I am extremely sorry to hear the news about Tom.
I knew Tom during my days with Nortel in San Ramon from 1988-1999. Then, after a gap of 13 years, I met him again on Feb.26 at a meeting in Santa Clara that had been convened to discuss Nortel's termination of their retiree medical plan. Since that meeting, he and I had been in touch every 2 or 3 days by phone or e-mail, exchanging information about medical insurance plans, jokes and other stuff.
I owe Tom a personal debt of gratitude for putting me in touch with Phil Robbins, a medical insurance broker, to help me and my wife find a good medical insurance plan to replace the Nortel plan.
Tom was always a very cheerful person and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Thank you for letting me know. My prayers go out to Tom and his family.
I have many fond memories of Tom. He had a brilliant mind and was one of the funniest people on earth. More importantly, he was a great mentor to me early in my career. I learned a lot from him and those lessons I have carried forward and taught to others. I am sure Tom is up in heaven right now, holding court and cracking up anyone who ever made a career of selling technology to the State of California. Thinking about Tom will always bring a smile to my face. He was one the good guys and he helped many, many people along the way!
Laura and family,
I also worked with your dad at Nortel and think back on those times with great affection. When I first met your dad, I remember thinking who is this guy? What a truly unique character, always the smartest guy in the room, but he shared that intellect with us generously and made us a great team. Man was he funny, at least I think he was because my IQ only allowed me to understand about 25% of his jokes. I laughed because of the sly smile and Applebaum laugh that was infectious. Your dad was an awesome guy to work with and a good friend.
I am truly sorry for your loss.
I was in the Premier Accounts group at Nortel with you Dad. I also had the good fortune to work with him just a couple of years ago while he was doing consulting work. What a gracious and kind man. He made things better.
Sincerely with sympathies for your loss,
I'm so sorry for your loss....
Your Dad was a very nice person. He had never forgotten me even when I transferred to other Wellbound clinic. He would always send me funny stories and jokes to cheer me up and make my day great and easy going. He will surely be missed.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.