Thomas J. Kircher

August 25, 2019

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Thomas J. Kircher, labor lawyer and Cincinnati native, died on Sunday, August 25; he was 78. After Kircher graduated from St. Xavier High School ('59) and Xavier University ('63), he attended Georgetown Law ('66), during which he worked under U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and subsequently served the National Labor Relations Board. When he returned to Cincinnati in 1969, he founded what became the largest labor law firm in the Tri-state region (Kircher, Robinson, Cook, Newman & Welch) and represented thousands of Kroger employees faithfully for 4 decades as well as workers in the auto, steel, paper, and hospitality industries. Deeply engaged in local politics, in 1973 Kircher recruited attorney, City Councilman, and future Mayor Jerry Springer to his firm; worked closely with U.S. Congressman Tom Luken; and was a prominent member of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. In the continued service of union members, Kircher represented Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason during the NFL strike of 1987. When the Ohio Fernald plant gained national notoriety in 1988 for knowingly exposing workers to toxic levels of radiation, Kircher secured benefits for hundreds of affected employees. The son of Hilda Kircher and national labor leader Bill Kircher, who organized the migrant farmworkers beside Cesar Chavez and later became Organizing Director of the AFL-CIO, Tom continued the family legacy of political activism, not only as an attorney but also by actively supporting local, state, and national campaigns that advanced workers' rights and protections. Most of all, he was a man with a heart of gold, deep compassion for the suffering, and a fantastic sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Donna Kircher; his sister, Mary Jo Huck; his two children--Bill Kircher and Evelyn Schwalb; and six grandchildren; and beloved by many. Memorial Visitation will take place at St. John the Baptist Church 5361 Dry Ridge Rd., Dry Ridge, Friday from 10AM until Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM.


Cindy - Nov 7, 2019
So sorry. I worked with Tom for years. He was a great man and I am very shocked,
Lennie Wyatt - Sep 4, 2019
Rest in piece Tom, your contribution on behalf of workers  will not be forgotten. As the former President of U.F.C.W Local 75 and International V.P your legal guidance and wisdom to due the right thing for the members were always on the forefront decision process. The labor movement has loss a strong advocate.
Margie Richardson - Aug 31, 2019
Tom has such a great sense of humor and we had such great memories with him. I was so honored when he handed me his trumpet and told me I could have it after he found out I loved playing. He will be missed dearly.
Ben Brady - Aug 29, 2019
Honoring Toms dedication to public service and steadfast support in the values of the Labor Movement and Labor Members. Your Legacy lives on. Condolences to Toms Family and Friends.
Martin McConnell - Aug 29, 2019
We have lost a good man who will be sorely missed by many. RIP Tom.
Paul Campbell - Aug 29, 2019
Tom was a special person in my time as Union Member/ political activities RIP TOM
Donna Thinnes - Aug 29, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to Tom’s family. Tom was a wonderful person. I knew Tom for 40+years. A lot of fun times over those years. Heaven has gained another angel.
Theresa Sparer McGoron - Aug 29, 2019
So sorry to hear about Tom. We go back as far as when Tom and his family lived on Long Lane. I use to babysit Billy and Lynne. So many great memories. Tom gave me my first job as a legal secretary working at his firm. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Evelyn Kircher Schwalb - Aug 29, 2019
Many thanks from our family for all of your kind words, which are deeply comforting to us and so meaningful.
Mary K. Lanier - Aug 28, 2019
UFCW had one of the best to represent the Local Union. Rest In Peace, dear friend.
Angie Crabtree - Aug 28, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. I worked for the Painters Union in the railqay clerks bldg. right across from Kroger Bldg. He was our Attorney and was such a great and kind man. Always very polite and accessible when you needed him. Prayers for the family.
Earl C. Leonhardt - Aug 28, 2019
I have known Tom for over forty years.He was loyal to his clients in the labor community. Providing legal services to the working men & women in the greater Cincinnati area. He was a professional and always a pleasure to work with. RIP Tom...
Tanner - Aug 28, 2019
I’m so sorry to here about Thomas’s passing. I used to work at Birchwood in the activities department and I would always stop by his room and see him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Bob Welch - Aug 28, 2019
Tom: you were a great mentor to me that inspired me to follow in your footsteps, protecting the rights and dignity of the injured workers and their families. Rest in Peace, my good friend.