“The death of a parent is like a slap in the face, and it doesn’t get any worse.”
– Tom Breslin, the editor of Boston Business Journal, in his obituary.
“We miss a great guy, a great friend, and we miss his family, too.”
– Jim Cramer, former host of CNBC’s Mad Money, in a Facebook post about his friend and mentor.
“His family and friends will miss him dearly.
He will always be with us.”
– Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, in an obit on the website of his own city.
“He was an angel on the block, a loyal servant and mentor to his peers, and a devoted husband and father.”
– Michael J. Fox, in “The Simpsons” episode “The Treehouse of Horror XXVI,” in which he is a janitor.
“Tom was an exceptional leader and a great, loyal friend.
He was a father figure to all of us who worked with him.”
– Bob Costas, “Saturday Night Live” actor, in the obit, in which Costas says he had a “very special relationship” with Tom.
“As we say in baseball, you never know what you may have found.”
– John Madden, “Monday Night Football” broadcaster, in calling Tom a friend.
“I’ve known Tom since I was a little kid and have been privileged to know him.
He is a good man and a brilliant human being.
He touched so many lives.
My heart is broken for the families and friends of the victims.”
– Bill Murray, “The Bill Murray Show,” in a tweet that read “I love my friend Tom.
His kindness and generosity was contagious.
– “The Today Show” anchor Matt Lauer, in making the tribute.
“This was a great loss to Boston’s economy, its workforce, and its communities.
He gave his life for others.
I’ve lost a friend, colleague, and friend to his work.
His family will miss me terribly.”
– Mark Halperin, “Today” anchor, in writing a story about Tom.
(Halperin said he would be “more than willing” to be interviewed for the story, but the interview will not be aired.)
“Tom died doing what he loved, giving his life to others.
It was not about him, or about the money or fame.
It simply was about helping people.”
– David Letterman, host of “The Late Show,” to the Obituary Society.
“You were the best of us.
Tom was the best person.
You will be missed by so many.”
– Dan Rather, former anchor of CBS’ “60 Minutes,” in making his obituarist.
“One of the greatest and most inspiring human beings I have ever known.
Tom will be remembered as the man who had so much to offer.
I’ll miss him terribly.
I hope you can come by his office and pick him up.”
– Jimmy Fallon, host, “Tonight Show,” and producer, in their tribute to Tom.
Tom would have been 85.
“In this era, it’s a lot to take in, but you can be a better person if you let go of some of the expectations and things that you’ve been told to accept.”
– Ellen DeGeneres, host and producer of “Tonight,” in calling him a “guru of all of life.”
“Tom did not have an easy life.
But he knew how to find peace.
He knew how not to let himself be defined by his past and what he thought about life.
He also knew that when things went wrong, they always had a way of coming out right.”
– Jay Leno, host on NBC’s “Tonight” and host of the syndicated “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” in praising Tom.
It will be up to “The Tonight Show” to decide how the obituarists’ thoughts and feelings are conveyed.
– Tom Hanks, actor, writer, director, producer, producer of films, in commenting on Tom.
He had a passion for helping people.
He made us feel like family.
He loved his family.
– Mark Ruffalo, actor and director, in saying he would like to meet with Tom, if possible.
“The most inspiring, inspiring, wonderful human being in the world.
I want to thank you, Tom, for what you did for me.”
– Jennifer Garner, actor in “Selma,” in saying she would like Tom to come see her.
“My heart is so heavy and my heart breaks for you and your family.”
– George Clooney, actor-director, producer and “Dances with Wolves” co-writer in making a tribute.
His mother and father had called and left messages.
“If he hadn’t been here, Tom would be on a plane somewhere.
He would be in a room,