Thomas John “Tom” Stevenson


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Thomas John Stevenson

Thomas John “Tom” Stevenson, 60, passed away April 6, 2023 in his hometown of Bellevue, Washington.  Born on June 5, 1962 in Seattle, WA to his late parents, Bette H. & John H. Stevenson, Tom spent his entire life in the Seattle/Bellevue area.

Tom attended Interlake High School, graduating in the class of 1980. He also attended Central Washington University where he was a member of a college band.

Tom was an accomplished chef, gardener, painter, musician, and master of sarcasm.  He taught many friends how to and about playing guitar and could play almost any tune on demand. His guitars were amongst his most prized possessions. He gained a culinary arts certificate from South Seattle College and went on to work in restaurants around the area including Metropolitan Grill, Ponti Seafood Grill, Ivar’s Captains Table, and others. Tom loved entertaining, making big family meals or catering events for his mother’s tennis and golf ladies.

An accomplished artist, his paintings can be found around the homes of family and friends. One of his favorite subjects to paint was pets. He had a fondness for dogs, particularly Boxers. Maude was a great love of his life. Tom was also an avid antique collector and thrifter, with a vast knowledge of antiques and their value.

image of Thomas John “Tom” Stevenson, and his dogHis love of gardening led him to his own landscaping business, beautifying gardens and yards all over the Seattle metro area. He enjoyed traveling to be with and celebrate family and made trips to Hood Canal, Tucson, Santa Barbara, Park City, Utah, Catalina Island, Costa Rica and San Francisco. He tried to give back to organizations that helped him, volunteering time to feed those in need. Tom will be remembered as a really nice gentle guy, who was smart, interesting, sensitive, funny, a great guitar player and a pleasure to be around.

Tom is survived by brothers Andrew Stevenson of Kirkland, WA and David Stevenson of Lake Forest, CA and their children (Chelsea, Nicole, Henry, Hailen & Harper), a large extended family and life long friends. Tom’s family would like to thank his many friends who supported and loved him.

Remembrances and or donations in Tom’s name can be made to Lifelong, an organization that “stands up for communities facing barriers to living a healthy life,” (, or Gay City (, Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center.

10 Responses to “Thomas John “Tom” Stevenson”

  • Linda & Butch Goss says:

    We will miss Tom’s dry sense of humor as well as his terrific culinary skills. Our condolences to his family & friends.

  • Scott & Kristie Vanpatten says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stevenson family . We love you all very much .

  • Michelle DeWitt says:

    A wonderful tribute to Tom. My heart is with both Andrew & Dave and their families I love you both. I always felt a connection with him and especially his love of cooking, and his love of my German Chocolate Cake. 🙂
    May you rest in peace Tom!

  • Charles and Maria Hynes-Louw says:

    Shocked to read this tonight. Tom was my second cousin on my Dad’s side (Hynes) We had the privilege of visiting family in Seattle in 2014, staying with Tom’s Mum, Bette, and having lots of fun and laughs with them. Also remember Maude well. We trust Tom is with the Lord, where there are no more tears.

  • Sue smith.cousin says:

    Had so many loving memories of tom.a loving,kind soul.he is joining the many Hynes clan in heaven love and God speed to my dear and many kisses from me💒⚘️🌷❣️💋🦩

  • The Gradwohls says:

    Our heart goes out to Tom’s family and friends. He loved every one of you and we know you loved him too. Cherish the special times you had with him. He experienced so much in his life as so beautifully expressed above. Find comfort knowing he is at peace.

  • Angela Moore says:

    Tommy, you are so loved! You touched my life in such a special way I can not explain. I loved your laugh and you were so kind and funny. You had an infectious spirit! I will truly miss you and be forever grateful you came my way.

  • Karen Hamilton says:

    What a great tribute to Tom… he was a man of many many talents, that’s for sure. What a joy it was to have an entire meal prepared by Tom, and to see his amazing gardening skills, and see his art work. My condolences to all family and friends.

  • Hans P. says:

    I had lost touch with Tom over the years, I was trying to get in touch with him again. I’m very sorry to hear of his passing, he was a friend for years. I knew him as funny, gregarious, outgoing and smart, I’m going to miss him very much.

  • Kris Wilmart says:

    Thinking about you Tommy … most especially as the sun comes out, the weather gets warmer and I can see some of your landscape creations coming back to life. Oh if only that were possible for us humans. I’m missing you more than ever. Maybe it’s really sinking in that you are gone forever. We started going out to dinner on Friday nights again; and while it is definitely not the same without you, your name comes up often and we quote some of your more memorable lines. You made your mark on this earth and in my heart my friend.

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