Tom Shutt's Memorial and Memory
I don't know the why or the how behind his passing. It was unexpected and has devastated his family and friends.
I'd like for the indie community to help rally behind his family to support the costs that will ensue with his passing.
Please comment with your memories of Tom. I had the pleasure of "meeting" Tom online in 2014. He helped me edit my first book. Our relationship grew into a friendship and I was able to help him when he got ready to join the author world with a book of his own. We started co-authoring a series and 2017 was going to be Tom's year! He had such big plans. I will miss him and his humor. He was such a joker.
Tom left us too young and no family should have to burry their child. Please lend your support for this tragic loss of life.
As you know Tom's passing was very sudden and unexpected. It appears he had a bicuspid valve and his heart simply failed while he was at his computing doing what he loved.
He was only 25 and every donation helps his family as they deal with his passing and the devastating emotions and financial burden that come with that.
Thank you all sooo much!
Thank you Danielle for doing this. As Thomas' Aunt Sarah, I have known this remarkable young man from the day he was born. Our whole family is just reeling in shock and sorrow over his passing; but know this gesture means alot to all of us. Thank you again
Thomas (aka Tom) is very much alive. There are no words to describe our loss, and not ENOUGH words to describe this man. One observation would be that he valued time more than anyone I have ever met, filling his days and nights with pursuit of his creative passions. Despite his self-discipline, drive and focus, he would put aside his interests in a moment to lend a hand, a hug, deep insight, or virtually anything anyone else needed. This is the ultimate time-management wisdom, to give of yourself to others. Even the pursuit of his passion is a gift to others. His stories live on as we read them and share them. His love of others, kindness, wit and wisdom live on as we remember and share those moments. He is very much alive. I thank each and every one of you here for your kind words, shared memories, and gifts of yourselves.
I never met Tom, but I have met his mother. However, when I met his mom, Wanda, and her husband, Rich, at the movies to see one of the last Harry Potter films. Wanda handed me a tiny little Hello Kitty figure and told me that Tom found it for me at the Red Robin where he worked. Never forgot that and it was a shame I never had the chance to ever meet him.
Tom gave me a review copy of Murder Sidhe Wrote for an editorial review. I was so honored. I still am. I had already started before I heard the news the next day. It's a wonderful story so far (no surprise there). I haven't gone back to it because every time I try, I remember our conversations, and how much he made me laugh. We weren't close, but he still had an impact on me. I would like to finish the story and write an editorial review for it still. Would it be okay for me to send it to you, Danielle, over Facebook?
I want everyone to know that Thomas' family still feels profound sorrow at his passing. He departed before his body ceased to function, of this I am certain. No pain, no discomfort ... his huge heart literally stopped, and he was doing what he loved at that moment. He was writing, at home, and he had such a spectacular trajectory. With collaborations with Danielle, with Kylie, with so many, we are uncovering more of his genius. His sister Emily and brother John have taken steps to establish a foundation which will serve grants and scholarships for those who wish to pursue their own dreams of writing. We will be sharing information on this foundation as it launches, but for now any further tributes that anyone wishes to share to encourage Thomas' legacy, can be made to the memorial fund which will then feed into the foundation once established. THANK YOU to all who have poured out messages to our family (blood and chosen), and PLEASE visit TomShutt.com and find his work there, and read who he was. This is a man you are going to want to know. God bless you all. https://donate.noisebridge.net/projects/thomas-j-shutt-memorial-foundation
Thomas, it's now been 1 year 2 months and 4 days. I miss you so much and can't stand that you're not with us physically. Every day here brings me closer back to you. Love you forever and with all my heart. ♥ Mom