By Tom Vartabedian
[Editor’s Note: Tom Vartabedian is not with us any more, but even in death, he was considerate. On October 13, as I checked my emails, I saw a message from Tom with the heading “Last Column.” In the note, he very coolly wrote how this would be his last column, to be published after his passing. “You’re welcome to use this when the moment arrives,” he wrote, leaving me stunned. I dashed off a note to him and he replied that he was heading to Dana Farber for treatment. This longtime columnist who was as decent a man as humanly possible, will be missed, not only for his regular columns, but for his optimism and positivity, getting interviews with many people who were either not well-known to the rest of the community but should have been, or big shots who felt comfortable opening themselves up to this gentle, kind man. The pain ended for you on November 12, but for us — especially for his family and his beloved Merrimack Valley — that wound will always cause us pain. Rest in peace, my friend…]
As the dog said when he bit his tail, “This must be the end.”
After 50 years as a writer and photographer for The Haverhill Gazette, my career as a roving journalist has come to a staggering halt. In the interim, I’ve had the luxury of covering every beat possible.