It’s been a difficult few days for the friends and family of Thomas Bartholomew, the Wareham man who died after he attempted to go swimming in a bog pond last Sunday. Recovering him from the icy water was a two-day process that led to his identity being announced on Monday, giving an unfortunate resolution to a stressful weekend.

While it’s hard to say goodbye to a loved one, it’s heartwarming to see the kind words from people in the community, especially from his coworkers at the Cape Cod Central Railroad.

After the news became public about Bartholomew’s passing, his place of employment was quick to share a memorial of him on its Facebook page.

The official statement reads, “It is with profound sadness and immeasurable loss that the Cape Cod Central Railroad / Mass Coastal Railroad family mourns the passing of our beloved Chief Mechanical Officer, Tommy. Our thoughts and love are with his family at this time. May he rest in peace.”

From the images they shared of Bartholomew, he seemed to be a positive attribute to their team, with a contagious smile and a passion for the business.

My heart breaks for the many people hurting after his passing and I was moved by the kind words that I read in the comments.

“Tommy, you were always special to me, not only being George and Mary’s son but being a thoughtful caring young man,” wrote Bob Thompson. “I will miss you…blessings to the Bartholomew family.”

Jeremy Bell shared his condolences as well, adding, “He was an awesome coworker to have known. Hope he is still hearing the whistle in the slight canal breeze.”

The kind words continue to pour in for the Bartholomew family as hearts hang heavy in Wareham. His memory will always live on at Cape Cod Central Railroad.

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