Tom Roush Memorial Funds

For: The family of Tom Roush
Seattle, WA
Organizer: Yanni Robel
Tom Roush Memorial Funds (The family of Tom Roush)
of $15,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 88 donors

The Story

This page was created to celebrate and rejoice in the incredible life of Tom Roush.     

Along with being a fantastic technologist, Tom was a great writer whose wisdom touched the lives of many people within the SQL Server community.  Tom was indeed a great friend, and our community suffered a significant loss with his passing.    You are encouraged to take a look at Tom's stories over the years in his memoirs recently published here.

On Monday, January 29, 2018, at 12:12 pm Pacific, Tom took his last breath and went to be with the Lord. His wife and children were by his side.  Tom's undeniable talents and accomplishments will always be cherished,  but what we will miss most is his incredible spirit, kindness, and keen ability to make everyone he came in contact with feel comfortable.   

With the support of his family and medical staff, Tom fought the good fight for almost 14 years.  He handled that battle with so much grace that one might not even know it was happening.  Through thick and thin, Tom was always there for those who needed some wisdom, wit or a measured dose of both.     

This loss is a shock to many of us within the community.   While the overwhelming outreach of kind words and support has been a source of comfort and healing to the family, this page has been established to create memorial funds for funeral costs and to provide financial assistance to the family during this difficult time of grief.   

We are grateful for your contributions and continued prayers.    

God Bless.    

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 6, 2018

Posted on March 6, 2018

Message from Cindy and Family:

I don't have words to thank you all properly for the kindness and love you have shown me and my kids. While I rejoice that Tom is in heaven, my human heart is broken and these few weeks have been the hardest I have ever endured. You have given so freely of your time and shared stories and sent notes and given money and I want you to know that each and every mention of Tom, every action, every prayer, every memory, has been an amazing blessing to us.  

Thank you, SQLFamily and other friends for letting me know that Tom lives on in each of you. His legacy of faith, family and friendship -- with humor and grace and a big smile -- endures and I am so very humbled by your responses in our time of grief. Those of you who blogged about him, oh my goodness! 

What absolute treasures you've given my family. God bless you. I hope to hug many of you on the 3rd. Thank you for loving my guy and understanding that he was a light, a true gentleman who always wanted what was best for everyone and was willing to help anyone, anytime. I found some notes of his the other day from a SQLSaturday presentation he was working on and this quote he wrote really stuck with me: "Every problem you face will likely be a problem someone else has faced before. Know that there are people who will want to help you IF you are brave enough to ask." 

Bless Yanni Robel for being brave and asking you to reach out and help us. You are such a blessing in our lives and we thank God for you and John.  We want you all to know that your gifts gave us a cushion. SQLFamily, you helped us not panic in those first days of "What now." 

You bought us groceries and prescriptions and paid for Tom's cremation. You put gas in my car and bought the nice suit Tom wanted Michael to have. You downloaded his book. You shared Tom stories. You cried with us and laughed with us and reminded us that Tom is in heaven, healthy, whole and totally pain free.  You kept us afloat -- and continue to do so -- as we work through a mountain of paperwork. 

We will never forget your kindness -- or your love of our @qeeql. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 


Cindy, Alyssa, Kevin and Michael  

Posted on January 31, 2018

Posted on January 31, 2018

We are so overwhelmed with the love and support from everyone on their way to honor Tom and bless Cindy and the kids.    We reached the first goal we set in less than 24 hours, and we plan on delivering the first settlement to Cindy this week that can be used for immediate expenses today.

We have increased the goal and will leave the page open for many that still want to honor Tom.    Thank you for the incredible notes along with your generosity, and we know it meant a lot to Cindy and family to see how many lives that Tom touched.

Below is the message from Cindy:


I am only here for a moment and then I need to catch my breath again. You have astounded me and Alyssa and Kevin and Michael with your love and support. We are overwhelmed by your generosity and more than that, we will treasure the stories you are sharing for the rest of our lives. Thank you. God bless you. Thank you for loving Tom too.


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