Tom Angell was born in Seattle and attended schools there until the age of 13 when the family moved to Huntsville, Alabama.
Tom was a very special man who was known to many for his kind heart, good humor, and generosity. He was the first child of Howard (now deceased) and Bette Angell.
Tom lived in Alabama and Virginia growing up. He proudly served two years in the Marine Corps, where he was a Hawk missile radar operator. He was stationed in Camp Legume (San Diego) and in Yuma, Arizona.
After the service, he settled in Virginia and Maryland. As a young man, one of his adventures was attending Woodstock. Later, he became a “roadie,” doing the sound for such entertainers as Al Jarreau and Little Feat.
After he moved to Bainbridge Island, he worked for Bill Point Water System for 20 years.
Tom gave a lot of himself to his community. He was an active volunteer at the Rotary Auction for many years, managing the audio room. Also, he was a volunteer at Bargain Boutique, giving more than 11,000 hours of service.
Tom enjoyed putting energy into the earth by tending to a garden pea patch and producing extraordinary heirloom tomatoes, some of which were sold at the farmers market. With his passion for growing food came a love of cooking and of cookbooks. He recently bragged that he had pared down his collection of cookbooks to fewer than 300. Also, Tom had great passion for playing tennis.
Besides giving to his community and to the earth, Tom also gave of himself to his family. He doted on his nieces. He taught them about good gin and how to silently uncork a champagne bottle. He shared food and wine and “Top Gear” with them. They treasure all the time he gave them. His generosity included giving his sister a kidney 40 years ago.
Besides being a dear son of Bette and a beloved brother of Norm, Katharine (Don), and Pat (Mark), Tom was cherished by his nieces Elizabeth, Emily, Elly, Katie, Becca and Madeleine and by his sister-in-law Susan. He was also a great-uncle to little Bette.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
Donations in his name can be made to Bargain Boutique and goods can be donated to same or to the Rotary Auction.
“Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”