Monthly Archive: November 2010

The Autopsy

What do I say?  Nothing is going to bring him back, but at least maybe I can get a few answers about what happened to him.  After waiting a whole long weekend and into the next week, this, too, was finally complete.  To be told that basically, the kids did not make any mistakes, they …

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Looking Through His Documents ….

The days between my son's descent from Shasta and Easter were spent getting the feel of the town he called home his last few months and collecting some of his persona effects that I and my family might want, from his impoverished collection of "things". Tommy was never a collector, always a net eliminator of …

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I Understand The Empty Tomb

It would be at least two weeks before I could keep my promise to “bring him home”.  In the meantime, if it weren’t for consoling strangers, compassionate hotel folk, extended check outs, and generous phone privileges, all the planning that had to be done -obituaries, funeral, wake, reception, notifications, etc etc – would not have …

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“The Dreaded Call” Part 2

“The call” that came Monday evening, saw me on my way to my son early Wednesday.  From Redding, CA airport, drove to Shasta – exhausted, weary and emotionally drained.  Conversations had already been going on, funeral homes visited, and “instructions” given to me (do not talk to the press.  Tommy was still up the mountain. …

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“That Dreaded Call” – Part 1

Today , I’m going to return to the beginning of the tragedy.  The feelings and emotions are almost unbearable, even now, over 7 months later…..    ———————————————————————————————————————————– On March 29, 2010, I got one of those phone calls every parent dreads “Tommy is on a climb up Mt. Shasta (northern California) and is in trouble. …

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Free Spirit

Free Spirit describes Thomas Edward James Bennett.  Just twenty-six and a half years old when he made his final tragic ascent up Mt. Shasta in Northern California, in late March 2010, he was – and always will be – a wonder.  He is described by many as “having an old spirit”, by others as “living …

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