Obituary of Thomas Ross Stobo
It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas Stobo announce his passing on March 8th, 2023 at his home following a long and valiant battle with cancer. Tom was 72 years old at the time of his passing.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Mary Stobo. Born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Tom was the middle child of three. He has a surviving older brother, Robert and younger sister Christina, both of whom reside in Florida with their respective spouses.
As a child, the family moved from their home in Philadelphia to New Jersey where Tom graduated high school to enroll and complete his formal education from York College. After college, Tom pursued a career in the medical field attending a surgical technology program in New Orleans Louisiana. Upon completion of the certificate program, Tom moved to the northern Virginia area securing employment at Fairfax Hospital. It was there In the Operating Room, that Tom met and later married a colleague. As both would tease, their marriage was a very strong surgical tie! Tom would later leave the medical profession to own and operate a general contracting firm as a sole proprietor.
Tom’s favorite holiday was Halloween. His height was always his best prop so whether he was Darth Vader, the Mad Hatter, an alien, or Freddy Kreuger, he towered above the crowds and bore the costumes with panache and an unparalled joie de vivre. He had a droll sense of humor, biting wit and always delivered his tongue-in-cheek zingers with a twinkle in his eye. Tom was talented, versatile, creative, witty, full of life, and relished colorful antics.
Tom was a student of the world. He had a natural curiosity about people and places that was almost unquenchable. He enjoyed “interviewing” everyone he met which at first glance, appeared to be nosy but in reality was his search of knowledge. He greatly enjoyed reading the Washington Post from cover to cover daily and developed an expansive knowledge of the world in which he lived.
He was a good neighbor, great friend, loving husband, father and grandfather. Although cancer ravaged his body, it never broke his spirit. He is and always will be missed…
Tom is survived and will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years, Megan Stobo; his four children, Jeff, Erin, Kim, and Bette; and 7 grandchildren, Aaron, Alanna, Alexi, Greenley, Raegan, Murphy, and Bryce.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Tom touched are invited to attend a celebration of life and reception at 11am on Saturday, March 18th at Walker Chapel in Arlington, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tom’s honor.