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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Goodbye, Tom

Today, very suddenly, we lost a friend. His name was Tom and he was my boss at both of my two former employers. We worked together for 6 years, and since mid-2007, he had been Todd's manager in his current job. I was shocked when I heard, not because Todd likes to joke about death, but because Tom seemed somehow... invincible. As I drove home, I knew I wanted to call my friends and give them the news, but first I had to call Todd to make sure it wasn't some sort of mistake. Maybe he'd heard wrong. Maybe Jim had been playing some sort of joke. Maybe it wasn't true. How could it be true?

So, tonight we are drinking shots of whiskey for Tom. He'd want that, he would think it was a proper send off. I didn't always see eye to eye with Tom, and he was as good at making enemies as he was friends, but he always had his employees' best interests at heart. He really wanted to make us happy, and moreso than any other manager that I have ever had. Some of my best ever days at work were at work parties that Tom organized - with chartered boats and crabs and an open bar. When he left Previousemployer, he had not just one happy hour, but two.

You will be missed, Tom. There are an awful lot of people out there who knew your name and smile when they think of you. This shot's for you...


Mary said...

hey, heard this from Todd this afternoon after I saw your Twitter and his status update and got worried. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I can imagine what a terrible shock it was. Any guy who is the type for whom you'd do shots in his memory must have been a good one.

Kim said...

Thanks, Mary. He was a good guy. I'm still kind of doubting that the news is true.

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