A friend called me at the end of my vacation and told me that Tom had died a couple of days previous. I will be attending the funeral tomorrow with some of my family and friends. It isn't fair that he was taken away from this world at such a young age, but we all know that, within the framework of our best ideals, life just isn't fair. I wish that he hadn't suffered at all, but I am glad he is no longer in pain. Despite my personal anguish associated with him and the harsh circumstances that drove us away from each other, I can honestly say that I am a better person for having known him. May his children and the rest of his family be blessed, find peace, and heal from this. I will post vacation pictures when I am not in such a dark state of mind.
Update: I just got back from the funeral a few hours ago, it was a very emotional, sad day for everyone who was there. It was nice to see that so many people went to pay their last respects. He had a lot of friends. Now, I only hope that his children, partner, and the rest of his family will be able to cope and move on.