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On my first day, nay, my first day in the Vicon offices, which was an interview, I sat naively in Tom's office. I can remember fumbling through the interview without much of an idea. However, in the end, I can remember Tom patting me on the shoulder with a big hearty laugh, saying it would be great to have another Aussie around. His first impression was a welcoming one.

On my first actual day in the office, Tom grabbed me and marched me to meet the other Australian in the building. Tom thought it was necessary to ensure once again I was welcome.

Two instances where Tom went out of his way to ensure a new, relatively insignificant twenty-four-year-old person in the company felt welcome. I still carry these as fond memories 18 years later. I can only think of how Tom could be move between all types of people within the microcosm of Vicon and internationally with style, grace and wit. You know he would be similarly at ease in the presence of royalty or on the beach with bogan West Australian Sand Gropers.

I can only think of the lines from If by Rudyard Kipling that summed Tom perfectly.

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
...
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!

Tom was a good man! And we were all richer for it.