Jan 16, 2015

Tribute Gathering

A Tribute to Thom Trimble---A Gathering of Friends

Tentatively scheduled 6PM Sunday March 29, 2015 

(Details will be posted on this blog as the planning proceeds)

Today, January 16, 2015,  we said goodbye to my lifelong friend Thom Trimble, at a wonderful Life Celebration in Walnut Creek, CA. It was difficult for all of us. Most difficult for Mary and his daughters, and for his brother, sister, and parents.
What made it more manageable for me was the presence and strength of Tim Ault alongside, and of my sister, Arlene Margetich and brother-in-law Larry Margetich, all of whom showed respect and support. It was hard to say goodbye to Thom...and, yet, I know he believed in moving along. We talked about this very thing in the times we spent together.
I am organizing a tribute gathering for Thom's running and storm chasing friends, and family, tentatively scheduled for March 29. This is dependent on my securing a reservation at Sequoia Lodge in Oakland. I will post details here on FB, and correspond to many of Thom's running and storm chasing friends privately.

Jan 7, 2015

Thom Trimble, Rest In Peace

A Light Has Gone Out

Thom Trimble, my best friend of many years, whom I have known since 1981, passed away January 3, 2015 at the age of 55.  He died in the midst of doing one of the things he loved the most, running.  Of course, this is the biggest blow to his wife, Mary Lothrop Trimble, to his two children, Carolina and Jacqueline, his brother and sister, Lynn and Rebecca, his parents Jerry and Jackie, and to his former wife Laurie Matthews.

The loss of Thom is devastating to me personally. His absence will leave a gap that never can be filled. He was a constant support, a running mentor, a partner in storm chasing, and in the running clubs we founded. 

Thom, I hope you have peace at this moment and forever. You loved and were loved. Many people will be affected by your absence. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

I am not sure what will happen to this blog in the future, now that Thom is gone.  Chasing Storks was his creation and it will be laid to rest with him.  Also, right now, it is difficult to consider storm chasing without him. But Thom would want people to move on, so I suppose I will have a change of heart at some point.  But it will be difficult, and sad.

In Memoriam (for Thom)

With you a part of me hath passed away;
For in the peopled forest of my mind
A tree made leafless by this wintry wind 
Shall never don again its green array.
Chapel and fireside, country road and bay,
Have something of their friendliness resigned;
Another, if I would, I could not find,
And I am grown much older in a day.
But yet I treasure in my memory
Your gift of charity, and young hearts ease,
And the dear honour of your amity;
For these once mine, my life is rich with these.
And I scarce know which part may greater be,--
What I keep of you, or you rob from me. 

George Santayana