The Providence community here in Rhode Island lost a good friend this past weekend. Tom Gomes was a fixture in the bike community working in various shops and as a volunteer in the early days of @rab_providence. There was never a bike swap in the area where Tom wasn’t present selling or buying bike parts. He most recently worked with Scott at @Beardmanbicycles in Wrentham on both bikes and other metal fabrication projects. He spent most of his days (and nights?) at @Machineswithmagnets helping to keep the place running. I met Tom in the 80s at the BMX freestyle shows at Yesteryear Cyclery in New Bedford. We’d reconnect in the 90s at UMass Dartmouth as we both studied engineering (him electrical and me mechanical). There’s a big hole in the hearts of so many of his friends around here. I’ll miss you Tom. You were a great friend. ?

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