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Something my brother’s life taught me

Once upon a time, there were three brothers.  Tom was the best of us. In Life and in Faith he was Unstoppable.

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  • ghostsniper November 3, 2021, 11:30 AM

    tres hoons

  • kim vanderleun November 3, 2021, 12:12 PM

    The loss is immeasurable- but so is the love left behind.
    For the record, I happen to think all three brothers are special.

  • Elmo November 3, 2021, 1:41 PM

    I just saw Tom’s ‘In Memoriam’ piece in today’s Grass Valley Union, Gerard.
    Very nice.

  • Mike Austin November 3, 2021, 5:12 PM

    Every man has lived that song. Several times. To push beyond pain, to push beyond failure, to push beyond heartache, to verily live again, is the mark of a man.

  • gwbnyc November 3, 2021, 8:52 PM

    IIRC he was oldest.

    I had one sibling, an older brother born ten years prior to me in the same month, same week. His death came a month before our birthdays, 40/50.

    You are aware of the difference between a first son and younger brothers. His death was the loss of my lifetime.

    I don’t know your ages in the foto, but your brother has already the look of the responsible adult, a father almost, despite few years.

    • theduchessofkitty November 5, 2021, 1:34 PM

      In the post below Gerard said his brother was five and he was seven. Gerard is the eldest one.

      • gwbnyc November 6, 2021, 9:17 AM

        so corrected.

  • Dirk November 4, 2021, 1:28 PM

    Lost my sister, ooo 10/12 yrs ago. She was certified nuts, she’s in a much better place now. Never the less, my lil sis. Look forward to visiting in the future.

    Hoping the big guy, “ no not Biden” did some rewiring on her.


  • PA Cat November 4, 2021, 2:48 PM

    I’m thinking that Gerard’s mother must have promised an extra big batch of Holy Cookies to get three active boys to a) dress up in starched white shirts and bow ties, and b) look so innocent for the camera. I was an only child, so I filled the sibling space in my life with some wonderful first cousins on both sides of the family. Thankfully all but one of them are still here; families vary in size and shape, but the love is real, and yes, it is unstoppable.