I miss my dad. When I stop for any reason, he's there. It's like the green garden hose we all grew up with. Now the water is off. Done. Gone. My memories past 11 aren't quality. We had more in common than I realized.
My Dear Brother-in-law Tom, you made my sister so happy for the last 25 years. You where always there for me when I needed advice on a project I was working on and always had to have that kiss when I saw you. You will be missed so much by myself and all of my family.
Tom, you left too soon. I have more puns for you. I'm sure you have more for me. You were a good man .. decent and honest and funny and dependable. Always there to help. Always there with a joke or horrible pun. Wherever you are now, I know you've reached … not your PUNishment … but your reward.
My wife Dorann and I were fortunate to know and work with Tom from the 1970s. I played drums with the Rubber Band on Long Island. Tom played piano,did vocals and wrote music for the band. His favorite groups were Procal Harum,the Kinks and other "English sound" groups. His original compositions reflected some of that sound. We worked together until 1973 when I moved to Vermont and later to Massachusetts. While in NY Tom first started to do stained glass lamps. He was quite the crafstman and made 2 lamps for us- the Max the Dog lamp and a lamp called birds and flowers. He was a crafstman with a big heart as he really wanted to please us with the 2 custom lamps-and he did. Io this day I have the birds and flowers lamp hanging in my home. My wife Dorann and Tom both loved lamps and antiques. They both LOVED yard sales and a bargain. Tom, Chris, Dorann and I had great times shopping for antiques in Boston and Clearwater. This was a strong connection between Dorann and Tom. In the New York Band era I remember how to wrote some nice original songs including the one about the birth of his first son called "Fly Away". I remember some funny little things that made Tom, Tom. One day he demanded that I buckle up my car seat belt(Tom did have a little stuborn streak in him), he would go get gas at a Hess Station and he would say The Hessions are coming!! How his dad would always visit Tom at the gig we had in Bellmore, L. I. The recording session where Dionne Warwick and Tony Conigliaro(baseball player) were in the studio, the great respect and love he had for Don the recording engineer. His chuckle and unique sense of humor was always there. I did gigs with him in the winter and he always brought blankets if the club was cold. Tom and I played a practical joke on my daughter in Atlanta when he made believe he was the owner of the pet store where she purchased bird. He told her that he would have to take the bird back!......this was a funny stunt. Tom and Chris came to visit us in Boston and Tom did some electrical work in my home. He really did have a good heart. Dorann and I came to know Chris when we visited Tom in Florida. Tom would take us over to visit his mom who was the nicest lady of all time. He was a great son. I remember going to a Tampa Bay Bucks game with Chris.....a great Steelers fan and I always think of Chris on football Sundays. Our hearts go out to Chris on her loss. I called Tom two few weeks before he passed and he was under a lot of meds and for the first time he was not with that chuckle but he was hopeful things would improve. We were surprised when Chris called us on the morning of the day he passed and said "we are going to loose Tom today". That was very thoughtful of Chris and I wished I had called Tom again and was planning on it. I never got the chance. Dorann and I were shocked with his passing and we will remain close to Chris.
Dear Chrissie, We are so sorry about Tom's passing. You had many wonderful years together. On one of my trips to Florida to visit you and Tom, we all went to visit Allan's uncle who lived close by and Tom remembered he had purchased a duck from them at one of his many garage sales. You gave me the "Blasko Duck" and she sits proudly in front of our fireplace. We will fondly think of you every time we look at her. I will see you in a few days. I'm looking forward to sharing some memories and wine with you.