Tom King, Co-Founder

Our Co-Founder, Tom King, passed away on March 18th, 2005. He was my best friend and partner in the sacred work of the Center. We all miss him terribly. Let me take a moment to tell you of Tom’s accomplishments. For he would have never told you himself. Tom had a vision to bring healing to others. He dreamed of a time when we could all come to the circle and celebrate life and all of its blessings. All cultures – all faiths. He realized this vision through his commitment to The Red Bird Center. He worked patiently for years to bring the vision of the Center alive.

Tom didn’t feel he should be given the title of Co-Founder because his health challenges took him away from the project for long periods of time. I sat with this for a time and asked if would I have be able to do this without him, and the answer is no. He oversaw the maintenance of the Center, designed our first web site, and addressed all of our computer needs. He directly participated in the healing of many over the years. He was especially gifted with those suffering from trauma and loss. His gentle, loving spirit carried so much power in the lives of many. He loved planning and participating in the Children’s programs. Even today the children are brought to tears when they talk about Tom and his love for them. He preferred to work behind the scenes, not wanting recognition for what he did. This was the essence of Tom’s spirituality: Unconditional Love and Generosity. He often said, “All I want to do is help people”. Well Tom, you certainly did that. Your good medicine lives on the lives of many. We Honor you now.

Love, Shianne and everyone here at The Red Bird Center.