In Remembrance: Tom Sutphen

With much sorrow we must report the passing of our great friend Tom Sutphen on February 13th


With determination and optimism Tom persevered through debilitating health difficulties never losing his characteristic outgoing affable personality. He was widely known and respected in the fire-fighting industry. As president of Sutphen Corporation he leaves a legacy of fire apparatus innovations including a revolutionary aerial platform system. He was a mechanical genius. He loved sharing his eclectic collection of more than 50 cars comprising some of his own experimental designs along with many fine Full Classic and antique models. He and his wife Tamea enthusiastically participated in numerous CARavans and Grand Classics making many friends in the hobby.

Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew him in many connections. He was such fun to be with as he lived life to the fullest. He was one of whom it could truly be said that he never met a stranger.