June 14, 1923 – June 7, 2009
Tom was born and educated in Glasgow, Scotland. Following wartime army service, Tom obtained his chemical engineering degrees from Glasgow University and the Royal Technical College in Glasgow. He resided and worked in England, Holland and South Africa before immigrating to Canada in 1956. Tom worked for the Federal Government in Public Health Engineering and Environment Canada. After living for many years in Edmonton and West Vancouver, he retired happily to the Comox Valley where he could pursue his passion of daily golf and engrossing himself in televised European soccer.
Tom passed away after a brief fight with cancer. Besides Fay, his wife of 50 years, he will be missed by his three daughters Heather, Susan and Rhena; sons-in-law Michael and Mark; and grandchildren Nicole, Claire, Cameron and Callum. Tom wished to thank his sister Irene and her kids as well as the many nieces and nephews of his deceased brother Bill in remembrance of the happy times spent with them in Scotland and England.
He loved to walk, camp, travel and swim and will be remembered as a contented, fun-loving and outgoing character. Tom could often be found talking to a stranger he met at the park, wearing his kilt at a party, or thrilling the ladies at the beach with his speedo.
“Do not mourn for me. It’s been a good life and I was blessed with a great wife and three lovely daughters whom I love dearly. My only regret is that I never shot better than a 76.” Tom