Tom Upson passes away

Long time dhamma supporter and practitioner Tom Upson passed away recently, in undisclosed circumstances. It seemed he died in his hotel room some weeks ago.
Tom was a beautifully polite man, even by Canadian standards. He gave me a lot of encouragement in the early days of littlebang, and was always supportive and reassuring. Friends with the ‘old crowd’ who used to frequent the WFB monthly talks, and Tony’s Int. Med. Club, his job at the AUA and then abroad meant he had little contact with us in recent years. More lately some ill health (his legs and hips) kept him away.
A very unceremonius end to a very well-wishing gentleman.
We should all remember not to be complacent, and to make good use of our time, so that we are as prepared as possible when our time comes.
Wishing you well Thomas!

2 replies on “Tom Upson passes away”

  1. Thank you for your comments with respect to Tom Upson’s passing. They are appreciated.

    A couple of points of clarification/correction. First, Tom was never from Canada, (although your comments regarding Canadian civility are appreciated). He was a native of the United States of America. He is an ex-Marine. (Once a Marine, always a Marine!). Second, he was employed, in recent years, alternately with the AUALC (as opposed to ‘AUA’) and with the US Naval Air facility at Diego Garcia in the South Indian Ocean.

    Tom would be pleased to know that he is being remembered on this site.

  2. Tom was my good friend and I shall miss him. I knew Tom from AUA and I kept in touch with him over the years. Tom was a compassionate man and had the interests of other people in his heart. It is with real regret that I have learned of this. I can remember Tom laughing and smiling so easily. It is hard to accept his passing. He was my friend and I shall miss him. RIP brother, Semper Fi Mark P. Ellis

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