Although his death announcement was lighthearted and upbeat, it was the culmination of several years of poor health. I'm sure those closest to him were expecting it, but I was shocked and saddened to hear the news.
Last winter, Tom commented on a layout I posted on Facebook because there was a photo of him on it. It was about one particular summer in college.
I wanted to create a layout about Tom as a tribute- not anything about our relationship, although Tom meant the world to me, but mostly as a symbol of the man Tom was. I wasn't part of his 'grown up' life, (even though I introduced him to his wife, and we exchanged Christmas cards occasionally through the years), but I know that he raised 3 fine boys, had a loving marriage, had an abiding faith in his Heavenly Father, and was a great Dad, husband, grandpa, and friend.
So, here's to Tom. I think the old carpenter's saying "Measure twice, cut once", is a perfect tribute. It indicates the time and care necessary to do anything right. And I think he did many things wonderfully right. Rest in peace, dear friend.