Thomas W. CHEEK

In Memoriam
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Thomas W. CHEEK

Sept. 14 1965-May 7, 2012

To our dear son, We would like to make a loving tribute to you by paraphrasing the words from a beautiful poem written by R.A.F pilot, John Gillispie Magee.

"Oh! you have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward you've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things we have not dreamed of. Wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there You've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air Up! up! the long, delirious, burning blue you have topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace where never lark or even eagle flew And, while with silent lifting mind you have trod The untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out your hand, and touched the face of God"

Your loving family,

P.S. We will see you again.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Sept. 14, 2018