Tom Kievit

May 9, 1947 - February 13, 2018
Tom Kievit

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Tom Kievit, age 70, of Wilmington, North Carolina, formerly of Clifton, New Jersey, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at his home.

A native of Clifton, New Jersey, Tom attended Clifton High School where he was a prominent member of the football team; upon graduation Tom attended Memphis State University, where he continued to follow his passions for both football and engineering.

Tom was a “self made man” and with the help of his devoted wife, Kyle, started QRP, an aerospace engineering company. QRP became one of the key players for innovative product design in the aerospace industry.

Tom was so many things to so many people.  He was a husband, a father, a friend, a boss and an industry leader; he did all of this with a warm heart and a compassion for others, leading by example daily. Tom would bet on people and truly loved the underdog story. This was Tom’s story, building a company and competing against industry giants all while maintaining a family life and guiding his children to be ambitious in life. He had a deep respect for all those who worked hard and aimed high.

Tom was an avid car enthusiast, a great competitor and an exceptional sportsman. His passion for cars lead him to race in the Sports Car Club of America series from 1970 to 1973, while recently he enjoyed competing in the Porsche Cayman series and was able to share these fun and exciting moments with his son Griffin, loving family and friends.

Tom’s passions for racecar driving, business, pets, travel, engineering and sport resulted in many friends from all walks of life and different parts of the world.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kyle (nee McAllister), Children: Michael, Sara, Drew, Griffin and Kendell. Grandchildren: Brady, Avery, Cal, Lawson, Harper and Bowden. Siblings: Aaron “Ron” Kievit, of New Jersey, Carol Fernandez, of Georgia, and John Kievit of New Jersey and beloved pets Bella Rose and Breezie May.

He was predeceased by his parents Aaron Kievit Jr. and Elizabeth Baumgarten, of New Jersey.

Memorial donations in memory of Tom may be made to any of the following:

The Marfan Foundation, 22 Manhasset Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050,

ADHD CHADD, 4601 Presidents Drive, Suite 300Lanham, MD 20706.

Autism Society, 4340 East-West Hwy, Suite 350, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

Mastiff Club of America

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