Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Jen,
Don't know if you remember me, but my boys, Nick and Brendan Manning, went to All Saints with Thomas.
My boys, just informed about Thomas. I wanted to reach out, I have no words to say as I can't imagine what you are going through( I remember how close you two were, it was something that stood out to me). I am so very sorry for your terrible loss, I am praying for you Jen, that Jesus, will surround you with comfort, and give you strength in the days ahead, I pray he places in your heart a strong knowledge that Thomas is with him, and that the two of you will be together again. I pray he surrounds you with his love, and I will continue to pray that joy will return to you again! God Bless Jen . . . . . Lisa Manning

Posted by Lisa Manning - North Kingstown, RI   September 14, 2016

I took a few moments and went through your Facebook page to see what your son was about~wow! He carried a strong light with him as a young boy and I guess my last vivid memory of him was him making the origami seagull and putting it in my Dads pocket ~ they are probably hanging out with Yankee hats on !
I am so sorry Jen and Gayle. There are no words to truly express any passing of someone so young except that there was a divine plan. What remains in your heart from your son/grandson in memories and how you go forward with the time you had and those beautiful remnants of life that you shared is what we have and hold close! Bless you both~

Posted by Dee Agostinoni - Palm City, FL   September 13, 2016

Tom, you were an amazing coworker. I consider myself so lucky to have gotten to know you over the past couple of years at Staples. Working right next to you every day was the most exciting part of working there. We never knew which pun would come out next. You kept the days there interesting, fun, hilarious and just all around a great time. As much as I despised going to work some days, when I saw that you were on the schedule I could get so excited because I know it would turn out to be a great day. Nick and I still could not thank you enough for helping us move into our apartment. You were always someone anyone could count on no matter what. Helping people seemed like it brought as much joy to you as the people you helped. Words Such as sincere, honest, funny, respectful, honorable and giving are not even all the words that come to mind when I think of you. I regret more than anything that I never got the chance to see you preform at a show however, I did get the chance to see you preform many times at work, or even in the parking lot. I'll never forget the amount of times you would explain bikes, vaping, engines, and trucks to me and I would have no idea what you were talking about half the time but you'd always go into full detail so I could try to understand and enjoy the point you were getting at. I love you, Tom and I miss you like you wouldn't imagine. Thank you for being you and for everything you brought to this world.

Posted by Emma Gardiner - Westerly, RI   September 11, 2016

This time of such a hurtful loss seems as if it will last a lifetime. God promises it won't remain that way. The reality of knowing that Tommy is just starting to spend eternity with Jesus Christ is breathtaking and comforting. May God begin to fill that "heart-shaped" hole in your heart with HIs love. He is faithful to do this. May you be surrounded with many faithful believers and angels. Much love

Posted by Renee Brown - Albuquerque, NM   September 11, 2016


Jen, I can't imagine what your going through. You will somehow get thru this.

Posted by Richard Cardon    September 10, 2016

Rest in peace

Posted by Marc Schmier - Deerfield Beach, FL   September 10, 2016

so sorry for your loss I cant even imagine what you must be going through my heart goes out to you

Posted by Debbie Greer - Bartlett, NH   September 09, 2016

I was lucky to have taught Tom during middle school. He was always so polite and concerned about the feelings of others. I am deeply saddened for his parents who now are left live out their remaining years without their beloved son.

Posted by Edith Thompson - Raleigh, NC   September 09, 2016

I only knew you as a baby and then as a young child... You were a very special young boy and always a joy at the holidays or special times at nana and grampa hibbards. Im sorry i missed seeing you as a grown man. I did admire you from afar and would watch you play your guitar on facebook. God took you way too soon. Your mom raised you right. God bless you ! I'll never forget you.

Posted by Diane Mastersoon - Holden, MA   September 09, 2016

It's so hard to find the words to express the sadness and sorrow. Such a tragady, my heart truly breaks for you all. It's times like this you must lean on those that surround you for love, strength and support. You are in my thoughts and prayers and may Thomas soar with the angels. Much love to you all.

Posted by Lillian Grant Goulet - Hollis Center, ME   September 09, 2016

For the apply of my eye, I will forever miss you. You made me so proud of the man that you became. I only wish I could have seen you grow with a family and your life pursuit. I will forever miss you coming and going in the house, yelling at you to clean your room, our breakfasts at Kelly's and the Yolk, and our many discussions about all things. Your Mother knows you are happy with Jesus, and I await to hold your hand again. - Love Mom.

Posted by Jennifer Hug - Ashaway, RI   September 09, 2016

To the family. I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you at this time.
Psalms 9:9


Posted by A friend   September 06, 2016

I wish I knew the right thing to say to comfort you. I knew Tom from shopping at Staples. My son, Brian (LevitationJones) and he collaborated on a song together and Tom's beautiful guitar playing (and sax too) can be heard throughout the recording. May your memories of your wonderful son bring you peace. Our family sends our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Michele Gardner - Westerly, RI   September 04, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help the Hug family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13

Posted by Carla    September 03, 2016

We are so sad about the loss of Thomas. He was a wonderful boyfriend to our niece Jennifer. His talents clearly impress all he had the opportunity to affect. I enjoyed knowing Thomas and I am deeply saddened by his tragic passing.
The Magliocco Family

Posted by A friend   September 03, 2016

We were friends and I always held him with the highest respect. He was a truly good man and will always stay in my heart and mind. I hurt with you over this tremendous loss.

Posted by J Frame - Wakefield, RI   September 03, 2016

This is heartbreaking news. Our son William new knew Tom from Chariho HS music class. Will enjoyed playing guitar with Tom and admired him as a musician.

Please accept our families deepest sympathy. Karen, Joseph, and William Escher

Posted by Karen Escher - Voluntown, CT   September 03, 2016

I'm so sorry for your loss. In this very difficult time we can look to a wonderful hope of being reunited with our loved ones again in the bible at Jeremiah 5:28

Posted by DaSalla Family    September 03, 2016

Our sincerest condolences to your family! May the True God who hears our prayers and our cries for comfort; heal your pain and console your hearts.-Psalm 54:2-4.

Posted by A friend   September 03, 2016


Keep lighting up the Rhode Island sky with breathtaking sunsets.

Posted by A friend   September 02, 2016


Tom will be missed dearly in our URI music family

Posted by A friend   September 02, 2016

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.

Posted by Frank & Mary Bliven - Westerly, RI   September 02, 2016

Tom was a wonderful young man - so respectful and polite with a smile that brightened the room! My two boys had the pleasure of playing music with him in the Chariho band. He was such an amazing musician - listening to Tom play the classical guitar was memorizing. I enjoyed getting to know Tom through Band Boosters and while chaperoning the Hershey trip. He was such an intricate part of the band and an inspiration to his fellow band members. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.

David, Diane, Matthew & Jonathan Pereira

Posted by - Richmond, RI   September 02, 2016

We are sorry for your loss. I was quite surprised by Tom one day when my husband (Jeff) and I were in Staples and he tracked us down to say hello even though we hadn't seen him in church for some time. Not many teenagers do that. Will miss his smiling face.

Posted by Theresa and Jeff Barber - Gales Ferry, CT   September 02, 2016

I was a customer that he helped. He was such a polite young man. My sincere sympathy.

Posted by Joanna Gradilone - Pawcatuck, CT   September 02, 2016

Tom was one of the most selfless people that I knew. He always knew how to cheer someone up and be there for them, and when he thought the words weren't enough he would play the guitar. I'm going to miss hearing the sweet melodies he brought to the house. My deepest condolences to his family. We've lost someone who can never be replaced in our minds and hearts too soon.

Posted by Christina Paulo - Lincoln, RI   September 02, 2016

Tom will be missed by all than knew him. He will forever be in the hearts of his fellow students and friends. My thoughts are with Tom, his family, and his friends.

Posted by Scotty Travers - Middletown, RI   September 02, 2016


It's difficult to find the right words to say. I'm so sorry that this happened. You're in our thoughts, and forever in our hearts.

Posted by Shannon Kenyon - Ashaway, RI   September 02, 2016

My heart breaks for you. I was Tom's advisor at URI, and I knew him to be a thoughtful, generous and altogether wonderful young man. We had many conversations about his love for music and projected career path, and I sure he would have been a wonderful teacher. Such a tragic loss.

Posted by Susan Thomas - Kingston, RI   September 02, 2016

Dear Jennifer,
My heart is deeply saddened by your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you from family and friends.

With deepest sympathy,

Posted by Bob Nazro - Oakdale, CT   September 02, 2016

Dear Jennifer,

My heart breaks for you as I try to fathom the tragic loss of your son; a very handsome young man with an engaging smile. May your friends and family wrap you in a warm embrace - my thoughts and prayers are with you.

With deepest sympathy and warmest regards,

Posted by John Freeman - Orlando, FL   September 02, 2016


Our deepest condolences on the loss of your wonderful son. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Colette and Tony Recupero - Warwick, RI   September 02, 2016

My thoughts are with you on this sad day. Since I heard the news I have been heartbroken. My deepest sympathies to Jen and anyone who loved Tom.

Posted by Shelley Stroup - Tiverton, RI   September 02, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Tommy was kind, smart, and so musically talented...a great kid all around. He will be missed by so many. May God bless you all.

Posted by Colleen Bigelow - Tiverton, RI   September 02, 2016

To Tom's family and loved ones, I am so sorry for your difficult loss. Tom was a wonderful person and it is heartbreaking to see him gone. He was one of my classmates at URI. I never saw him without a smile on his face or making a joke. He will be deeply missed by everyone he met as he made a mark on everyone he spoke to. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Helen Ianni - Warwick, RI   September 02, 2016

I had hoped to have you in choir one more time, Tom. Not gonna lie--it was a pleasure to have you in class. I am deeply saddened by your death. Tragic. Sudden. Wrong. You were a kind and gentle young man. I watched you laugh with ease with your friends and treat your classmates and me with such respect and interest. I had hoped to see more of what you would do with your music--teaching or not at URI. Brian and I are sending much love and hope for healing to your mom, your dad, and all those who love you.

Posted by Audrey Cardany - Hope Valley, RI   September 02, 2016

I am very sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May all the wonderful memories help you get through this most difficult time.

Posted by Danielle Alexanian - Hebron, CT   September 02, 2016

Tom was a wonderful, kind young man and a true friend. He will be missed greatly. Our prayers are with his family always. -Kathleen Regan, Kaiser Stallman, Hydin Stallman

Posted by Kathleen Regan - Providence, RI   September 02, 2016

We are so sad about the passing of Thomas. He was a wonderful boyfriend to my niece. He was the type of man you'd want your daughter to marry. Our deepest condolences to the family of Thomas. Stellar human being.

Posted by A friend   September 01, 2016

Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Cortlandt Clarke    September 01, 2016


I can't stop thinking about Tom. He played at or Church this past Sunday. What a talent! He went through band at Chariho with my daughter Sarah. Such a nice young man. We are so sorry for your loss.
Sincerely, Mary Turco and Sarah Lefoley

Posted by Mary Turco - Ashaway, RI   September 01, 2016

We extend our sincerest and deepest sympathies. You are in our prayers.

Posted by Lance & Rosemarie Kingsbury - Ashaway, RI   September 01, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Thomas was a kind, thoughtful and beautiful soul and will be greatly missed. Please do not hesitate if there is any thing we can do to help you at this time.

Posted by Beth & Bob Hammond - Cranston, RI   September 01, 2016