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1946 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Thomas Mapes Colwell Obituary
Thomas Mapes Colwell

Age 67, died March 16, 2014. Born September 4, 1946 in Massachusets, the son of Rev. David and Catherine Colwell. As a child he lived in Denver, loving hiking, skiing and riding horses. At Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia he was valedictorian, ran track and cross-country, and sang with a folk music group. He graduated Yale University 1968, member of the Whiffenpoofs. Moving to Seattle, he married Gail Crook in 1969. She died in 1972.

In his early years he worked as a studio photographer, alternative high school teacher, vocal coach, carpenter, auto mechanic and the Music Man on the Wunda Wunda kids TV show. With his beautiful voice and guitar he was a popular entertainer in Seattle area clubs and lounges for 12 years.

Tom and Becky were married in 1977 and together delighted in raising their three children. He was an active supporter of youth sports, serving as coach, referee, umpire, and announcer for soccer, baseball and basketball. He enjoyed stunt kite flying, camping, was an avid astronomer, a member of Seattle Astronomical Society, and planetarium lecturer.

Tom worked as an Executive Coach in the fields of health care and academics, and also as a trial consultant. He was a member of the UW Consulting Alliance, and the Board of Planned Parenthood.

For 46 years, Plymouth Church and its community was the spiritual home for Tom and his family. The worship, retreats and camps were a vital part of his life, and he brought rich gifts of music to them.

He is survived by his wife Rebecca, son Josh and his wife Andrea, son Nate, and daughter Anna. Also by his mother, Catherine, sisters Susan, Mary, Sarah, and brother John. His older brother, David, followed him closely in death on April 1st.

Memorial service, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 6th and University, Saturday May 10th at 2pm.
Published in The Seattle Times from May 5 to May 6, 2014
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