Thomas C. Haviland (1946 - 2018)

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Thomas Carle Haviland on Dec 25, 2018, out to deliver presents to the Sunrise Sr. Ctr. with his faithful Therapy Dog "Sherman", died suddenly outside his Lynnwood, Washington home. Sherman ran for help and 911 was called but it was over. Thomas was born September 14, 1946, in Norfolk, Virginia, the older brother of Natalie Haviland Dyer who survives him. Of his life Tom says this: "I was born into a bright family, and received an education based on practical knowledge, experience, and influenced by parents who shared their brilliance. I had two older half–brothers (Bill and John Alderman), who took me under their wings, and filled in where natural parents could not. In 1963 our mother died, and my brother, Bill arranged for a sixth cousin of my mother to step in and finish rearing my sister and me. Natalie was 12 and I was 17. Bud and Helen Robinson welcomed us into their family in Seattle where we were supplied with three new brothers and a wonderful and mature social exposure by a family that cared about our success. I was blessed by two years at Everett Jr. College 94-97, where I learned, life was grand, and where my new family structure helped me blossom with energy. Several events in my life have been miraculous; I married, (and how), and helped rear three step-children, until divorced 1977. I admitted my alcoholism December 20, 1979, opened an industrial and restorative silver-smithing plant in 1980, retiring in '94. I shared my self-taught skills for many years afterward with a specialty supplier in Seattle. I suffered kidney failure in 2010, due to miss-medication for bi-polar disease/condition. I have succeeded on a managed diet since, and enjoyed a great and glorious life, without dialysis. I incorporated my dog "Sherman" B. Wigglebottom into our present schedule of events; volunteering as therapy dog team and sharing his honor at various venues, and as greeter-tour guide on a shuttle bus three days each week, with me as HIS co-driver! Life cannot get better than this-I am in heaven now! I cannot conceive how I can repay society for my great life, though certainly wish I could!" Tom donated over 200 unites of white blood cells, possibly helping to save the lives of many children, recovered from bankruptcy and learned to maintain a moderate monthly charity budget for those in need, via energy utilities, community gifting and paid his share of the property taxes (with gratitude for the part time job that made that possible) and even pre-paid all his medical bills. He enjoyed a comfortable home, a great 18 year old car, a wonderful dog (still a member of Therapy Dogs International), and his sanity as taught to him through the grace of others, his "12-step" and Church family. We all will miss him.

Published in The Herald (Everett) from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2019
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