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Thomas R Williamson

July 4, 1947 ~ February 3, 2021 (age 73)

Obituary

With unimaginable sadness and our hearts overflowing with love, we said goodbye to Tom on February 3, 2021. He devoted his life to being an incredible husband, generous father, doting grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all. 

 

Tom was born on July 4, 1947, in Los Angeles, CA to Wayne and Renetta Williamson. As the son of a minister, he lived many places in his youth including Japan, England, California, Nevada and Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1970 , where he met the love of his life, Judy. Tom went on to a career as an accomplished cabinet maker and carpenter, but decided to return to school in Portland, Oregon in 1987 to become a Chiropractor. Tom worked tirelessly building a practice and helping to improve the health and wellbeing of countless patients over the course of this career. In 2018, Tom and Judy moved from their Seattle home of over 40 years to Mount Vernon in Skagit County to be closer to their grandbabies. Tom settled into the slower and quieter life in Skagit where he immediately felt  truly at home. He was able to spend these past few years doing all the things he enjoyed - biking, hiking, exploring, gardening, shooting his bow and arrow and spending countless hours playing with his granddaughters. He even competed in and finished well in a triathlon at age 70. After retiring as a Chiropractor, he got his commercial truck drivers license and he enjoyed driving a big tractor-trailer rig hauling cement throughout this region. Tom was welcomed into the congregation at Saint Luke's Lutheran Church where he was a devoted member and made many new friends. He was a man of deep faith who found comfort and truth in God's word. 

 

Tom was known for his energy, youthfulness, goofy jokes, ecstatic dance moves and never-ending desire to chit chat.  At 73, he remained childlike in his ability to relate to children, inventing games and telling fantastical stories to their delight.  He was a skilled and creative builder, a great cook, health conscious, had an insatiable curiosity and  the ability to light up a room. His greatest joy came from helping others. Truly, Tom was a servant to God and to all those he loved. He always made sure his girls knew how proud he was and how much he loved them. His spirit will live on strongly in the hearts and minds of all who were lucky enough to know and love him.

 

He is survived by his wife Judy, daughters Remi (Nick) Hall, and Nikki (Paul) Turner, his two granddaughters - Rio and Aya, brother Fred (Maureen) Williamson, close in-laws, nieces and nephews and lifelong friends and others who knew him as "Uncle Tom." He was preceded in death by his parents. Tom is and will be forever missed. 

 

Due to the current pandemic, a very small service will be held at his home on March 6th. A  Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held at a later date.

 

Remembrances in Tom’s honor may be made to the Mt. Vernon Parks Foundation, PO Box 1572, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273. Attn: Tom Williamson Memorial.

 

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