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Thomas Stinson

Thomas O. Stinson Obituary

Thomas O. Stinson, age 63, of Copley, went Home to be with the Lord on April 8, 2014.

He was born on March 8, 1951 in Akron to the late Oral and Margie Stinson. Tom was a 1969 graduate of Copley High School and worked at Howden North America (formerly TLT Babcock) for 37 years. He was an avid hiker and loved to travel. Tom was a big fan of Ohio State football and never missed a Friday night football game at Copley High School. A faithful member of The Chapel, he especially enjoyed participating in the choir.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Ernestine Stinson. Tom was devoted to his family and is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Deborah; daughters, Sara (Jason) O'Daniel and Laura (John Sheppard) Stinson; grandson, Parker Thomas Stinson; brother, Edward (Sean Ulmer) Stinson; his loyal furry companion, Ben; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hummel Funeral Home, 3475 Copley Rd., Copley, Ohio 44321. Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 135 Fir Hill, Akron, Ohio 44304. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Chapel. Please visit to share memories or condolences.

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04/10/14 11:16 AM #1    

Gary Wells (Wells)

Tom Stinson was class. We served as ushers at The Chapel for some years before I moved to another church. I always came away better for having talked with him those Sunday mornings. He will be missed.

04/10/14 11:29 PM #2    

Janet Shady (Winemiller)

It has been a tradition for many class reunions for Colleen and I to "decorate" certain classmates homes around reunion time. Tom's (and Debbie's) house was always on our hit list. Tom always laughed at our shenanigans. He was genuinely a nice guy! I will miss him and that infectious smile. 

04/11/14 07:47 AM #3    

Mary Beth Sawdey (Funk)

I stood next to Tom in Select Choir our senior year, we had such good times, and boy, did he like to sing!!!!  I loved his smile!  The world will miss you, Tom!

04/11/14 10:41 AM #4    

Jimmy Goson

I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing.  During a visit to Akron a couple years ago, I happened to see him at the mall and we caught up.   Always a friendly greeting and a smile.  My deepest condolences to his family and may his memory be eternal.

04/18/14 09:23 AM #5    

Colleen Thomas (Cunnane)

Tom was not only a great friend since 7th grade but also a 'savior' (will explain) and great neighbor. As all have said - his smile will be sorely missed.  My 2 favorite memories of Tom are:  Tooling down the road in the passenger seat of my Mom's VW Bug and blaring out "Loud Engine Noises" from his trombone.  He and Murray used to do that a lot all over Copley & Fairlawn.  But my 'fave' is when he was the "Auctioneer" at our 'Senior Slave Auction'... Murray & Kipp drug my sorry ass up on stage to be "sold" and then proceeded to go around the gym whispering to the guys not to bid on me!  No matter what Tom did to try to get a bid - it was useless - and I was crushed!  So TOM "bought" me to be his slave-for-a-day & just to show Murray & Kipp what they missed out on, I played it to the hilt - with French maid outfit on, carried his books to every class & feather-dusted his seat off before each class...  I'm sure the angels dusted his seat off for him in heaven.  Love & miss you Tom!   Colleen

06/04/14 03:24 PM #6    

Yvonne Becker

I enjoyed singing Beatles songs with Tom at our 40th Class reunion.  Was shocked to hear of his promotion to heaven.  I know that I'll be seeing Tom again because of our shared hope in the life, death, and resurrection of our sinless Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Will miss you, Tom...Yvonne Becker

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