When I worked in Covidien, our headquarters was in 15 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, in Massachusetts. I had an apartment during the week and worked on to the weekend to Philadelphia. I worked for Covidien from 2007 until 2011. Almost every Friday, I would take a flight from
Providence Airport at T.F. Green Airport. It was small, and it was convenient to use to get on the flight. It took about 35 minutes to send from Mansfield to the airport.
One day, I took my flight, had a short bag, and went down through the security checkpoint. My bag was that I had for my Philadelphia Phantasy when my son and mom had sent me when I turned 50.
One of the TSA agents asked if I played for the Phillies. I said no, but I was a Philly fan. The other agent said that he was from Philadelphia and had grown to school there. I asked him, “where did you go to high school.” He said, “Archbishop Carroll in Radnor, PA.” I looked at him and said I went to the same place. We both looked at him, and at the same time, I said “Mark Alexander” and, he said “Ed Nunez.”
Mark and I were good friends at Carroll, and we both played on the soccer team. We had lost track after we went to college. He told me that he had some medical issues. He told me that he had a severe brain stem stroke at age 44.
I needed to move to the checkpoint, and he told me that he had a chance to get a break and he would connect after my checkpoint. We discussed some time talking and connect our emails.
Every once in a while, he would see him and say hello.
Saw him a while ago at a reunion with our high school soccer team and our coach Tom Gilmore. It was a lot of fun, and I was hoping to do it again soon. Unfortunately, Tom passed away recently. After my stroke, I spoke to him and wanted to make sure I was working hard on my Aphasia stuff.