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All Things are not Shining, but All the Shining Things Are

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My mother's husband Tommy Head died suddenly this past Sunday at the age of 67. His death, the mourning of it, and the concurrent celebration of his life by family and friends were windows of wisdom into a life worth living.

Tommy's wake and funeral were attended by more than 1,500 people on cold, snowy New England days and nights. And this not for a man of any great wealth nor fame but for a man who above all else saw the sun rise brightly in his mood each morning and then shared its lifting rays with all he encountered before the day was done.

This easy glide of Tommy's life made all of our lives, easier. And easy, in life and in business, is highly under-rated.

For the 25 years I knew him, Tommy owned a small business - a real estate appraisal firm in Worcester, Massachusetts. Very many dinners at my mother's table were peppered with talk of the agonies and ecstasies of self-employment. Regulation, taxes, technology disruption, pricing pressure and that gripping feeling common to all entrepreneurs of being prey to forces beyond one's control.

But oh what a gift Tommy's small business was to him!

It gave him a way of life - one that allowed him to raise and educate 4 children. And it gave him the profound self-respect of being able to contribute as an earner, a spender, an employer and a taxpayer to his local and national communities.

And in his daily effort, compounded over 30 years and more, Tommy represented that highest form of American business life - the quiet, hard-working man. A man for whom business and career were not pursued instead of time for love and laughter with family and friends, but in addition to it.

I will remember Tommy as a man who worked hard and took time for the little, shining things - for the winks and the smiles and the moments in between. 

For in the end, Tommy had that most profound of wisdoms of knowing that in life, we are measured as much by winning and losing as we are by how we play the game.

R.I.P. Tommy Head.

Jay Turo

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Linda Masterson says

Jay, what a beautiful tribute to Tommy. He thought you were the "best". Take care, will try to get mom down here sometime in Feb. Linda Masterson
Posted at 4:15 pm
Probal DasGupta says

A touching tribute that also underscores on one important message: there is much more to life than just making money. We need to hear this more and more. Thanks for sharing. R.I.P. Tommy.
Posted at 11:52 am
Rahim says

Thank you Tommy...we will miss you. Thank you Jay for sharing a fine story of a great American.
Posted at 4:11 pm
Anthony Pfeiffer says

Jay, this post is an honor and celebration to Tommy Head. It also is a reflection of who you are as a man, son, step son, entrepreneur, husband, father and friend. I love your comment " His death, the mourning of it, and the concurrent celebration of his life by family and friends were windows of wisdom into a life worth living." I never met Tommy Head, but to me you capture your respect and love for him by saying "I will remember Tommy as a man who worked hard and took time for the little, shining things - for the winks and the smiles and the moments in between". May we all learn from Tommy's pattern in life, work and love.
Posted at 8:24 am
Todd Smith says

Jay, what a great tribute - a shining example of the beauty of entrepreneurship and how it can change and affect our lives!
Posted at 11:07 am
Kevin & Linda O'Sullivan says

Well done Jay! As your mother would say, you're the best! Great to see you and so glad to hear all goes well with family. Take care and all the best for continued happiness and success. Warmest regards, Linda & KevinO
Posted at 5:38 pm
Charles Coffey says

Jay, you have my condolences. At the same time, it is obvious to me that the Man has blessed you to carry on in living a full, balanced life.
Posted at 4:36 pm

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