Tom's passing is so sad for me and my family and the running community. He possessed a hilariously funny sense of humor sprinkled with truth. One of the hardest working runners ever. Always gave his all in everything he did...and politely asked for you to join him..."c'mon, whaddya got to lose, it'll be fun".
I remember he joined in fellow dyestaters and letsrun runners and former race officials for a local race at The Johnny Kelly race in CT. to help with water stations, We ended up doing, I think three, thanks to Tom. We surprised him with a b-day party. cake and all. It was the first time I ever saw him turn red.
He was an authentic enthusiastic person, runner, coach...but above all the biggest absolutely the biggest and most generous heart. He was a wonderfully delightful person to be around. Always encouraging and of course made you laugh.
He was one of the first runners to make change by running and winning the Jordache Jeans marathon and won 25K along with Cindy Dalrymple as the first woman winner. He surrendered his amateur status.
We traveled and ran is some of the same races...wonderful stuff..always egging on Billy ( Bill Rodgers). Playfully busting his chops.
There was one time we were all in Arizona training during the Winter months getting ready for Boston. We were at Billy's house. Of course, Billy is still sleeping and we were already to get going before it got too hot to go out for the morning run, We're all moaning and groaning waiting for him to wake up. Tommy taps on the bedroom door..."Knock, knock, knock...time to get up and take your medicine"...Billy is out in a flash and off we go....
RIP Tom. Love to you.