Dearest Thomas, To say I'm stunned by the news of your departure (apparently our mutual connections of the past have expired) 7 months after the fact is an understatement. Our unconditional love for one another never wavered in spite of some darker times (on both parts) along with youthful unrest, resulting in my choice to depart. However, as you know, you were never far from my heart. Our first 6 years together, especially, were what dreams are made, and I am honored we shared many years together. God created one of the most amazing individuals I will ever have the privilege to know and love. In spite of separating and following different paths, the blessing of an unconditional eternal friendship with you (even though from a distance) makes this loss especially difficult. I will cherish times with Irvin and Dorothy, our amazing trips to Europe (including attending my family reunion in Denmark), occasional coin shows, dinners and special times with mutual friends. Still smile when I remember getting lost in Paris as we walked the darkened streets for at least an hour before locating our hotel:) And.... jumping on a non-passenger train in Switzerland, wondering why we were the only 2 on board, until the conductor discovered our presence and sent us on our way. And our good fortune running into Hubert Lanz in the Swiss sausage shop with an invitation to be chauffeured to Schaffhausen (in his Rolls Royce, no less). Your concern upon hearing of my 2nd open heart surgery last year, with a beautiful note and special coin from Switzerland, where we once walked together, was above and beyond. I remember our conversation towards end of 2015 where you mentioned you weren't well, but did not elaborate. I regret not pressing you for more information. You never shared about your son, but the secret is out and I am grieved he will not continue to know his father and vice versa. I can assure you, there will never be another man who will replace you, and if I ever have the chance to meet your son, I will communicate that to him. As I now walk this trail of tears, I look forward to special moments when the sun meets the rain and beautiful light will lift my spirits in remembrance of many enchanting moments together. I welcome messages from fellow Thomas friends in hopes I can find some closure to his untimely passing. I can be reached at Bmuseanderson@gmail.com or FB Angel Anderson. Rest in the arms of our Father, Dearest Thomas.
Beth (Angel) Anderson