Tom was a fixture on this block and lived and played his flute outside 360 W 45th St. You saw him there day in and day out, spring, summer and fall, and wherever you were on the block you heard his flute and his exuberant shout of "Hey!" punctuating the breaks. Tom was an accomplished musician--saxophone and flute--and in earlier days played gigs at the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, other clubs both big and small, and even Carnegie Hall. He was a kind soul, always had a good word and a ready joke, and held court on his stoop, being sociable with his many friends, neighbors and passersby. Hopefully you said hello, stopped to chat, or dropped him an occasional dollar. He was kind to children, learned their names and played songs for them spontaneously or by request. He was a big presence on this block. Rest in peace Tom--you will be missed.