Rest in peace my friend. High school was a blast, you helped make it a good time.. Our last conversation was at 40th reunion. Hope you had a good life and career.. thanks for your friendship. Blessings to your family.
A few days ago CHICAGO's song, "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" came over the car radio - I instantly thought
of Tom and cranked up the volume ... he loved those horns! I've been lucky to have shared a lot of laughs with Tom over the years.
I worked with him on a lot of projects - from building the Altec speakers in the basement next to the pile of Porsche parts, helping out on Stanley's house build and of course, the boats from the M/V Manhattan to Malabar X. He and Jody kept you laughing all
day long with their constant humorous teasing, all the while getting the job done. It sure was fun! I'll be turning up the volume for you Tom - rest easy ...
I will miss his laugh the most but also his caring attitude. He always knew when you needed a hug or a joke. I first met Tom when we both worked for the House Medics back in the 1990's. He will be missed by so many and he is gone to soon. My heartfelt sympathies to Lil and the rest of the family. Rachel Johnson
I have good memories of playing trumpet with Tom in summer jazz band. He was a gentle man. My prayers and thoughts are with all of his family now and in the months ahead.
Patti Conkrite Messina
So sad to hear the news about my cousin Tom. He was a good person, someone who tried hard to do the right thing, someone who kept his commitments. And he was fun! My Mom, Tom’s much loved Aunt Ruth, was a life-long Yankees fan. She and Tom never missed a chance to have a (non-serious) discussion of the relative merits of the Sox and the Yankees, and they had a standing bet for many years ($1.00 I believe) as to which team would have the better record at the end of the year.
Uncle Tom Was there for many moments in my life. Always enjoyed the multi day Smith Valley music and food festivals with his father. I shared a few NY Yankee vs. Boston Red Sox's joke's with him to get a reaction. His deep laugh could be heard from a distance, probably as a result of his strong stomach muscles from playing the trumpet. We shared June as our birthday month, he said June Birthday's are the best, will miss his birthday wishes this year. My prayers go out to Lill and the entire family, may we keep sharing our experiences.
I am writing this with a saddened heart. Condolences to Tom's family. Tom was one of my best friends in high school. You always had a good time when you were with Tom. Way too soon. RIP brother.
Tom was a unique person. loyal friend. I feel proud to have shared this planet with him as a friend for over six decades. So many memories of good times and trying times. So many things to miss, like the calls both to and from to talk of various things and to share jokes, his willing to share his carpentry knowledge, his laugh, sharing some of his music. Not only were we friends but also brothers and that made him "crazy old uncle" to my son and daughter. So much to say and not having the ability to express the loss we all feel as words just seem unable to convey condolences to his family and great many friends. Yes there will be a celebration of his life when we can get back together. There will be some stories to behold and mostly true. RIP Tom, you are missed.
I remember well playing the latest music and comedy records in your living room (Steve Martin Bill Cosby).
Running the little Harley in the back field, roasting corn in the driveway, getting stoned in the van in the driveway while listening to John Denver.
Tom had a unique laugh and I remember it well.
To be honest I’m not sure Tom was in the Van as I was pretty stoned. A habit I gave up when I was 27. But if he wasn’t someone was using his laugh.
I recall a pictorial presentation of his work on the schooner that now has a home in Watkins Glen. He was so proud. I am tempted to make a trip up and carve his name in the rail. It would be a fitting memorial. Perhaps a better idea I will contact them and see if they would consider a small brass plate to mount on the rail instead. He would be up set with me for cutting up his work.
He will be missed
Tom was a cherished childhood friend. I’m saddened to hear of his passing. May he Rest In Peace.