August 16, 1935 – July 8, 2017
Tom passed away after a short illness, in Chemainus, BC. He will be deeply missed by his wife Marilyn, of 61 years, daughter Sandra (Edward Jagusiak), granddaughter Chelsey and grandson “TJ” Thomas, along with brother-in-law Stephen (Wendy) Mould, sisters-in-law Kathleen (Oliver) Bouchard and Dora Mould as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Tom was a descendant of Marsden Road in Courtenay, BC and was predeceased by his parents John and Violet (nee Graham) Marsden, stepmother Violet Marsden, sister Jean and brothers William (Pat) and John (Catherine), nephew John Marsden, fathers-in-law George Mould and Joe Larsen, mother-in-law Florence Larsen and brother-in-law James Mould.
Tom worked over 38 years in the Logging Industry, mostly in the Gold River/Tahsis region, while living in the Comox Valley and retiring at the age of 56. Tom was a member of the Sunnydale Golf Course in Courtenay longer than he was a logger. He was also a member of the Gold River Golf Club. Later, Tom joined the Courtenay Seniors Group. Tom and Marilyn enjoyed the Cumberland Empire Days Parade and Courtenay’s Canada Day Parade as a family tradition, sharing in it with the grandchildren. Tom loved the outdoors, golfing, baseball, bowling, logging, delivering newspapers, picnics, driving, swimming and ice skating. When Sandra was 1 year old, Tom taught her to ice skate at Woodward’s farm in Comox and then taught Sandra to swim at Kye Bay in Comox. When Sandra had her learners licence, he was limited on days available to teach her but he made the best of it. For a month on Sundays, Sandra drove from Comox to Port Alice, then Comox to Gold River, Comox to Port McNeil and finally Comox to Zeballos. That summer, Sandra and Dad drove to Saskatchewan and back, taking Mom along for the ride. In 2013, Tom and Marilyn moved to Ladysmith to be closer to the grandchildren. Tom was a strong supporter of his wife Marilyn, his community and his family.
We would like to thank Doctors Archdekin and Britton-Foster, the Ladysmith/Chemainus Island Health Senior outreach teams and the Chemainus Health Care Centre staff for their support and care.
A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.
In memory of Thomas Marsden, memorial donations would be appreciated by the family to the MS Society, BC Cancer Foundation, Chronic Pain Society or the Alzheimers Society.
Condolences may be sent to www.firstmemorial.ca
Funeral arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services 250-748-2134