R.I.P. T.Low you will be missed


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R.I.P. T.Low you will be missed

Post by Snowgeek » Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:34 pm

If you have been on this site once or hundreds of times there is no question you you have seen the impact that T.Low has made in our little Astro community. He was the reason that I own an Astro, that I have a pop top, and that I converted to 4x4.
A bunch of years ago now Tom was diagnosed with ALS and it was clear to all the difficult path that was laid out ahead of him. Tom continued finding ways to have adventures in his van and there was even a video of him in his off road wheel chair.

The desire to know how he was doing lead me to do some research this morning and I found the following.
It is with great sorrow that I give this update. Our dear friend Tom Lowell gave up his fight with ALS on Wednesday, October 17 2018. He fought hard to stay here amongst his family and friends. He told me that spending time with us all was what sustained his life. When this page was first made Tom was so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and loving comments from everyone. He had commented how it felt comforting like a warm blanket.
The last 4 years have been very tough on the Lowell family. We can't see what the future looks like for Jen and the girls, but we know it won't be easy. I would like to take that blanket and wrap Jen and the girls up and let them know how much we care. Perhaps lessen their financial burden so they can concentrate on healing after this terrible time. If you can, please donate or send a comment to the Lowells and let them know that people care and are here for them. If you would rather, there is also an account set up at WECU. You can email for account info at lowellmemorialfund@hotmail.com.
Help spread the word!
Tom leaves behind a wife and two young daughters and a go fund me page has been set up for them. You can also find pictures and more of his story at the link below.
https://www.gofundme.com/jpi7wc?fb_acti ... m_i3%22%5D#

I never had the pleasure of meeting Tom but always felt that he was the great friend I never met!

This is one of the pictures that drew me down the rabbit hole of Astro vans back in 2009
R.I.P. Tom you are sincerely missed
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Post by nonhog » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:26 am

I have read and watched posts and videos from him.
Sad to hear of his passing. RIP.
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Post by mdmead » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:34 am

I met Tom twice. The first time was before his diagnosis when he showed up at my door on a Sunday morning. He was in town visiting friends and decided to look me up before he left. I was happy he did! The second time was on a four wheeling trip where I was able to watch his van in action. He was in the very early stages of ALS then. Tom was an awesome guy from what I knew. I wasn't aware of the GoFundMe; I'll be sure to make a donation.
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Post by dunedog » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:29 pm

Sorry to read this.....happy to have been able to know Tom and help him with a few cosmetic pieces he needed years ago.
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Post by Smiliesafari » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:06 pm

When I was in Washington visiting friends Tom invited me to come spend some time with him. It was a great visit. Jen was pregnant with Olivia. Tom had just been diagnosed with ALS. What a great memory. So sad to hear of his passing.
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Post by Kidhauler » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:07 am

I have not been on the site much the last few years. Just busy with life in general. I met Tom a few times at some meetups we had here in Vancouver. Truly a top notch guy if there ever was one. I'm very sorry to hear of his passing he will be greatly missed.

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Post by doyoulikeithere » Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:37 am

Such Sad News.
We knew it was coming for years now, and now I have lost a few other friends to the same.
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Post by Bret Schmerker » Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:35 am

:-({|= I originally went with the GMC M11006 to replace a Ford E-250, on my own. E-250 was beyond my ability to support - too heavy, too gas-guzzling. Hadn't known about T.Low or his medical condition at the time, and I ran into this Thread:

END OF WATCH - 17 October 2018

18 October 2019 while perusing for other Off Topics....
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