Today I am remembering Tom Glassey of Castletown in the Isle of Man who died yesterday after a lengthy battle with cancer. I met Tom last summer. He had been blind since the age of two but never let his disability disable him. He loved football (Liverpool FC), loved anything to do with ships and the sea, and had a healthy scepticism for anything to do with politics. He was more than capable of ruffling feathers and rubbing people up the wrong way. He was also passionate, generous, and a wonderful wordsmith whose blogs and emails were gloriously entertaining.
He wrote a book detailing his adventures. "Who's Afraid of the Dark?" was the title. It should be required reading for anyone who thinks life has dealt them an unfair hand.
Tom will be missed. It was a privilege to have known him.