Tom P. Stapleton of North Bend passed away gently in his sleep on August 10, 2010 at home. He was 52.
Tom was born October 30, 1957 in Seattle, Washington to Bill and Marcella Stapleton. He was raised on Capitol Hill in Seattle where he attended St. Joseph School and later graduated from Seattle Prep. Following high school Tom furthered his education at South Seattle Community College where he completed his degree in the Diesel Mechanics Program.
On March 21, 1981 Tom married Judy Karpstein on March 21, 1981 at the North Plains Pioneer Church in Oregon. They resided in West Seattle before settling in North Bend in 1986 where he became a volunteer firefighter. Tom worked as a skilled auto mechanic for ten years before becoming a full-time firefighter/EMT at North Bend Fire Department. The department eventually became part of Eastside Fire and Rescue.
As a youth Tom enjoyed playing in a Capitol Hill band. He also possessed a life long love for outdoor activities; including, backpacking, skiing and golf, which he shared with his family. A motivator and role model to his daughters, he actively supported and encouraged them in their sporting activities. Tom also had a great passion for trains.
His family remembers him as a man who would always have a project going around the house. As a free spirited, fun loving and devoted family man who gathered many friends in his lifetime; he will be deeply missed.
Survivors include his loving wife, Judy of North Bend; daughter, Katie and Christine also of North Bend; siblings, Dan (Amy) Stapleton of Shoreline, Bob Stapleton of Kent, Bill (Jeannine) Stapleton of Edmonds, Tim (Sandra) Stapleton of San Francisco, Kath Strong of Spokane, Pat (Krissy) Stapleton of Marysville and Mike (Leslie) Stapleton of Mt. Vernon; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests remembrances to any charity related to veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan War or simply plant a tree in his memory.
A time of visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 16, 2010 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah. A celebration of his life will be held 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 17 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah.
Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.