Archive for Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Letter: Father, son

December 4, 2012


To the editor:

It was wonderful to see the piece about the continued jazz scene in Lawrence in the Sunday issue of the Journal-World and, in particular, the focus on both Tommy Johnsons. Tommy Jr. is an excellent trumpet player and tennis player and is working towards his Ph.D. in chemistry at Kansas University. His talent level is obvious.

However, I am so glad that the article also mentioned Tommy Sr., whom we lost on June 17, 2010, from liver cancer. “Big Tommy,” as he was so fondly known, was, quite frankly, one of the most wonderful human beings I have ever met and, like his son, was a great trumpet player and was extremely intelligent. He also had a fantastic sense of humor.

For the last 21 years of his life, Tommy worked for the Community Living Opportunity Group (CLO), which helps mentally and physically challenged people function and live independently. Tommy loved and took great pride in his work, which shows the true nature of this wonderful person. So, whenever the name Tommy Johnson (either Senior or Junior) might appear in future issues of the Journal-World, people should recognize what this family has given to the community.


Noweigh 5 years, 5 months ago

Tommy Johnson, Sr. was a warm hearted, fun and energetic guy that lit up a room whenever he walked in. He used to set up and staff a table on campus with a sign that said "Free advice about anything"....making people laugh and feel good about things. Congrats to Tommy, Jr....your dad was one of a kind!

Phil Minkin 5 years, 5 months ago

I knew Tommy Sr. through softball and various friends we had in common. He was a warm, compassionate and engaging man with a variety of interests. He may have had the brightest and ever present smiles of anyone I have ever known. A gem.

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