June 27 1933 – August 29 2008
It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of our “one tough Scotsman”, Tom Wallace, who passed away at the age of 75.
Born in Glasgow Scotland, the second of nine children, Tom came to Canada with his father in 1952, with the rest of their family joining them in Vancouver a short time later. He moved to Royston with his own young family in 1965 and was very active in the Royston Community Club in the 70s. Royston remained his home until his passing.
Except for a period from 1965 to 1976 when he worked as a baker at Super Valu in Courtenay, Tom spent most of his working life in various construction and logging camps throughout the province. He was very popular with the men he cooked for and made many lasting friendships.
In later years he continued forging friendships at various local establishments throughout the Valley.
Tom’s great sense of humor – which he kept to the very end – , his respect for others and his gregarious nature made him popular with all those whose paths he crossed.
He will be greatly missed by many, including his partner of many years Muriel Hutton, his son Mike Wallace, his daughters Sandy (Gary) Franceschini, Lisa (Bob) Baines, his grandchildren Justin (Danielle), Jill, Kyle and Kevin Franceschini, his former wife and friend, Wendy (Keith), Muriel’s children Darlene (Leon) Jervis, Marlene (Wayne) Powel, Richard Hamilton, Andrew Hamilton, Charlotte (Doug) Whitelaw and additional grandchildren Corie, Ben, Drew, Michelle, April, Megan, Brittney, Sam, Caitlyn, Chantel, and Jeremy, as well as great grandchildren Dawson, Madison and Mathew.
Predeceased by his parents, Henry and Sarah Wallace, and his older brother Ian, he is survived by brothers Henry, Stewart, Edward and Robert as well as sisters Margaret, Christine and Morag, special sister-in-law Cathy, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Many thanks go to all the health care providers who did so much for our ‘Grandpa Tom’. He was very appreciative.
There will a gathering for family and friends to commemorate Tom’s life Saturday, Sept 6 at 2 p.m. at the Community Hall in Royston. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Research Foundation.