OKC lost a good man today: Celebrating Thomas Rossiter
UPDATE: Services for Thomas Rossiter will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23. Stay tuned for information on how to assist his family.
Ask yourselves, what would you do with six months if that was all you had left?
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That is pretty much what banker Thomas Rossiter faced after finding out what he thought might be a bad sinus infection was in fact far, far worse - an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Rossiter didn't give up. Even as the tumor grew into a large growth extending from his forehead, he continued to go to work, to spend time with family and friends, to advocate for his vision of bringing life back to the old Town of Britton.
I am very, very thankful that in some of the last days where Thomas was still able to get out and about, Mayor David Holt was able to meet with to hear his vision, and that Thomas was reminded he truly was making a difference for our city.
It was Jonathan Dodson who first informed me of Thomas' situation. And it was Jonathan who inspired me to write a column celebrating Thomas' life, a way to let him know, while he was still with us, just how much of a difference he had already made.
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As I wrote in my column last spring, I was only casually acquainted with Thomas until we first met last winter to discuss his redevelopment of Owl Court and his ideas for Britton. It was an inspiring vision and infectious dream.
I assumed that as time moved on, I would get to spend more time with Thomas, learning from him, understanding what is truly possible for our city and its struggling neighborhoods and communities.
Thomas died today. He was 45. He is survived by his wife Yvonne and four kids. As requested by Thomas, a celebration of his life will be hosted at the Tower Theatre in Uptown. I will keep all of you updated with details as they are finalized.