My Final Farewell to Tom Marr: A Mentor, Friend and Patriot (By Nino Mangione)
My Final Farewell to a Mentor, a Friend and a Patriot
By Nino Mangione
(Nino Mangione and Tom Marr at the 2011 Federation of American Immigration Reform Radio Row)
It is with a heavy heart that I say my final farewell to a man who has had such a unique influence in my adult life. Not often do you meet someone especially unrelated where his impact on you serves all the roles of a mentor, a teacher, a colleague, a brother, a father-figure, a grandfather-figure and a truly loyal friend! Tom Marr treated me in such a way where he was all of those!
Over the last 8 years Tom took me for an incredible journey that included meeting some of America’s top law enforcement officials, a 4 Star United States General, riding along the U.S./Mexico border with our Border Patrol Agents, meeting Governors, United States Congressmen,United States Senators, experts and most importantly was meeting local members of the community that simply loved listening and hearing what Tom had to say!
Throughout the journey Tom taught me, gave me advice, set me up for success, encouraged me, went out of his way for me, and even defended me.
At times it seemed that he wanted more for me than I actually wanted for myself and it is because of that I have my biggest regret….If they have social media up there in heaven Tom, I just wanted to take this moment to truly say thank you for everything you have done for me over the years and thanks for allowing me to be a part of something so much more special than I ever came to realize! I am extremely grateful for the memories and may you rest in eternal peace!
God bless Tom Marr, a Baltimore legend and national radio treasure!