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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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FFR brother passed today.

After several years of treated and advancing cancers, Tom Smith of Salisbury, NC left us this afternoon.

Jeff Collins picked up our sister FFRs in December of 2001. I built mine in Fort Mill, SC and Tom in his basement, removing the glass doors when he was finished. We had several Cobra adventures over the years, Whitby Christmas Parties, getting all the way to the LCS and Amelia Island some years back. Tom never put the miles on 3174 as we did MARIAH, but he loved to crank that thing up and run around town with those 4:11 gears. In these past couple of years, pain in his feet limited his outings.

Tom was a RARE life long friend as we shared adventures and mis-adventures from our early teen years in Spencer, NC (some of which we still do not talk about in public!), through our USMC service, raising families, vocations & vacations, building those two FFRs and for the last 30 years, sharing a property line, spring-head and footpath connecting our mountain get-a-ways.

Love your families, treasure your true friends and make memories with both.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-12-2019, 12:20 AM
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Sorry to hear about your friend Phil. Buddy's like that truely do come along once in a lifetime.


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my condolences, thanks to both of you for serving. Just plain sucks to lose friends.

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Condolences to all of his friends and family.


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Phillip, so sorry to hear about Tom. He was a great guy and always ready to talk "car talk",
We will miss him.

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Sorry to learn of your loss Phil. My condolences to Tom's friends and family.

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Condolences. Friends are rare and treasured.
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My thoughts and prayers to Tom's family, and their friends.

It's always sad to hear of another brother passing from the F5 family.

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My heartfelt condolences to you Phillip and Tom's family.
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Prayers to you and Tom's family. Cancer is a real bummer.
Remember him well and he will always be with you.

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So nice that you had the times you did together, and could share the experience and fun, of owning and driving the same kind of cars. So sorry for you losing a good friend.
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RIP brother Cobra owner. I didn't have the opportunity to know you, but feel the loss all the same. Hope you get your own parking space up there. It would be well deserved.
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sorry to hear - lots of great friendships built and maintained via these cars.

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Phillip,

It is hard to find friends that you spend a lifetime of adventures with. It's harder still when you lose them. My deepest sympathies to you and yours, and especially Tom's family.

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Phillip,

I am very sorry to read this. I too have a similar life-long friend and can only imagine the loss you are feeling. Cherish the memories and smile when you think of him.

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That's painful really - sorry to read that.
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