FSSA regrets to inform you of the passing of Tom Euson, 73, on May 5, 2020, due to complications of throat cancer and heart failure. Tom was born on June 28, 1946 to George and Mary Euson. The oldest of four children, he has two sisters, Marikay and Maureen, and a brother, George. He wrestled and played football at St. Louis U High School.
At age 18, he married his high school sweetheart, Linda, and they had a son, David; who gave Tom his first two grandchildren, Thomas and Courtney. They later divorced and he eventually married Cindy and had two more children, Matt and Aimee; who gave him four more grandchildren, Charlie, JT, Nyden and Oliver. He dated his girlfriend Thuy for many of his final years, and they often traveled together.
In the early 1970’s, Tom started his career working at Detrex Chemical. He later moved to Indianapolis, IN to take a sales position with Ransburg. When he was passed over for the position of National Sales Manager, he left and started his own Sales Representative Company, Finishing Systems. Systecon was one of the companies that was represented by Finishing Systems. In 1986, Systecon notified Tom that the company was exiting the fire detection and controls business, and asked if he was interested in purchasing their inventory. Fire detection and controls had grown into a large portion of this sales business and so, in 1987, he recruited a partner and founded Systecon Suppression Systems. The partnership lasted two years before he bought out his partner and changed the name of the business to 3S. During that time, Tom patented Fyr-Optic, a fiber optic flame detection device used for detecting flame in enclosed moving equipment; it became the standard for detection in overhead bell painting equipment in the automotive industry. Because of his time at Detrex and Ransburg, Tom was recognized as the foremost expert on the protection of automatic, electrostatic painting equipment.
He loved working with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the people on his committees. Becoming Chairman of NFPA 33, Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials, a few years ago was his crowning achievement, He was also a committee member of NFPA 770, Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems.
Tom worked at 3S until the day of his death, a total of 33 years. 3S was Tom’s life. It served as his social circle, gave him purpose and allowed him to work with his two sons. Tom loved Indiana University basketball, Notre Dame and Indianapolis Colts football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He never missed his grandchildren’s sporting events. He will be remembered for his willingness to help anyone and his contribution to the fire protection industry.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you follow in Tom’s footsteps and get involved by participating as a representative on a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee or support a research project through NFPA Foundation. Information can be found at www.nfpa.org.