Tom Stroud
Tom Stroud, HPBA’s long-time Senior Manager – Codes & Standards, passed away last week at his home in West Seattle, Washington. Tom served the industry from 2005 to 2019. Prior to joining HPBA, he had a business for 25 years building masonry heaters and worked for Moberg Fireplaces, a high-end custom designer, for seven years.

Tom devoted himself to representing the fireplace and barbecue industries at meetings of standards development and code organizations. He tirelessly advocated for the industry on language that could reshape our products, or dictate how and where they could be installed and used. Tom at one point was a member of over sixty groups. His talent lay not only in understanding the issues at hand, but also in recognizing that successful advocacy involved building relationships with other group members.

Tom had a warm heart and a love for life. He had an innate curiosity and an instinctive appreciation for all that was around him, which made him a positive force on the people in his life – his colleagues and friends, and especially his family. He was devoted to his wife, Francine, his four daughters, and their families. He will be sorely missed.

Cards and e-mail messages to his family can be sent to HPBA*, and they will be forwarded. The family has asked that donations in Tom’s memory be sent to the ALS Association, Evergreen Chapter, by clicking below.