A tragedy has struck our town and our community. A family lost a husband and a father. Many of us lost a friend and a mentor. At times like this, it is only natural to ask questions as we try to make sense of something that defies explanation. As we grieve for Tom Sirard and his family, we cannot help but wonder what could have been done differently. In hindsight, we ponder our actions and feel guilt over missed opportunities to reach out and perhaps make a difference. Such feelings are only natural. As we try to come to grips with what has happened, let us also come together and remember the friend we’ve lost.
Tom Sirard was a man and a friend who was truly greater than the sum of his parts. He was a veteran who believed in and loved his Country with every ounce of his being, often putting service above himself. Tom was a passionate, articulate advocate for Enfield and our schools who worked tirelessly for many years helping to give Enfield’s children everything they needed and deserved… especially his own two sons who he loved very much. Tom was someone you could respect for his knowledge and understanding of any issue and was always willing to talk, whether you agreed with him or not, until he thoroughly answered any and every question you had. Tom was a mentor who always took the time to help point future leaders in the right direction and give them a fresh perspective. To say that Tom Sirard was an asset to Enfield would be a gross understatement. He embodied all we could be and what we should be. That I didn’t take the time to let him know that is something I will forever regret.
Now is the time to remember how a life was lived, not how it ended. Let us offer our thoughts and prayers to his family in their time of need and sorrow. As a community, let us remember, with fondness, Tom Sirard for the man he was: a bright, dedicated, passionate and articulate man who stood up for what he believed in and who worked to better the world around him.
Rest well, my friend. You will be missed and will never be forgotten.
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