Yesterday at about this time, I read a post that brought me to tears. I spent most of the day in shock, asking myself and others what, if anything, is right, just or deserved. This. Is. Not. Tom Music passed away April 17, 2011 at 5pm. He will be missed by the enormous community around him.
The last time I saw Tom was at Ignite Seattle. He was healthy, damned witty and stole the show. Tom was a Startup Weekend attendee (how I met him… Obey the Decider is still live and still makes me smile) and had a similar room-filling presence. Hearing the news and reading the comments left on many digital outlets makes me want to throw my laptop across the room in a fit of rage.
“Life is not fair” was the last phrase a friend said to me before he passed away of cancer last month. And now another friend, after fighting for so long, has passed away. Fair it might not be, but to those that Tom touched: Feel a bit lucky. Fairness, perhaps, is what we give. He was a champion to many. Will always be.