When I asked him to consider chairing the United Way Board, he was initially angry and disappointed that no one else had stepped up. He had lived in Glynn only 2-3 years, but took it on with pride and energy soon after. His years on the exec cmte were a major phase of evolution in the team-building, fund-raising efforts and exploration/initiation of the community impact model. It was a great time for me. I felt like I made a bigger difference than ever when I worked with Tom at UW and K&P. He built so many relationships directly and made so many others stronger.
There has been a massive stream of memories resurrected since his loss. A favorite was him delivering Christmas gifts with Bob Brubaker to the neighbors surrounding the King & Prince facility. Another involves countless staff meeting where he refused to let managers BS there way through. If there were problems or lack of progress, we had to own it. another was the time I was in the room as he told a coworker that he would always have a beard and we were all better for it, as he was too scary without it !?!? Ahahaha!
I will continue to pray for this family, this town and this phase to heal soon. It matters much more to me that he is gone too early and his absence forms a painful void for so many that loved him, relied on him, or just had a little better day or better life because of knowing him. I found myself on all three of those paths with Tom, and not surprised to see that so many did, as well. I will always hear his laugh and appreciate his ear and heart that seemed to always be open for me when I needed it most.
Thomas I. Sublett had a huge impact on my life that will live on in a tiny club that includes my father, also gone from us way too soon. I pray for Carol and family's peace of mind and Tom's peace in heaven. Just like my dad, I wish I had listened to him more, spent more recent time and seen that smile a few more times. Soon enough, I guess!
See you all soon with a little more Peace, Love & Laughter in store...