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I don’t make resolutions. Resolutions are like a revolving door that never stops long enough to take action.

People resolve to make changes, whether it is to lose weight, get a better job, be financially sound, be more spiritual, get along better with family, friends and co-workers and do something different.

But there is an ongoing problem with resolutions.

Resolutions are never solved. We go through so many problems, challenges and situations, but if we really want to end these problems, challenges and situations, we have to be willing to create a solution.

It’s that “actions speak louder than words” mantra. We resolve a lot, don’t we? We resolve to follow through on the situation at hand that has been going on forever, but a solution has not been created.

Instead, we choose to get back to it at a later date, then that becomes a few dates later. Suddenly, we are onto a new year.

This year, here’s hoping that solutions to problems increase — whether its personal, professional, spiritual, community oriented — and fewer resolutions are made.

Because, in many cases, resolutions are nothing more than promises broken.

Hours before 2013 arrived, I received a call from local attorney Robert L. Lewis of Robert Lewis and Associates, informing me that his brother, sports and entertainment attorney Thomas “Tom” Lewis, died Dec. 29, Saturday morning, after a five-year battle with leukemia.

Thomas was an attorney since 1981, first working with the late attorney and Gary City Court Judge Frederick T. Work Sr. He joined his brother’s law office in 1983.

If you knew Thomas, as many in the city and throughout Northwest Indiana did, he rarely acted his age, nor did he act helpless. Tom did not allow his disability — he lost both legs in an accident 14 years ago — get in the way of living his life.

He was founder of Pacma Entertainment and, as a boxing promoter, worked with James “Bone Crusher” Smith, East Chicago native Angel Manfredy, and Gary boxer Duke “I Got Next” Tanner in their primes.

He had local and celebrity clients, including R&B award-winning singer Howard Hewitt and actress Keke Palmer (“Aquila and the Bee”).

I came to know Thomas while covering local events; he was a kind, gracious and passionate person. I feel honored to have been one of his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, five adult children and three brothers. His sister, United Steelworkers of America staff representative and former Gary School Board member Josephine Brooks, died last January.

Visitation for Thomas Lewis will be from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Smith, Bizzell & Warner Funeral Home, 4209 Grant St.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Genesis Convention Center, One Genesis Plaza.



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