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    Administrator Mr. Widget's Avatar
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    RIP Seawolf

    Tom was such a fixture here that when several weeks went by without a post from him, I became worried. I sent him an email that went unanswered, so this evening I tracked down his phone number and gave him a call. His wife answered and told me he passed away on July 30th.

    He was only 72 and according to his wife he was not at all ready. He had a lot of life left in him, but unfortunately one night he went to bed and simply never woke up.

    I believe his son will be taking care of Tom's rather massive JBL collection. I hope he keeps a few of the best pieces to remember our friend Seawolf by.

    I will miss Tom's posts very much, polite or otherwise.


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    Senior Member RMC's Avatar
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    Rip wolf

    Thanks Widget for breaking the sad news.

    I'm in shock, really. For me its a reminder that the clock keeps turning way too fast. Much too early for him to go. Well, at least not waking up in the morning might be the preferred way to leave vs a long and painful illness.

    I too found curious that he had not posted for a while. Few days ago i even checked if he had updated his Avatar pic, and he hadn't... Equipment wise he often had something different to show us, which i tend to like.

    I remember well a good laugh we had. He found a pic, one of his specialties i guess, where someone was selling a stereo system, and seller pic showed the receiver on top of a turntable whose soft rubber feet were probably buried in the carpet under... There's quite a gap to fill now that Seawolf left us.

    I'll sure miss him, as well as his long array of different and funny Avatar pics.

    Yup, i'll remember him many ways, including as a Sea and as a Wolf! Rest in peace Tom.


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    Senior Member BMWCCA's Avatar
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    So sad to hear. Though we never met, we had a mutual friend and we shared the same passion for both JBL and BMW. We both had white E34 BMW sedans. He preferred the JBL 10-inch 3-ways and I the 12-inch. He loved his 250ti but tossed all the "ugly" black L7 towers he ever had. As caretaker for his wife and friend to many here, he will be missed. Thank you, sir, for your service. We'll miss you.
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    Wow, this is certainly a shock to hear.

    RIP Seawolf.

    Tom was a mainstay of this forum and I've always appreciated his posts as well as following along with all his biking adventures.

    Really, I'm just gob-smacked to hear this unexpected news.

    So sad, so early, my condolences to his family.


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    Administrator Robh3606's Avatar
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    So sorry to hear. RIP he will be missed.

    "I could be arguing in my spare time"

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    Senior Member turnitdown's Avatar
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    So sad. I looked forward to his posts and can still, in my mind, see a guy plying the streets on a bike loaded down with his latest finds. Via con Dios.

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    Wow, what a stunner. So sorry to hear this news. 72 seems ridiculously young. Kudos to you Mr. Widget for following your instincts and reaching out to his family. He will be missed here.

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    Heather [Senorita member] hjames's Avatar
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    OMG - it seemed like he'd just recovered from some fool in a car hitting him last year, and was just starting to log longer miles for this year ...
    Not ready to lose another Lansing soul ... not one as prolific as he was!
    RIP Tom - we'll surely miss you!
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    Senior Member macaroonie's Avatar
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    A loss indeed , hopefully Speaker Safari and Funny Bicycle Stats will continue in the same way as Zilch's Econowave thread on AK.
    Tom you will be missed greatly.


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    Senior Member DerekTheGreat's Avatar
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    Wow, this is bad news. I'm a newer member and while I never actually met him I appreciated his comments on my threads and his replies to my posts. He'll be missed.

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    My condolences to his wife and family.

    Does anyone know if Tom had any kind underlying illness or condition?

    72 is too young.


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    He thought he was dreaming, then realized he'd come awake. Bon voyage, Mr. AB Seawolf--bon voyage.
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    So sad. R.I.P. Seawolf, and all of my condolences to his family and friends!

    Best regards!

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    Senior Member DavidF's Avatar
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    A loss to many, I am sure. He liked to keep things honest and grounded. A worthy member to this group.

    Thank you Widget for noticing his absence and reaching out to learn this sad news.
    David F
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    Senior Member Ducatista47's Avatar
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    A late goodbye, Tom.

    I noticed Widget's post about the box of CDs tonight and now I know too. What communications he and I had on the forums had been fun and friendly for many years now. We were pretty close in age but I agree, he should have been able to live longer than he did.

    Of late he streamed instead of playing vinyl, and became quite taken with private listening. Tom was no old fogey standing still in a cultural stasis. He and I bicycled for the same reasons. To ride instead of taking a car, to move the muscles and lungs, to be in the breeze and mostly to feel alive. I had come to realize lately how much we had in common, and that increases my sadness for some reason. I hope his wife will be well cared for. Nothing would have pleased him more.
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