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Condolence From: Julia Smeliansky
Condolence: An unimaginable loss to all of us - a friend, a colleague and a great talent. Impossible to imagine our life without Tommy!
Tuesday October 10, 2017
Condolence From: Dorothy Gallagher
Condolence: How does one say goodbye to an angel? I know not how.
How does one say goodbye to a legend? I know not how.
Hearts are aching and hearts are breaking. Your absence will be forever felt. As will your love, your life and your art.
And we will feel the loss acutely.

I love and miss you my dear.

Dorothy Gallagher
Monday October 09, 2017
Condolence From: Leslie Boisset
Condolence: Tommy was the most wonderful teacher and the kindest soul. Kind, that is a word that I’ve seen or heard on every description of him. I am so sorry for his too early loss. John and all of his family and friends, my heartfelt condolences.

One of the many students fortunate to know him
Sunday October 08, 2017
Condolence From: student
Condolence: Thank you for always pushing us to play. I'm sorry I couldn't get there, but I learned the lessons in more time, thanks to you. You and Johnny were also an inspiration, and showed me what love could be. Sending my condolences to Johnny, and all of your friends, family and colleagues.
Sunday October 08, 2017
Condolence From: Diane E Lailer
Condolence: Johnny, Bobby, Bette-Lou and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Tommy. I can not imagine the pain you must be feeling. I know I am struggling with this loss myself. He meant so much to so many. I will always remember him making us laugh, making us scared with scary stories, puppet shows and Halloween props up in my parents barn, his beautiful voice when he sang. He was bigger than life. I know he wouldn't want us to be sad. Now he is joined with his Parents, Aunts and Uncles, Grammy and everyone who has gone before him. I will miss him until we meet again. Thinking of you and I love you all. Cousin, Diane
Sunday October 08, 2017
Condolence From: Julie (Jules) Teeter
Condolence: You were the best uncle and human being. I have so many cherished memories; from Skippy to your impersonation of Daisy-Dog. Our bond was so very special and is a gift that I will hold for the rest of my life. Give Jonathan a hug from his big sister and a hug to Grammy and Grampy. Thank you for teaching me what it means to live life with Grace. Until we see each other again. Swim with your beloved mermaids. XO Jules
Sunday October 08, 2017
Condolence From: Ann Mcgillan
Condolence: I was trying to think of all the words that describe you..... and then thought, everyone knows all the words I can put here. I will miss you forever. I thank the good Lord for so many wonderful memories of our childhood to adulthood. Until we meet again my sweet cousin.
Sunday October 08, 2017
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