Thomas Allan Stakem
May 5, 1967- October 31, 2021
Thomas Allan Stakem, 54, of North Beach, MD, passed away suddenly on October 31, 2021, at home.
Thomas was born May 5, 1967 in Washington, DC. He was the son of Joan Stakem and the late John Patrick Stakem, Sr., he grew up in Suitland, MD, and attended Suitland High School.
Tom was an avid skateboarder from an early age, and one of his current passions was playing his guitar and making music; he was also proud of his extensive album collection. He attended art school and created beautiful stained-glass windows for family and friends. Tom’s Irish heritage shone through in his gift of gab; he was quick to make a joke, and he helped bring friends and family together. In his spare time, Thomas loved to watch old westerns, play chess, and spend time at his best friend Rick’s house watching football and NASCAR.
Tom married the love of his life, Denise Minnick, on September 9th, 1995, and they moved to North Beach from Clinton in 1995. Thomas and Denise were high-school sweethearts and knew each other for almost 40 years.
Thomas worked as a courier for over 10 years in the Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland area before starting his career in the car wash industry. He worked in sales as well as a car wash technician for WashTech for 14 years. For the past 10 years, Thomas was self-employed as a consultant and a car wash technician in the car wash industry, primarily for Billy’s Car Wash in Bladensburg, MD, and Billy’s Auto Laundry in Fort Washington, MD.
He is survived by his wife, Denise, his mother, Joan, and siblings: John Patrick (Suzie), Christopher (Marianne), Mary (Steve), Kathy (Troy), Tim (Cari), and Stephen, and mother-in-law Marjorie, sisters-in-law Diane, Debra, and brothers-in-law Glenn, Mike, and Barry, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, John Patrick Stakem, Sr.
Monday, November 8, 2021