Thomas Roy Wadkins
Saturday, April 4, 1959
Sunday, February 7, 2021
A celebration for Tom will be held when the border’s open and it’s safe to gather together to sing with family and friends to honor his legacy.
Tom was born in Denver CO to a family of three older sisters who helped to keep him in line, when they weren’t busy dressing him up or tormenting him with hanging lougies. At the age of 6 he moved to the Portland OR area where he completed his growing up. Tom graduated from Tigard High School in 1977 and from Oregon State University (Go Beavers) in an acceptable 5 years to earn his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1982. While there, he was a member of a private fraternity called “Delta Who, ” which appeared to have a lot in common with another private fraternity aka Animal House. He put in a stint of 7 years in Southern California, where he hung out at the beach, grazed through happy hour appetizers in lieu of cooking dinner and was famous for his margaritas. In his off hours he started building a career in aerospace.
In 1989, he moved to Seattle and had the good fortune to run into an old girlfriend who was a newlywed but had a friend he just had to meet. A few months later he was introduced to this friend, Cindy. A year later, she was his bride and would be the love of his life.
Tom’s aerospace career brought him to Whatcom County, where he and his family have put down deep roots since 1995.
Like so many others, his life was upended in 2020 with a permanent layoff from aerospace due to the pandemic. As he was gearing up for a career change he was given the life-altering diagnosis of inoperable Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He fought the good fight for 5 months and 7 days but went for his final climb into Jesus’ lap on 2/7/2021. He will best be remembered as a cheerfully undiscriminating wino, with twinkling eyes, a great sense of humor and a wonderful bass voice that added depth to his church choir and Canadian chorus Soundscape. His kindness and welcoming nature will be missed, along with his hugs, ready smile, easy laugh and charcoal-grilled Daddy burgers.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, T Roy Wadkins II and Elaine DeBoer Schultz, and sister Jana Wadkins. He is survived by his wife Cindy, sons Taylor & David and sisters Sandra Wadkins and Mary Wadkins.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CaringBridge or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.