THOMAS, Noel Malcolm
December 15, 1931-June 24, 2012
Noel’s passing is marked with deep sadness. As a husband, father, friend, and musician, he earned love and respect from all who knew him. His sincerity and genuine appreciation of those around him made gatherings with friends and family especially magic. Everyone looked forward to being with him.
Noel was born in Kaniva, Victoria, Australia to parents Sydney and Gladys. He married Rose (nee Shatula) in 1957 and the couple came to Canada that year.
Music, particularly jazz, was the thread that ran through Noel’s life. His love for music started when he participated in an Australian brass band as a nine year old with his father. Music accompanied his career in financial administration after his move to Canada. Rose and Noel moved first to Victoria where he played with the Butchart Buskers at Butchart Gardens, one of several bands he joined. His work with Canada Permanent Trust brought the family to Courtenay in 1975.
Noel’s trumpet performances with the Desperation Jazz Band are fondly recalled by Valley residents and fans of the band. He travelled widely with the group to perform and playing was a passion for him that never dimmed. After retirement he continued to play, most recently with The Lensman, a local Dixieland combo.
Over the years, the family property was home to many animals for which Noel held a deep fondness. The family dogs enjoyed his special affection and many hours walking local trails.
Noel is survived by his wife Rose Ewlen of Comox, sons Glenn, Grant (Ann), and Greg (Karla), all of Australia, and grandchildren Myles, Jake, Mackenzie, Lori, Tara, and Ben. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Lyndon and Sydney (Jill) Thomas. Noel will be missed by many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Noel’s musical axiom was “simple melody, clear rhythm.”
Memorial donations can be made to the Comox Valley SPCA. A memorial will be held at 1 p.m., July 5, 2012 at the Comox Valley Funeral Home, 1101 Ryan Road in Courtenay.