Jan 3, 2006, 7:27 AM
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We lost a brother this weekend, Tom Manship Here is a link to further info. Details are being withheld due to respect for Tom and his family, however PM's will be answered, discreetly. Please PM 570 for an address if you have any pictures of Tom you'd like to email for Tom's family. They would love to have them as well as stories, memories, cards etc as they embrace Tom's jumping community of friends just like he did.
Please remember our fallen brother, BASE 515, 516, 570, 700, and 704
Mail to Tom's sister Laurie Norton 241 Hwy 381 North McColl, SC 29570
(This post was edited by blair700 on Jan 3, 2006, 8:27 AM)
His family would love to have pictures of Tom, so to keep them from getting a thousand different discs I told them I would collect them and put them on one disc so please email me any pictures of Tom you have (PM me for email address).
Miss you brother Sorry our New Years toast never happened
This is a sad time for the BASE community. I wasn't close to Tom, but I did meet and jumped with him on several occasions in Twin and in Moab. The knowledge that I will never be able to fall asleep in the wee hours of my car at the Visitors Center parking lot in Twin only to know that I will be awaken by Tom doing one of his early early morning jumps will never happen again.
Fly free Tom ... we will miss you ...
(This post was edited by CanuckInUSA on Jan 3, 2006, 12:44 PM)
Tom i'll miss you ... Sorry we never jumped together properly ...
I'll never forget when you came to see me at BD this year and you handed me a box and said "all my friends carry knives" ... you walked off before i could take a look in the box because somebody asked me a question.
When i opened that box and found the knife, it made me smile ... it was one of the nicest things in a fantastic week ...
It seemed to sum up the spirit of all that i like about this sport ...
Thanks mate, i'll bring you a present when i make to the skies ....
Blair, thank you for posting this when you felt ready...i have no concept of how you feel right now but my thoughts are with you and everyone that was touched by him.
I met Tom when i took Tom Aiello's FJC this past september...we'd just be getting to the park at the bridge to do our first jump of the day and he'd have already done 5, it was amazing.
He was such a nice man. On my 6th BASE off the Perrine the group decided to climb out (Tom always climbed out), I was scared to death but he was so cool and stayed right behind me because I was terrified of falling backwards, I'd never climbed a cliff before and it was scarier than any of the jumps I did that week.
Last week he posted and commented that he was drinking in preparation for jumping all night on New Years Eve, I thought it was hilarious! I started to pm him to tell him that I too was engaged in some pre-drinking activities...but then I didn't send it (I'd been drinking, haha, and didn't know how a drunk pm from someone he'd only met a few times would go over). I wish now I had pressed the reply button.
I went to his web page, and if any of you haven't done so, I encourage you to do the same. In particular read his breakdown of 101 things to do before you die. He did most of the things he wanted to but of the ones he didn't, finding the love of his life is the most poignant.
So Tom, in your honor I will never be afraid to tell someone I care about them, I will never be afraid to drunk pm those that make me laugh (look out ya'll, no apologies).