Sean Julian Stoy, 52, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away surrounded by loved ones on May 16, 2022 after a courageous battle with metastatic melanoma. Sean was born in Columbia, Missouri on May 4, 1970 to Dr. Robert and Mrs. Theresa Stoy.
One of seven children Sean grew up in Columbia graduating from Rock Bridge High School in 1988. During those early years Sean would meet lifelong friends too numerous to count, develop a love for the outdoors, and build a foundation of faith growing up attending E-Free church and spending his summers at Kanakuk. He went on to play soccer at Greenville College where he studied biology and chemistry. Sean and Veda grew up together, and throughout college and graduate school they maintained their long distance relationship and traveled nearly each weekend to see each other and friends at every opportunity.
After college Sean became the head men’s soccer coach at Westminster College before taking research positions at the University of Missouri Veterinary School Department of Pathology and the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology in Atlanta. He and Veda ultimately settled in Kansas City where his many talents and love of serving others led him to a number of opportunities that culminated in becoming co-owner of Audiomatrix, Inc.
Sean and Veda married on November 26, 1999 and welcomed their daughter Emme in 2002 and son Quinn in 2003. Their life in Brookside was full of driveway parties with dear neighbors, hosting big holiday gatherings with Sean as head chef, bike rides and dog walks through the neighborhood, taking the kids and their friends to all of the neighborhood ice cream places, and Monday night pizza at Bella Napoli. His love for his kids was immeasurable, and you could always count on Sean to be the doting horse show dad, substitute basketball and soccer coach, master pumpkin carver using every electric tool, and he never failed to whip up an amazing Sunday brunch.
Sean loved animals and the outdoors, and his life was full of hunting, fishing and camping trips. From yearly pheasant hunting trips to South Dakota, Fathers day fly fishing trips to Montauk, or canoeing the boundary waters with his dad and brother, being connected to the outdoors was always important to Sean. Gardening at their plot at the Kansas City Community Garden was new hobby he and Veda shared. He also loved travel, spending extended time in Spain, France, and the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station. Sean’s love of outdoors and travel was matched by his love of cooking for family and friends, a skill he learned from his amazing French-Italian mother.
While Sean dearly loved his family and friends, he faithfully put God first, others second, and himself third. He was an active member of Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church for many years. Serving as an Elder for Youth Discipleship Sean especially loved working with the kids at WPPC. He spent much of his time volunteering for Kids Club, grilling for the kids at vacation bible school, working with the kids at Cross-Lines, and coaching Emme and Quinn when they participated in church plays and holiday services.
Simply put, Sean was an amazing man who was a friend to all and touched the lives of so many. Sean always saw the best in everyone and never failed to go out of his way to help anyone in need. Sean was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother Robbie, and his beloved labrador Buddy. He is survived by his wife of 22 years Veda, children Emme and Quinn, brother John (Suzanne), sisters Cindy, Nancy, Susan (Jim) and Laura (Wendell), lots of nieces and nephews and many, many dear friends and family who will miss him greatly.
A celebration of Sean’s life will be held at Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church on June 24, 2022 at 1:00. In lieu of flowers please remember Sean by supporting Cross-Lines or the Kansas City Community Garden.