Thomas J. Macom
April 3, 1953 - October 5, 2006
My brother Tom died of cancer at the age of 53. These pages are meant to be both a remembrance and a legacy. He was hospitalized in December with what he thought was pneumonia. He learned in early January that he had cancer.
Tom worked for many years as a mechanic, achieving the status of Master Mechanic with Toyota. For the past 10 years he worked as a technical editor for a company that produces the electronic repair manuals that are used by automobile dealers and repair shops. He was a member of the Asian team, specializing in the Toyota manuals.
Tom was an easy going man with a quick smile. He had an amazing level of curiosity. He not only researched things that most people don't even think about, but he collected a wide array of "stuff" just because he was curious about how it worked or what it would do. He had a lasting interest in geology and volcanoes. He visited Hawaii on several occasions to observe active volcanoes and had purchased two plots of land there, one of them located on a volcano. During the past several years he was a Harley enthusiast.
What is presented here are pieces that he wrote. At least two of them have been published.
Perhaps of more significance are the emails that he wrote chronicling the disease, treatment and the final chapter. They will be presented here as written to family and friends. The development of this site may be a bit slow since I am still in process of coming to terms with the loss of my "kid" brother.