October 22, 1939 – July 22, 2017
We remember our friend fondly on the one-year anniversary of his death. After a valiant battle with cancer for more than 15 years, he succumbed to its ravages and was at peace at last. We remember his kindness, his caring for his friends, his strong sense of honour and his gentlemanly ways.
He was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, lived with his parents and brother Jim in Cuba, Miami and several parts of the United States before he found his home in Canada. After a short service with Imperial Oil, he attended the University of Guelph and became a teacher. The English Department at Centennial CVI was his second home from 1970 – 1996. His students remember him as a caring man and as a stickler for punctuation, especially for correct use of apostrophes. His colleagues remember him for working hard, for caring about students and for enjoying rum and coke at parties.
Among his wonderful qualities were his deep sense of love for children, his admiration and respect for his parents, his caring for his close friends. Tom’s kindness and generosity was extended to many.
Those who were close to Tom will remember his hearty laughter, his love of learning and his enjoyment of debating ideas. Tom will always be sorely missed.
Phyllis, Susan and Ron