I have just learned of Thomas's passing yesterday via an email from one of his friends, as I am working overseas. I am very saddened and deeply moved to hear this news and will dearly miss a dear close friend. I give my sincere condolences to Thomas's sister and extended family. He often talked a lot of his immediate family and I admired his dedication to them.
I would like to express some words as briefly as possible, feeling very bad for not knowing of this recent event and not being able to attend the services.
Thomas and I met as EIT's (engineering trainee's) which was my first job after University at Novas Gas (now Transcanada) in 1986. Since the first moment we got on very well and have been friends since. Thomas was one of the best engineers I knew and he had integrity above anyone I have known in my career. He never backed down from what he felt was right and I admired him for this greatly. We started our careers together and spent a lot of time at work and outside work in the early days. We did a lot of cycling, squash and hiking and also some travelling. As our careers diverged we always kept in touch and he traveled and visited me many times overseas, either to see me directly or if he happened to be in the neighborhood when he was working overseas; in Malaysia and SE Asia. We also went on trips in the region as he loved travel and exploring. He truly helped me through some very difficult times especially during this period. He was the one person I knew that was there if I ever needed help.
We spent a lot of time together in the last year or two before I left to Kuwait and afterwards we kept in frequent contact, face-timing every few weeks. Most recently was spending time together this May and June when I was back for a visit. I will greatly miss him and will always remember what a great person and such a good friend he was.
It is a great loss and my thoughts are about him and for Thomas's extended family.