Cobb, Thomas R.
Nov 22, 1946 – Dec 7, 2006
Tom passed away peacefully on December 7, 2006 with his loving family by his side.
Predeceased by his father Thomas (Ty) Cobb and sister-in-law Betty King.
Survived by his wife Trudy, daughter Jodi (Greg) Aument, mother Joan Blanche Cobb, sister Suzanne (Jim) Loring, nieces: Carmen (Jeff) King, Carolyn (Neil) King, Jennifer Loring, nephews: Alexander and John Loring, brothers-in law: George (Susan) Radstaak and Derek (Darlene) Radstaak.
Tom was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I. 22 Nov, 1946, to a military family. As a child, he soon showed that he would be a leader. He grabbed life “with both hands” and followed the beat of his own drum. He served in the Canadian Forces, joining at age 14, the army cadets, then army military, then RCAF, and most recently with the air reserves.
Tom was a creator and inventor. The man who built the world’s first “Shabin,” patented the auto transmission for a bicycle and designed the first baby feeding bottle holder and burping apparatus.
Tom was a “man’s man” – fisher, skier, jogger, lover, and philosopher – knowledgeable on world affairs, politics, science, art and history. Tom made time to visit with everyone – loved the “real” people – cashier at grocery store, teller at bank, server at Timmy’s, bottler at wine store. Tom was comfortable and capable with royalty, civic and military leaders and you – all respected him.
Tom loved his family above all else. His wife Trudy was his Princess. His daughter, Jodi, his feminine twin, his nieces as daughters and his pets as confidents and reliable companions.
Tom believed in right and goodness. He lived life fully and professionally. He continually educated himself, taking flying lessons at age 57, trying new culinary creations and planning to take a professional chef program in Spain this spring.
Tom had a keen eye for beauty, was appreciative of nature scenes including landscapes and fine figures. Tom built the first 1-hour photo lab in the valley and helped many people to capture memories on film.
“Tee Cee” most recently served in Dubai, U.A.E. and with NATO in Holland. He was called on for advice often offering the common sense practical approach to tackling problems. Tom loved his military family at CFB Comox and reportedly was able to “Freeze” the female actions on base with his public service radio announcements “Attention all personnel…”
Tom loved family, friends, country, his freedom, community and life. We were blessed to have him in our lives. He will always be a part of our ID!!
Special thanks to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Brown, 3rd floor nurses and room 305 privileges. We are blessed to have this capable and caring medical staff locally.
Service of Remembrance will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday 16 Dec 2006 at the Officer’s Mess at CFB Comox, Lazo, B.C.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the S.P.C.A. Comox Valley firstname.lastname@example.org or Union Gospel Mission www.ugm.bc.ca.