We have lost one of our own.

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NWMO
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We have lost one of our own.

Post by NWMO » Tue May 28, 2019 7:59 pm

It is with sadness I share the following obituary. Tom (ARCHINSTL) passed away unexpectedly this last weekend. I had visited his house (to drop off a Tercel part) this weekend after emailing about a visit. His daughter contacted me via email and gave her permission for me to share Tom’s passing as it was on her list of things needing done. I will miss you friend.

Thomas Maher

Chris
Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart"

In remembrance of my friend ARCHINSTL:

T4WD augury?
"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

"Now and then we had a hope that, if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
Mark Twain

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by rer233 » Tue May 28, 2019 8:07 pm

RIP Tom- we're gonna miss you...
if it aint there, there's a good chance it won't break!
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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by atoyta » Tue May 28, 2019 10:24 pm

Wow, thoughts go out to his family. Sorry to see this.

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by Mattel » Wed May 29, 2019 2:54 am

Really sad to hear this -Tom had contributed over 6,000 posts on here since 2004. I was always hoping to get to the US sometime and buy a Tercel and drive to St Louis to meet him. I had some interactions with him as I sent him some rear retractable seat belts and parts that you don't get in the US a few years ago and snuck in a tube of Australian Vegemite condiment that he said he tormented his grandchildren with. He was part of the heart and soul of this forum and this will be part of his legacy.
Thanks for relaying this information NWMO. My thoughts to you and his family
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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by splatterdog » Wed May 29, 2019 7:11 am

Terrible news. If this site had an ambassador, it was surely him. Hopefully his T4 finds as good an owner.

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by NWMO » Wed May 29, 2019 7:17 am

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Tom was/is (posthumously) a giant on the forum, I look a little like a giant in the photo. This was from the fall of 2016' (w/ Tom's "Goldie"), unfortunately, my only visit with Tom. Gone, but not forgotten.
Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart"

In remembrance of my friend ARCHINSTL:

T4WD augury?
"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

"Now and then we had a hope that, if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
Mark Twain

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by oldfaithful » Wed May 29, 2019 7:57 am

So sorry to hear, condolences to his family.

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by dcn » Wed May 29, 2019 8:03 am

Oh no. Awful news, condolences as well.
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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by The Professor » Wed May 29, 2019 8:51 am

Sad news to be sure. It seems we take our fellow forum members for granted, always expecting a reply or advice, rarely thinking of them outside the digital confines of our forums. I didn't know Tom in any personal capacity, but his orbit is certainly felt on this forum. His wisdom and insight will continue to support future Tercel owners, which will be his true digital legacy.

Rest easy Tom, and know that we're still thinking of you and speaking your name in reverence.
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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by marlinh » Wed May 29, 2019 7:06 pm

So sorry to hear about his passing. I always enjoyed reading his posts and his sense of humour. He will be missed.

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by dlb » Thu May 30, 2019 8:26 am

I'm shocked. tom was one of the first to welcome me to this forum and has been consistently present ever since. It will be a very different place without him.

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by Abletobecain » Thu May 30, 2019 9:45 am

This is heartbreaking. :( Tom always had invaluable advice and was so positive. He felt like a friend without ever meeting him. In fact you all do and I appreciate you all. Tom will surely be missed. I'm sure he's got one tricked out T4 on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by irowiki » Thu May 30, 2019 3:51 pm

When a community is small like this, there are those we expect to always be around, and Tom was one of those guys. Snarky, funny, and helpful!

Also probably the most tech minded guy his age I have ever met. Even back in 2005 he was an ebay vet with a few thousand sales!

He'll be missed, and I changed his username color to match that of his car, Goldie, so we can remember both.

If you want a blast from the past, here's his first post!

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by Petros » Thu May 30, 2019 8:04 pm

sad news indeed. condolences to his family. he always seemed in good health, good humor and was active. he never mentioned any health issues.

I too had hoped to someday take a road trip through st. Louis and pay him a visit. I guess that can not happen now. We had exchanged many discussions both on the forum and via email, and several phone calls as well. He is the remaining few of the DIY types, not just fixing his own car, but appliances and other things around the house. He used to share stories with me how when he visited his daughter or nieces and nephews, he would go around the house doing simple fixes on the various installation because no one in the younger generation knew what to do without calling a repair man.

I am going to miss him greatly.
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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by NWMO » Thu May 30, 2019 8:25 pm

Peter,

I second your comments on Tom, he was the real McCoy. I had traded emails about a week before and he had plans, graduations for grandkids and an annual “remembrance get together” for a daughter that passed some years ago. They always got together on her birthday and as fate would have it, Tom passed on the same day. I hope I can be as active and involved as Tom right to the end, his passing was a surprise as another of his daughters shared his health had been good. He graduated HS in 1958, so I figure he was born in 40’ or 41’, nearly 80 years old.

Chris
Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart"

In remembrance of my friend ARCHINSTL:

T4WD augury?
"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

"Now and then we had a hope that, if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
Mark Twain

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