Tom Abel passed away over the weekend. Tom had a long relationship with the swimming community and Counsilman – Hunsaker. In 1997, he and his father, Ed were a part of a committee that was looking to help Columbia Falls, Montana build a new aquatic center. Not long after the completion of this study, Tom joined the Counsilman – Hunsaker engineering team in St. Louis. Tom’s experience in pool building blended with his engineering background was an ideal fit. His passion for aquatics could not overcome his passion for the mountains of Kalispell, Montana and sailing on Flathead Lake. After returning to Kalispell he started his own engineering firm, Abel Engineering, and the two firms worked together over the years. Tom and I also worked together at the National Swimming Pool Foundation where he was a Certified Pool Operator Instructor. Tom’s contributions and friendship will be missed. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Sherry, his wife, and the family.
The services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at the Northridge Lutheran Church, 323 Northridge Dr., Kalispell, MT 59901.