We just learned of Tom's passing today. We have been keepig in touch with Tom (or really he has with us) over many years since Louis worked with him in Spokane 20 + years ago. Tom was a great friend to us. He threw a wonderrful baby shower for us 15 years ago, complete with live fiddlinig music, great barbeque and many friends. Such an energetic and kind soul. Such a great loss to all who knew and loved Tom.
The photo is from the Connect 2 Tucson ride on Sept. 24, 2011, and I don't know how that event could have happened without Tom. He jumped in with both feet and attended every organizing meeting. He was the only one on the team with experience running group rides. He scouted the route many times over, mapped it, and kept us on track on practical matters throughout the planning. Tom saw biking for what it is-- simply the best way to get around. I sure wish he'd found the kind of job he wanted here in Tucson and become a permanent part of our cycling community. Thanks, Tom, and peace be with you.
Just learned of Tom's passing today, made my knees buckle. He was a much loved advocate and friend here in Spokane. A fun and funny guy. friend Libby Ward here tells me that we are going to have a gathering in his honor in the future month or so. Been shaking my head all day. a heavy heart for a passionate cyclist. Drive safely Amigos. Michael Conley in Spokane bikeaudi-at-gmail-dot-com
A service to commemorate Toms life and his passion for cycling, coffee, community and music will be held at Bergies Coffee Roast House in Gilbert Arizona. Services will be held this Sunday February 10th from 1:00 to 3:00 and is open to anyone who would like to attend. Bring photos if you have them for a scrapbook. We all want to honor the man, the friend, the cyclist and the gentle soul that had an impact on our lives and our community.
I knew Tom slightly, and more as a musician than a cyclist. I had given him a couple of fiddle lessons when he still lived in Phoenix and he came to listen to my band play on several occasions. I took cycling shortly before he moved to Tucson and In fact, we had planned to go for a ride together but it never worked out. I am shocked and saddened to see this news.
I've known Tom since the early 2000s when he would periodically come into Tucson mainly to ride bikes and visit friends. He loved Tucson and wanted to move here and was always very friendly and outgoing. I got to know Tom a lot better after he moved here and signed on as an Ambassador, plus with his planning skills we hired him under a separate contract to help us with rides and special events, The Loop, the planned velodrome, and other projects.
He was a tremendous advocate, good friend and all around talented guy. We sure miss him and the cycling community has lost a true champion--many happy rides wherever you are Tom!
Such sad news. I had the good fortune to know Tom and remember sharing many a conversation about his beloved Surly bikes and other bike related topics. Very gentle soul. Even though he had moved to the Spokane area, he is missed here in Tucson.