Tommy Dean Obituary, Death – My sincerest condolences go out to Tommy Dean, a longtime friend of mine who also shared a room with me in the 1980s. Tommy and I lived together for a few years. After learning of his departure, I am filled with a profound sense of bereavement and grief. I’m going to sorely miss having him around. We have known one another for the past forty years, which will be in August, because we first met on the first day of cosmetology school at Robert Lewis in Silver Spring. This will be the case because of how we met. On the first day of class, we had our initial meeting with each other. I am grateful to have had the chance to interact with the larger-than-life persona that he was, despite the fact that you and I are both complicated people who are finding our way through life and that we had lost connection in recent years.
Despite these things, I am pleased to have had the chance to do so. This is despite the fact that there were bumps in the road in our friendship due to the fact that we are both trying to find our way in the world at the same time. My mind is flooded with memories of him helping me study in school, his encouragement of my talents, the holiday dinners I spent with his Dad and stepmother, the beach trips to Ocean City and Rehoboth, the nights we went out dancing in DC to then shopping at a 24hour Kmart at 3am to buy TAB soda and trashbags, our trip to Colorado when I met his Mom, riding around in “The Stinkin Lincoln,” and the many laughs we shared. I will miss him very much.
I am going to miss him a great deal. I don’t think I’ll ever get over how much I’m going to miss him. The image of his face or the sound of his voice is always present in my memory. RIP Tommy