Friday, May 23, 2008

Losing Friends Sucks

On the eve of the Stanley Cup Finals I have again been reminded as to how little it all matters.

I lost another friend today to cancer. Thomas was a guy that I talked hockey and illness with online for most of the last decade. A happy-go-lucky Tampa Bay Lightning fan, he always took things well - whether it be his sickness or the sick way the Bolts played. He fought several forms of cancer with chemo, radiation and surgery and made light of it, saying that 'at least it wasn't AIDS." Thomas had actually pitched the idea of heading over to Prague (in the comments) to root for our respective teams and I was looking forward to at the least grabbing beers with him in the Czech Republic.

He tried blogging but was too ill to keep updating it. As you can see from his MySpace page and another friend's tribute, he is already missed by a lot of people.

My sincerest condolences go out to his girlfriend and his family. As I had once been told, it is better to celebrate the life that was lived, rather than to mourn its passing. Tom, Thom*ASS*, idiot Tampa fan, Thomas Sutra ... RIP.


Chris said...

Sorry to hear about your loss, my condolence goes out to his family, his friends, everybody that knew him, that includes you dude. Like you said, it's best to celebrate ones life than to mourn.

Graying Mantis said...

Thank you for sharing with us the sad news of the passing of Thomas. He and his family and friends are in my prayers.

The Dark Ranger said...

Sorry about your friend, Scotty. Well done on a thoughtful post -- this stuff 'aint easy. Ever. Sounds like a great guy.