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John Thompson "Tom" WESTERLUND III Notice
WESTERLUND, III , John Thompson "Tom" It is with sorrow that we announce the death of John Thompson "Tom" Westerlund, III, a 2005 graduate of Westminster High School and native of Finksburg, MD. He was living in Calabasas, CA and was employed as Director of R&D and Lead Software Engineer at PowerHouse Creative when he died in a traffic accident on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. He would have been 26 next month. Born on July 23, 1987, Tommy grew up on the family farm in Finksburg, with his brother Jay and their four cousins, Emily, Alex, David and Brian Timchula. Tom and Jay also lived with their father and stepmother in Sparks. During his early teens he became a skilled motocross biker, winning many trophies. But his passion for computers and music led him to Los Angeles in 2006 and his first job at Currie Technology. From there Tom moved on to FaceCake Marketing, and also began studying database management at UCLA. At FaceCake, Tom was part of the team that developed the groundbreaking software program called SWIVAL, which creates a virtual environment that enables users to try on clothing and accessories a store has to offer while never leaving their homes. Everyone who worked with Tom described him as "brilliant." Later he went to work at Blackboard, Inc. before joining PowerHouse Creative. PowerHouse executive Benjamin Eskew said, "Hands down, the most talented programmer I've had the pleasure to work with... I've worked with hundreds of others at various companies and corporations; Tom blew then all out of the water." Tommy made friends easily, and kept them, both here and in California. The outpouring of grief from them on his Facebook page and to his family reflects a man who was respected and loved. Above all, Tom was a man who valued relationships, loyalty and family. One of the many friends he mentored was Justin Berrington, who says that "as soon as I graduated from college Tom told me, 'Send me your resume a.s.a.p.!' Five days later," Justin said, "I was working side-by-side with him." Tommy is survived by his mother, Marjorie White of Finksburg, his father Jody Westerlund of Sparks, his stepmother Rachel Westerlund of Sparks, and his stepfather Todd Laudeman of Finksburg; as well as his brothers, Jay, Hal and Phin Westerlund; his two sisters, Ary Laudeman and India L. McNamee, and his grandparents: Carol Westerlund of Monkton, Susan White-Bowden and Jack Bowden of Finksburg and his step-grandmother, Susan Laudeman of Sykesville, as well as numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
Services will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Monkton on Friday, June 28, at 3:30pm. Burial will be on the family farm in Finksburg. Memorial donations may be sent to: The "Antioch University Counseling Center" in Los Angeles, CA. www.antiochla.edu/aucc. Motorcycles Riders Foundation Awareness and Education, Inc., 126 Massachusetts Ave. NE #204, Washington, D.C. 20002. 202-546-0983
Published in Baltimore Sun on June 20, 2013
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