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Tom and His Girls by kkskipper Tom and His Girls by kkskipper
This is a tribute to a wonderful guy, a friend of Craig's and mine who he met in high school. He died last night after a tough battle with leukemia. I hope you're in a better place, Tom...we'll all miss you.

(I used a reference picture for this. It's my favorite picture of him and the girls because of the face she's making - so cute!)


HABITAT: Often at work, but happiest anywhere his kids are

IDENTIFIERS: Mischievous smile, spectacular patience

DESCRIPTION: A hard worker who loved his two girls more than anything in the world, he always found a reason to smile, even when those reasons were few and far between. When we worked together, he was the one still trying to do the job even when Craig and I were arguing over something stupid and not getting anything done. He liked to play pool - and was good at it - and would always order a “mixed anything” from the bar when we went to the pool hall.

When he was planning to get a new car, I think he was more excited about the idea of letting us drill holes in it to install antennas than actually driving the car. I could never remember his radio call sign because I never needed it; he had one of the most distinctive voices I’ve ever heard, although I couldn’t begin to describe it.

I’ve never known anyone trusting, or perhaps insane, enough to trust any bartender with an order of “mixed anything,” but that’s exactly what a bunch of us are going to do in his honor: go to the taproom, play pool, and drink whatever mystery they’ll pour in our glasses. The surprise is the best part.
MirroredSky Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very sorry for your loss ; ;

It is a wonderful piece, though. I think that sounds like an awesome way to pay tribute to someone!
kkskipper Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :) It helps me remember to look on the bright side: we had the chance to know an amazing guy, and he's no longer suffering.
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