Calkins: Tommy Pacello was given a year to live — and he lived like all of us should

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 17, 2020 1:38 PM CT | Published: October 07, 2020 4:00 AM CT

Tommy Pacello died Monday, Nov. 16. Not long ago, he talked about his diagnosis, his city, his family and his gratitude. He wanted this column as a gift for his daughters. That’s the kind of wonderful dad he was. 

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Geoff Calkins

Geoff Calkins

Geoff Calkins has been chronicling Memphis and Memphis sports for more than two decades. He is host of "The Geoff Calkins Show" from 9-11 a.m. M-F on 92.9 FM. Calkins has been named the best sports columnist in the country five times by the Associated Press sports editors, but still figures his best columns are about the people who make Memphis what it is.


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