Thomas William Zichy

thomas zichy

October 17, 1923 ~ June 5, 2021

Born in: Zakany, Hungary
Resided in: Asheville, NC

The beloved patriarch of our family, Thomas William Zichy, also known as Dad, Daddy, Daddy-o, Granddad, Opa, and Tomi bácsi, passed away peacefully at his home on June 5, 2021, surrounded by his children. He was 97 years of age.

Born in Zakany, Hungary, Tom immigrated to the United States in 1949 and chose Asheville to make a new home as the mountains reminded him of his homeland. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary Szechenyi Zichy, who passed away in 2013.

He was a life long member of The Basilica of St. Lawrence where he served as an usher for several years, and was committed to his hourly devotion of the Holy Eucharist.

Thomas worked for American Enka for 33 years in the Central Engineering Department. Upon retirement, he continued working at home as an independent design architect.

He leaves behind four children: Andrew Zichy and his wife Susan, Bernadette Zichy Pack and husband James, Charles Zichy and wife Beverly, and Doris Zichy Grether and husband Tobias; 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Following a brief prayer service, the family will receive friends from 3:00 to 4:30 pm on Sunday, June 27th, at Groce Funeral Home, 856 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 28th, at 10:00 am in The Basilica of St. Lawrence, 97 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801, with the Rev. Fr. Roger Arnsparger officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Basilica of St. Lawrence or to the WNC Bridge Foundation (Hospice), PO Box 1315, Arden, NC 28704.


Visitation: June 27, 2021 3:00 pm - May 24, 2024 4:32 pm

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Funeral Mass: June 28, 2021 10:00 am

Basilica of St. Lawrence DM
97 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801


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  1. Prayers and love to all the family. He was always so kind to Randy through the years of his friendship with Keith, Bernie and James. Randy Jones and his mom Maxine.

  2. Love and prayers for all the family. He was so kind to Randy through Randy’s friendship of many years with Keith, Bernie and James.

  3. Prayers for you and your family Doris , always remember you memories with your day !! Much Love , Angela English

  4. Andy and loved ones,
    I am sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. He was a pleasure to work with. Our thoughts and prayers extended during this time.
    Ron Morrow

  5. I remember Tom would always smile and wave to me when I was setting up for Mass. Such a dear, sweet man… a bright light.

  6. Zichy family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you can keep the good memories of your dad and mom alive. Your whole family was such a part of life on the Circle in the “old” days.

  7. Andy,Susan & Family Sending you all my love. Sending Many thoughts & prayers during this difficult time

  8. To all of the family and especially to Bernie, James and children. We know how much love he gave to his family and you gave to him. Both your parents were amazing and loved their faith. May God bless all of you and keep your memories close. Love and prayers, The Vaillancourt family, Bob Darlene, Christopher and Stacie

  9. Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t remember wheather I came to know your dad, but I know that he was very important for my own dad, Aladár. I am sure they are now having a good time together. Love and prayers, Michael and all the Zichys from Salzburg, Austria

  10. I remember speaking with Tom several times. He always had a smile, a funny story or a joke to share.
    Doris, Tobi, Bernie and James, we offer our prayers and sincere condolences to you and your families.

  11. Dear A,B,C,D,
    we all loved Tomi bácsi who incarnate goodness and gentleness in an extraordinary form. He was the youngest brother of my father Hubertus Zichy. He never lost the contact to his family in Europe, I found many loving letters and photos in my fathers estate. Now all of the seven siblings hopefully have a very good time upstairs! Our love and prayers to you all. A Jó Isten áldja meg aranyos és jóságos Tomi bácsit.
    Toncsy Hagen-Zichy from Augsburg in Germany

  12. Dear Andrew, Beverley, Charlie and Doris ~ and all the grandchildren, my prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your sweet, loving, gentle father/grandfather. His genuine kindness was so comforting to me.

    “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…” (Hebrews 6:19-20a)

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