Thomas John Billmeier
Oct. 29, 1949-Oct. 5, 2021
Thomas "Tom" John Billmeier, 71, of Pleasanton, California, passed away on October 5, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Oct 29, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Anaheim, California as a junior in high school. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Slavic Languages before moving to Northern California where he worked as a project manager for a number of computer firms.
He was perhaps most recognized as a popular spin and fitness instructor. He began teaching basic aerobics classes in the 1980’s and eventually lead full-capacity boot camp and cycling programs until his retirement in 2019. While his classes were revered for their difficulty and his passion and devotion towards teaching them, it is the community that he built through those gatherings that resonates most profoundly.
He aspired to be what he called a “Rock’n’Roll fitness nerd,” and cultivated this vision through his love of live, loud music, his unrelenting participation in athletics, and his boundless enthusiasm towards literature and Jeopardy and crossword puzzles.
He is predeceased by his mother, Mary; father, Frank; brother, Ken; and sister, Joan. He is survived by his longtime partner, Christine Campbell; son, Craig; daughter, Kim; grandchildren, Noah, Kadence, Ramona, and Desmond; sisters, Mary, Regina, and Patti; brother, Bob; and a vast network of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Saint Boniface in Anaheim, California, Friday October 29, 2021.
An additional Bay Area celebration of life will be held in Pleasanton, California, on Saturday, November 6th.
In lieu of flowers we encourage a donation be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, an organization for which Tom cared deeply. https://tinyurl.com/27r5mwy9