Posted by Karin Brunner on August 5, 2012
I just found out at the AWA reunion of Tom's untimely death. I worked with Tom in Reservations and in Res Admin. He was so kind and caring, and he always had a great funny story.
Until we meet in Peace
Posted by Darcy Graybill-Tillman on June 21, 2012
I first met Tom in the 8th grade. I was the "new girl" and Tom was one of the 1st people to welcome me.He was always super kind, sweet and an all around awesome guy. Thanks to Facebook we reconnected. I loved Tom...I will miss him more than words can say. I hope they have Zumba in Heaven! Your in peace now my friend. I know you will be watching over all of us. You are in my memory forever
Posted by Danette Shoop on June 19, 2012
Tom, we did not really know each other in high school but we got to know each other on facebook on the nights where I could not sleep you were still up. You are a gentle soul and it has been a privilege to get to know you. You will be greatly missed. See you again when I get up there.
Posted by Joanie Fox on June 19, 2012
Dearest Tom, I will forever miss your gentle spirit and loving nature. You truly cared about each and every person you came into contact with. I'm so happy we got to reconnect over facebook. I enjoyed hearing about your children, football, bird watching and your passion to help others. You will be forever missed and never forgotten.
Posted by Jill Niedziela on June 18, 2012
Tom, we didn't know each other that well in high school but had such a great time hanging out with you the last time we were all together. I'm SO thankful for that night and all the wonderful pictures that we took. I'm so sad to not have you to talk shit to about your Hawks and tell you weekly during the season how much better my NINERS are! I will miss you dearly Tom :)
Posted by Bonnie Wilkins on June 18, 2012
What an honor to be able to contribute a kind word about a kind beautiful man. Tom, I just loved you so much. I would come home from work every day and tell my husband how much you are loved by all of us and especially how much we respected you. It was a privilege and an honor being your friend. Someday I will see you, again.
Posted by Bobbi Balaschak on June 13, 2012
I am so saddened to hear the news of Tom's passing. I too, worked with Tom at America West. Those were great times in the Marketing department. We were more than co-workers, we were a family. Those memories are deeply treasured. You're a good man, Tom! You will be truly missed!
Posted by Jennifer Finnin on June 12, 2012 always knew how to make me laugh....I miss you so much and will always be remembered in my heart.
Posted by Doug Rooks on June 11, 2012
The memories of tom go back when we played soccer together. he was always the most energetic and team oriented person.tom was just a people person Even when we went to high school it didnt matter what group you were in he always acknowledged you. the world will have a huge gap without his cheerful and gracious personality. rest in peace my friend ill see ya on the other side
Posted by Christy Tseu on June 11, 2012
I attended high school with Tom but finally got to get to know him a little over a year ago. Every moment we spent together was full of laughter and good times. I'll never forget the time the cologne fell out of your leather jacket and broke. We tried to act like nothing happened but everyone heard it. Party FOUL! I'm gonna miss you Tom. Until we meed again, watch over all of us. We need U
Posted by Jeannine Adkins-Fleeman on June 11, 2012
Tommy, I will never forget the days growing up with you at the Mt, Vista pool and the endless games of H.O.R.S.E. on the basketball court.On one of our many visits together you leaned over and kissed me in front of my Dad.You claimed it was one of the bravest things you ever did! I would have to agree. Be at peace, Brave One!
Posted by Kevin Lough on June 10, 2012
I am going to miss you, Tom. I really enjoyed reconnecting with you, and our middle of the night chats since neither of us could sleep. My heart broke when I got the news, and the tears keep coming. But you will be remembered warmly with love, with a smile and a laugh.
Posted by Renee Weiss-Dillion on June 10, 2012
Dear Tom.. Thanks for always cheering me up.. Going to miss our conversations and your play by play status on sports... Tj and I are going to rock out just for you.!!! Love you
Posted by Kevin Poorman on June 9, 2012
I will always remember my fun-loving little cousin hunting Easter eggs in the big front lawn of our Grandma and Grandpa Shafer's farm house; under the graceful watch of that big catalpa tree. Time moves on; memories don't. Goodbye my friend.
Posted by Laurie Kunzie on June 9, 2012
Tom, you were such a joy to be around at the Seahawk games. You had that famous Shafer wit and always made me laugh. But you also had such a sweet side and that is what I'll remember most. Will miss you bunches, sweetie.
Posted by Garth Woodbury on June 9, 2012
To Tom and his wonderful family and friends who are here to remember this special man. Words cannot adequately express the feelings of loss and sadness that we share in losing you. Tom had an amazing ability to make you feel like you had known him all your life. His sharp wit and thoughtful expressions were just a part of his nature. Que Dios te acompane a mi amigo.
Posted by Zach Shafer on June 9, 2012
He was my Dad, we played catch, he made me watch football and kiss concerts<3 he used to throw me up in the air, he used to watch me swim, he played with me all day long..And so much more.. He was an amazing daddy...his love for his kids reached the heavens, I love him forever and always and is to be never ever you dad<3
Posted by Michelle Grena on June 9, 2012
Oh Tom, it was so much fun meeting you and having you join our group for some Seahawks games. Your laughter and cheering will be missed. Ii regret you are the only Shafer I did not get a picture of at the games...and I looked through all my Seahawk pics. :(
Posted by Linda Wilt on June 9, 2012
Tom was my first supervisor at AWA. He was so young, only 20 at the time. He was great to work for. He educated, motivated and became our friend. I worked for and with Tom in lots of capacities. His unfailing happy spirit was a joy to be around and made FlightFund the best department at AWA.
Posted by Robby- Sandra Christensen on June 9, 2012
I (Sandy Brown) went to school with Tom and had the pleasure to reconnect with him, thanks to Facebook, and although we only communicated in this manner we were able to catch up. Tom was a very special guy with a good sense of humor and such a warm heart. He will be missed!
Posted by Kim Barrett on June 8, 2012
Tom you were loved and will be missed dearly. You are what made us all a big family in the AWA days. So many great times, so many wonderful memories. I loved being able to connect with you after so many years via FB across the miles. You touched so many of us. I will post a few pictures of those who will always remember you and the memories we shared and now will cherish.
Posted by Carla Manske on June 8, 2012
Tom, you, your character, your being; touched so many people in your life; in such a positive caring way. You were such a kind soul. You were and are by far the most thoughtful man I have ever met. You always thought of others often before thinking of yourself. You always had a smile, a joke or a funny idea to share with others. Such a wise caring person you were. I miss you!
Posted by joann poorman on June 8, 2012
candle lit by AUNT JODY on June 8 2012.

you loved life,family big as well as little times.having you on facebook created a loving bond that is unbreakable.miss you each morning when checking in with your day.LOVE YOU FOREVER.
Posted by Linda Fry on June 8, 2012
Tom, you are loved by so many and have blessed the lives of all of us. I will miss you my friend and will think of you often and you will bring a smile to my face. Thank you for being a part of my life. Rest in peace friend.
Posted by Mychelle Blythe on June 8, 2012
Tom was an amazing and loving person. I loved when we were able to message each other on Facebook so we could keep in touch. He was a great cousin and I will miss him greatly!!
Posted by Julie McLea on June 8, 2012
Tom, I am saddened beyond all measure! Just when we found you again you are gone. I will miss your laugh, your passion for your Seahawks and our Sunday chats about football! You were such a pleasure to work with at AWA. Kick one through the goal posts in the sky, and wait for the day we see you again! Rest peaceful my good friend!
Posted by Blair Tucker on June 8, 2012
So sorry to hear about Tom. I worked with him in Flightfund at America West and will always remember his hearty, sweet laughter. So sad.....
Posted by Sondra Smith on June 7, 2012
Please share any memories you have of Tom no matter how big or small. Tom was a very warm hearted spirit with a tremendous sense of humor. I know he touched many everyday.

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