Tom, Barbara’s husband, is a fire protection engineer with one son, Ben, who lives in Arlington, VA. As Jim’s step-father they forged a strong bond. Jim loved to cook on the grill and often schooled Tom on the fine art of this kind of cooking. They also shared a love of working with wood. Items that Jim made can be found around their home. Also active within The Compassionate Friends, Tom serves as treasurer of the Greater Baltimore chapter.

Together Barbara and Tom’s budding non-profit, James Place, intends to raise funds for scholarships for treatment – an area of great need. They live in Ellicott City, Maryland with a Shetland pony masquerading as a cat – Mestophiles.