Traveling with Tom: Iolan’s family finds a unique way to celebrate his life and travels

Tom Brigham's friends and family have scattered his ashes all over the world since his death in 2021. Small portions of his ashes have been to New Orleans, the Florida Keys, Hawaii and Las Vegas as well as Chile, Mexico and beyond. They were also included on a Rose Bowl Parade float.

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January 20, 2023 - 3:21 PM

Kari Smith, left, and her mother Judy Brigham dipslay postcards from places where Tom Brigham’s ashes had been spread by family and friends after his death in September 2021. Kari is holding a tube filled with a portion of his ashes. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register
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Telling the story always starts the same: “You might think this is odd and maybe a bit creepy, but…”

It ends with tears, laughter and a sense of awe that one person could impact the lives of so many others in so many places, long after he’s gone.

TOM Brigham died on Sept. 30, 2021, at the age of 70.

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