It is with such a sad heart we let you know that Stephen Tontoni died suddenly this week. We don't have any details at the moment and will relay news about a memorial service as soon as we hear.
Bowling came about serendipitously for Stephen. He was at Woodland Park about seven years ago, on call as a sign language interpreter for a University of Washington event. When it turned out they didn't need him that day, he walked over to the bowling greens to take a look. Roger Green was there with a couple of rinks already set up and he spent the next three hours teaching and bowling with Stephen, who clearly had a knack for the game. In 2008 he discovered Men with Big Bowls at Jefferson Park, joined up, and kept up both memberships for many years.
In addition to MWBB, Stephen was a regular at Late Summer League and founding participant of DieHard League. No matter which league he attended, Stephen always brought food and always brought more than enough to share. And that pot of Jambalaya always came with a big, warm smile. He was so vital, animated, enthusiastic and fun.
Stephen was an American Sign Language interpreter for many years and very much part of the deaf community in and around Seattle. He was also an avid modeler, traveling the world and winning awards in the field.
Stephen always enjoyed a good beer in a big stein, so toast him tonight. Good bowls, Stephen — we'll miss you on the greens.
(We regret that because of a technical error in the website software we are unable to upload a photo of Stephen at this time.)