News reports indicate that Tom Stewart, head of Food Services of America and former Vashon resident, was killed today in a helicopter crash near Scottsdale. I knew Tom, he was a good man and friend. He sponsored the annual GOP picnic at his Vashon ranch for several years, at his expense. It was always a great event, and one year, the year John Carlson and I co-MCed it, it drew 13,000 people. Tom financed the event every year. He moved to Arizona after the Legislature reinstituted the state inheritence tax and, he was also tired of being used by local politicians who always asked him for money but never seemed to be around when he could use their help. It’s men like Tom that built America, the vital few whose success fuels the rest of the economy. He will be sorely missed. May God bless and comfort his friends and family.