Tom has always loved his 72 Chevy pick-up truck. It was originally his fathers and later became Tom's only means of transportation. Tom put this truck to great use, piling many friends in the back for rides to the trail heads in Pasadena. It was also a favored source of furniture transportation for all his friends moving around over the years.
By the time Tom met Cindy in 1992 he was still driving his truck. Over the years he replaced the engine more than once and endless other parts. It was not uncommon there were wrenches for knobs and such. He was alway quite inventive in his "repairs".
One time while pulling his boat up to Lake Paris, he and his buddy Carl were filling it with gas without turning off the engine because he was having trouble with the starter. While Carl had the nozzle running into the tank, he sarcastically said he couldn't get gas in the tank as it was being used. The truck guzzled it like it was water. This wasn't the first and definitely wouldn't be the last time the poor old truck would be picked on at Tom's expense, but he wouldn't have changed it for anything.
As the years went by while Tom concentrated on family life it sat in the Belco parking lot waiting for the attention it deserved. Tom spoke frequently about plans to refurbish his endeared 72 Chevy truck and as recent as April this year bought an engine which is sitting in the family garage awaiting its new home under the hood of this soon to be beauty.
His children look forward to the day they can see this truck in all its glory and drive down Colorado Boulevard as their father did so many times.
If you would like to be part of this refurbishment project, even contributing enough for a door handle or windshield wiper will bring his family that much closer to achieving the goal of seeing this beloved vehicle brought back to life.
They look forward to Tom looking down with that great big smile of his and a tear in his eye, proud of his children's love of him and all that made him the great man he has always been.
- Thomas Misik
- Amy Furth
- Yvonne Simonds
- Timothy Peterson
- Bill Montgomery