Obituary: Thomas Joseph McMasters-Stone

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Battalion Chief Thomas Joseph McMasters-Stone, age 67 — loving husband and partner, devoted father, loyal friend, and dedicated public servant — passed away at his home in Carnation, Wash. on May 28, 2022.

Tom was born April 16, 1955 to Thomas and Karolyn Stone of Oswego, N.Y. Growing up, Tom was active in soccer and scouting, and he graduated from La Sierra High School in Carmichael, Calif. in 1973. Shortly after, he began what would become a 30-year career with the Fairfield (Calif.) Fire Department where he served in different command, support, and investigative positions. The effort he spent training and mentoring junior firefighters is still discussed at fire stations and BBQs throughout Solano County.

Tom’s second love was politics. While working full time, he graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Throughout the 1990s he was known for his heated debates in the editorial page of the local newspaper. In 1998, he was elected to the Winters City Council and would later serve a two-year term as the town’s mayor. He was decades ahead of his time on many major political issues, and his various automobiles — one of which was stolen and burned in a field — were known for their left-leaning bumper stickers and license plates, to include “LIBERAL.” He was voted Winters Citizen of the Year in 2008.

He regularly gave Christmas presents to neighbor children. He once kicked a 53-yard field goal in the Solano County Pig Bowl. As a Little League coach he preferred “good kids” to good players, leading to famously-nurturing team environments but little success on the field. He was an ardent supporter of Winters businesses and could regularly be seen at The Buckhorn, Pizza Factory, and Steady Eddy’s. He was proud of his legs — and they were spectacular.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and the dozens of family dogs and rescue birds he loved deeply. He is survived by his wife Carol; his partner Pat; his brother Bill; his sisters Ellen and Marty; his children Tommy, Matt, Meghan and Erin; his grandchildren Noah, Maggie, Atticus and Harper; and above all — the numerous people whose lives he saved as a firefighter.

A memorial service will be held between noon and 3 p.m. on June 18, 2022 at the 128 Hall and Kitchen, located at 1123 Grant Ave, Winters, CA 95694. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Donations can be made in Tom’s name to the Skyland Ranch Addiction Treatment Center, 43100 Reiter Rd, Gold Bar, WA 98251.

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