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Celebrating the life of

Thomas Stone

March 07, 1932 - June 10, 2024

Thomas Stone

On June 10, 2024, Thomas Edwin Stone, aged 92, passed away peacefully in Naples, FL.

Tom was born March 7, 1932 at the family home in Adamstown, MD during a blizzard. He was eldest child of the late Rev. W. Owings Stone and Margaret Simpson Stone. He spent the first 12 years of his life in Maryland before his family moved when his father was named Rector of St. Johns Church in Barrington, RI. College brought Tom back to Maryland at Johns Hopkins University where he was captain of the track team and graduated with a B.S. in business in 1954. Upon graduation, he was employed by IBM as a salesman in the EDPM (“computer”) division where he met his first wife, Elaine Nelson, who he married in 1956. They had two daughters together. In 1955, he was drafted into the Navy and served at Great Lakes (IL) Naval Station until 1957. This was followed by several more years at IBM before joining RCA in 1959 in Philadelphia. In 1962, he moved to the Washington, DC area where he was a Vice President of Control Data and later President of Clasco, Inc. In 1972, Tom founded Tesdata Systems Corporation, a dominant firm in the field of computer monitoring, which was taken public in 1977. After Tesdata was sold to Infinet in the late 1980s, Tom moved to Sarasota, FL with his second wife, Sandy. In Sarasota, Tom was a realtor for Michael Saunders & Company primarily selling waterfront properties on Casey Key. After Sandy’s death in 2011, Tom moved to Naples, FL to the Moorings Park Community. At Moorings Park, he met his love and companion for the past 10 years, Norma Hasen. They enjoyed a wonderful decade of travels and experiences together.

Tom had many hobbies and interests over the years including art, antiques, thoroughbred horses and the stock market. He loved a good bookstore. Given his history and experience in the early computer industry, he was a close follower of technology trends. Even into his 90s, he had mastered Lyft and Instacart.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Sandy, Tom was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Wende Stone Bell. He is survived by his daughter, Hilary Stone Carroll (Chris); four grandchildren: James Gatewood Bell, Jr. (Lauren), Tyler Bell Jones (Bret), Shelby Bell Gressett (Drew), and Anderson Taylor Carroll; ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Don Stone (Carole), Greg Stone (Brenda) and a sister, Betty Root.

 A graveside service will be held at 2:00, Monday, June 17th in Greenwich Cemetery in Savannah, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Alliance at curemelanoma.org.

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I am Tom’s first cousin. Owing’s Stone who was my father’s brother. I never knew or met my father. His name was Jesse Edwin Stone. I have no idea where he is buried, but I wish it was in Emmittsburg. I went to UVA Law School. Have two sons & five grandchildren. We have all done well. Been married 59 years. Strangely, I guess, I miss my father. I could have helped him. I met Tom Stone, several times. He was a great guy & we hit it off. Just too early. ‘

- Edwin Harrison stone, Vero beach,fl 32967, Fl

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200

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