After months of Tom being in the hospital, the family found out that he had terminal cancer on November 2nd.  Remaining on the ventilator, Tom was given only a few weeks to live.  Off of the ventilator, he could die that same day ... or perhaps live a few days.  Off of the ventilator, Tom would be more comfortable, and could speak.  The decision was made to let Tom be free of the tube that made him uncomfortable and silent.  Tom would then be moved to a hospice setting in his home, with his beloved dog Comet.  After removing the tube on Saturday, November 3rd, around noon, Tom spent some very quality time with his two children Heather and Erik, his companion Kathy, and his friend & mother of his two children Pat Mihaly.

Shortly after leaving the hospital, Tom experienced a drop in his vital signs, and passed away, never again to go home.

Tom fought a very hard battle to survive.  He loved life.  He loved his children and his dog.  He loved his dedicated listeners at WNIR.  Tom wanted so very much to live!  Today, Tom lives in our hearts and memories.  Rest in peace, Radioboy.




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  Keeping with Tom's love of letting WNIR listeners know when the Space Station was going to pass overhead, we have included "Spot the Station".  NASA’s Spot the Station service sends you an email or text message a few hours before the space station passes over your house. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, though one with people living and working aboard it more than 200 miles above the ground. It is best viewed on clear nights.  Click to Join!

Click HERE to watch the Centennial Flight LIVE at 9:00 am EST

Friday, June 21, 2013


Tom's spaceflight biography on Celestis.com ........  click to read



Centennial Flight Memorial Service

June 20, 2013

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