Service, 1333 N. Main St., River Falls, since the mid-1990s. He was the charter president of the River
Falls Rotary Club in 1999 and served as an assistant Rotary District Governor following his year as president. He was selected River Falls Rotarian of the Year in 2003.
Outside of his practice, Bloom enjoyed the outdoors and was a licensed amateur radio operator. He wrote an occasional column on animals for the River Falls Journal and headlined a show -- "At The Vet" on River Falls' public access cable channel.
Admirers who'd learned of his death had already posted complimentary eulogies on a public site Sunday afternoon.
"Dr. Bloom was amazing, and will certainly be missed by so many. We searched all over the metro area to find the best doc for our
doggies and found him in our own backyard. What a huge loss," wrote a woman named Jennifer.
"Rest in peace Dr. Bloom. Your care and compassion for pets will be greatly missed," another woman penned.More from around the web