Tom and I lived in the same neighborhood in New Britain and attended the same schools. We became good friends after High School. Our group of friends enjoyed many Rock concerts together and a legendary trip to the Newport Jazz Festival. Sometimes we just rode around listening to music on the 8-track player in Tom's car. Frequently the music of Deep Purple.
In later years, we occasionally met to listen music at at the Monday Night Jazz Concerts in Bushnell Park.
Although he maintained strong opinions, I'll remember Tom as a kind and generous person always willing to share whatever he had even at times in his life when that wasn't a lot.