Quick Update and Thank You…

I would like to thank all of you for the kind comments, messages, and notes of support after my last field report when I mentioned that my mother was in Hospice care.

Mom passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Sunday afternoon after a long battle with cancer.

Now I’m devoting time to being with family and caring for my father-in-law who was admitted to the hospital ICU on Monday.

Yeah…2024 has had a rather rough start.

Again, thank you so very much for your thoughtful and loving comments and messages. I appreciate them more than you can imagine. Our radio community here is such an amazing one and I’m incredibly grateful.

Thank you!


38 thoughts on “Quick Update and Thank You…”

  1. Thomas, I am very sorry to read this post. I somehow missed your comment the other day. Please accept my condolences and prayers to you and your family. ????????

    1. All those ??? were prayer symbols since I posted on my cell phone.. I cannot edit the comment, but do know I am praying for you. I’m praying your Dad is soon out of ICU as we..


  2. Thomas, I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Hoping your father is well soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    73 de K4WSD

  3. Just walked that road — as live-in care during my mother’s hospice — 3 years ago. My best thoughts, Thomas.

  4. I have been down this road with both sets of parents and it’s a tough one to travel. Prayers for you and your family. With time, your grief will become a bit easier to bear. God bless!!

  5. Condolences and prayers for all. Losing your Mom is never easy and never without pain for those left behind. Your Mom is in the midst of eternal love and warmth.

  6. Had to care for both of my parents in hospice a couple of years ago, it is not fun. Deepest condolences and prayers your way. Your contribution to ham radio is deeply appreciated. Looking forward to seeing you out there again, but you have your priorities in the right order.

    Jess AE0CW

  7. My heartfelt condolences Thomas on the loss of your Mother, I was down the hospice road in 2011 with my Mom .

    Take care, Rick VE1RNM

  8. The older we get the more we have to deal with loses and care giving. And losing MOM, ya, since 1996 and I still miss her.

    We are all here for support.

    God Bless,


  9. Oh Thomas, am so sorry to hear the news. I found that even when it was expected it was acutely dislocating and saddening.
    A lot is being asked from you now and I be wish you peace and strength.

  10. I’m so sorry, Thomas. Prayers for you and your family- also keeping your Father-in-law in our prayers. de WI2C

  11. Thomas, I am very sorry for your loss. From personal experience I know that there es nothing I can say to make this any easier, but please know that we are thinking of you and your family.

    Karl Heinz – K5KHK

  12. Thomas, we will be praying for you, your father and your family. Those of us who have faced this loss understand only a little… still, there is hope and we will continue to pray for you.

  13. Tom, you gave your mother, and are giving your father, the most important gift possible at this stage of their lives: the comfort of knowing that they raised a loving, supportive and compassionate son.

  14. Thomas-

    I am sorry for your loss.

    Thank you for always reminding us to “Be kind to one another…”

    Take care of your loved ones; the bands can wait, and we’ll be here.



  15. Thomas,

    Everyday shared with our loved ones is a blessing. We are not meant for this world though, but are always in preparation for the next. I’ve seen passing of the natural and unnatural order and none are easy. I always find peace from the verse below. Be blessed. Peace be with you.

    Shawn (WS0SWV)

    ”Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”“
    ‭‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭36‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  16. Thomas:

    It is only fitting there is an outpouring of support. You’ve given much of yourself and time to this community. We appreciate all you do and who you are. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care, our friend.

    Teri KO4WFP

  17. Sorry to hear about your mum, Thomas. I hope that your dad-in-law will be better soon. Thanks for all your brilliant articles!
    72 de Clyde G1TCH/F4WEA

  18. I’m sorry for your loss Thomas. I’ll continue praying for you and your family. I pray your father in law gets better as well.

    God Bless,
    Brian W8KBM

  19. Sincères condoléances Tom ainsi qu’aux membres de ta famille.
    Pensées positives pour ton beau-père.

    Que Dieu te bénisse,

    Gerry VE2AW

  20. I hardly expected to be quoting Kermit the Frog at a time like this but in their “Christmas Carol” version he said

    “Life is made up of meetings and partings. That is the way of it”.

    As we get older we seem to have more and more partings and, expected or not, they’re never easy. Please take some comfort in the warm thoughts and support from the community here.

    David W7CDT

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