Trusler, Thomas Ellis

Tom was born in Toronto on April 19, 1947. He was the son of the late Alfred & Dorothy Trusler. Tom passed away on September 10, 2020 at the age of 73 following a long battle with COPD.

Tom was able to spend his final 2 months at home with his loving family who were by his side until the end.

Tom was the loving husband of Karen (White) of 35 years, and the devoted father of Ashley & Kyle, and a proud Grandpa to his precious Lincoln.

Tom taught in the Meaford/Thornbury area for almost 33 years and was a much-loved teacher to his many students who will remember him as “Mr. T”.  His students will remember him for his sense of humour and his love of teaching.

After his retirement in 2001, Tom put his dedication to education to work for the next 17 years at Beaver Valley Community School (BVCS) volunteering in the office photocopying for staff and keeping the copy room neat and well stocked. In addition, he organized and ran the student Milk Program.  He loved to be surrounded by the students he treasured.  He also started attending “The Gotaway Club” (retired staff of BVCS) and he took it upon himself to e-mail them a reminder every month of the breakfast gathering.  He also spearheaded a monthly collection which the Club donated annually to a deserving charity or school program.

Tom also loved to give back to the community.  He volunteered for many worthy organizations but he was best known as the coordinator of the Meaford Good Food Box Program, which he ran with his wife Karen, for over 17 years.  This program has had a wide reaching impact to many in the community.  For many years Tom also collected pop tabs around town for the Pop Tabs for Wheelchairs program.  He expanded the pick up locations and also collected and promoted it in the schools.  Many wheelchairs and scooters were provided to those in need because of Tom’s efforts.

Tom will be remembered for his dedication to education, helping others, and his unwavering sense of humour.  His greatest joys were his family, being surrounded by his students, and to make others smile.

Cremation has taken place.  A casual backyard Come-and-Go Remembrance of Tom’s life will take place on September 15, at 27 Parkview Avenue, from 3-6 p.m.  Due to current Covid 19 provincial guidelines and funeral gathering protocols, social distancing and the wearing of masks are required should you wish to attend.

The family would like to thank Dr. Collins, the VON nurses, ParaMed Services, and Ann at Chapman House, for their compassion, support, and excellent care.  As your expression of sympathy, memorial donations directed to the Friends of the Meaford Library (cheques only please), Meaford Hospital Foundation, Chapman House Hospice or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.  Donations may be made directly or through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E. Meaford, N4L 1B9 or online at www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Come and Go Remembrance: Tues. September 15 from 3 - 6 p.m. Covid 19 Regulations will apply - Rain Date: Sept. 16 from 3 - 6 p.m.

Donations: Friends of Meaford Library (cheques only), Meaford Hospital Foundation, Chapman House Hospice or a charity of your choice.
Make a donation in memory of Thomas Ellis Trusler


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Dave Brown and Joanne Hill
    Friday, September 11, 2020

    I will certainly miss Tom for all the conversations we had at the bowling lanes always chatting about local politics.He sure will be missed by all. Dave and Joanne

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  2. Shirley Daly
    Friday, September 11, 2020

    Dear Karen, Ashley and Kyle.
    We are very sorry to hear of Mr. T’s passing. He was beloved. Our kids remember him with great fondness. He was a good man that gave so much to the Beaver Valley Community. We were so lucky to have him in our children’s lives. He will not be forgotten.
    Sincerely.
    The Frisby family.

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    1. Jen Wright
      Saturday, September 12, 2020

      Tom will be missed in our community by so many. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. Cherish the memories and keep them alive. He will be remembered.

      Jen Jeff Emma and Sara Wright

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  3. Debbie Jack
    Friday, September 11, 2020

    Dear Karen & family, So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Have missed his sense of humour & teasing when I worked downtown. You are all in our thoughts & prayers. Debbie & Bryan Jack & family.

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  4. Sandra Pyatt
    Friday, September 11, 2020

    Dear Karen, Kyle, Ashley & Lincoln
    I have such wonderful memories of working with Tom at BVCS. His organization, teaching and love of his profession showed in how well his students did. I stayed in touch Tom through the pop tab program after leaving BVCS and would meet and chat with him when he picked up tabs at GBSS. The last time he came to pick up, he was so out of breath I said, “next time call me from the car and I will bring them out to you”. He replied, ” got to keep moving Sandi or the end will come faster than I want and I am not ready yet.”
    May wonderful memories surround you and fill your hearts. Cherish them and share them with Lincoln so he knows what a wonderful, caring, kind man his Grandpa was.
    Thinking of you all and sending hugs.
    Sandi Pyatt

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  5. Jennifer and Bill Pearson
    Friday, September 11, 2020

    Karen….Kyle…. and Ashley….
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. We hope your memories are a comfort during the days ahead.

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  6. Rosanne Gallinger
    Friday, September 11, 2020

    My condolences to Tom’s family. I was fortunate enough to work with him at Beaver Valley, many years ago, and later when he and Karen volunteered at Meaford Community School for many years including the time I was principal there. Tom, graciously, included me in the Got-Away club and I so enjoyed reconnecting with the great BVCS folks. Rest In Peace, Tom.

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  7. Brenda Ratcliffe
    Friday, September 11, 2020

    Karen thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time. Tom was so active in the community and will be missed by many.

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  8. Jennifer Dorgelo
    Friday, September 11, 2020

    Dear Karen, Ashley, Kyle and Lincoln
    Thinking of all of you at this very sad time. You’ve lost someone you loved and our community has lost a valuable member. Tom taught 2 of our daughters and certainly “Mr. T.” was one of their favourite teachers especially known for his sense of humour. Tom was a dedicated community volunteer after he retired and many programs benefited from his time and expertise. He will be missed not only by all of you but by many in the community. Family, friends and faith will give you strength when you need it. Take care of each other.
    With my sympathy and friendship
    Jennifer Dorgelo

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    1. Angela Baker
      Sunday, September 13, 2020

      Our thoughts and condolences are with the entire family , Russ and Diane Baker , and Angela Baker

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  9. Bonnie Hammond
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    To Tom’s family – I taught with Tom at Beaver Valley in Thornbury for many years. He was a gifted teacher who was so good with each of his students. He cared about each & everyone of them & they knew that Mr. T. cared! He was always giving – at school & in his community. He will be missed by many. He was special!
    Rest in Peace Tom! We all have so many wonderful memories of you – you will never be forgotten!
    Bonnie Hammond

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  10. Shirley Ann Fulford
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    I’m so sorry to hear the passing of Mr.T. He was a wonderful man. My memories of a teacher, neighbour we will cherish. Thoughts and prayers with Karen and the family ❤️

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    1. Cheryl Barry
      Saturday, September 12, 2020

      Karen and family,

      I am so saddened to hear about Tom’s passing. He was such a great man with a heart of gold. Please know you are in my thoughts during this difficult time.

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  11. Holly (Johnston) Baker
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    As a student of S.V.E, I got to know Mr Trusler, he taught my brother the first year we went there. Mr Trusler always had time to talk with students, laugh with them. Everyone liked him for a teacher. He would always say hi when you you saw him. I can still see Mr Trusler. My deepest sympathy to Karen and his family. Keeping you in my prayers.

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  12. Maureen Knight
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    So sorry that Tom has lost his battle with COPD.
    He was very blessed to have you Karen by his side so he could stay in his own home in his final weeks.
    It was truly a gift for all the family to be able to be there.

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  13. Marilyne Saunders
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Karen, Kyle and Ashley,
    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He will be missed by so many. He always kept me on my toes when he volunteered with me at MCS and BVCS!

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  14. Marion Mower
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Dear Karen, Ashley and Kyle
    Please know that we are thinking of you in your grief and loss. Tom was loved and respected by so many as teacher, friend, community volunteer. Even on those days when he had to be struggling physically he never seemed to lose his good humour and concern for others. He will be so missed.
    Ron and Marion Mower

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  15. Angela Campion
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Dear Ashley and Karen,
    I’ll remember Tom’s smile and laugh everytime I saw him. He always had a nice thing to say. Hugs and prayers to your family.

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  16. Susan Hoadley
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    So sorry to hear about Tom. He was a great guy. He and I always shared a laugh at the photo copier when I was volunteering on my Wednesday mornings at BVCS. Grief is the price we pay for love. Sincerely, Susan Hoadley

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  17. Nikita
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Rest in peace Mr. T!! such a wonderful teacher you were <3

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  18. Wendy (MacFarlane) Stewart
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    I will always remember ‘Mr T’ from not only from my grade 3 teacher at SVE – he always called me Mac … along with his side-kick Mr Lewin, but also long after with school help and always, always a friendly smile on the sidewalk. Cherish your memories. He will be missed but always remembered.

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  19. Bev Ardiel
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Dear Karen, Ashley and Kyle,
    I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing as he lost his battle with COPD. My thoughts are with you all at this time.
    Tom was a kind, helpful and supportive teaching partner for many years as we taught together at BVCS.
    He will be so missed by you, and members of the community.
    Bev Ardiel

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  20. Melissa Hutton
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Dear Karen and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I adored Tom. I volunteered in his classroom before I went to teacher’s college and we had a lot of laughs. Then, when I got a job at BVCS, he was literally the world’s best volunteer! He was so helpful and I liked joking around with him. Tom was thoughtful and kind and will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts.

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  21. Karen Williamson
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    To Karen and family,
    So sad to hear that you and your family have lost Tom. Thinking of you all. I’ll always remember Tom and our conversations. He was always genuinely concerned about others even when he wasn’t feeling so good himself. He will be so missed.
    Take care … Karen Williamson

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  22. Merv and Eleanor Smith
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. A great teacher whom my kids loved. Always a bit of a joke to tell. Mr T was loved by many. He will be missed. Condolences to all the family
    Merv and Eleanor Smith

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  23. Sandi Gray
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Rest In Peace. I remember your smiles in the school hallways.

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  24. Deb Chapman
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    So sorry to hear about Tom.
    Our sincere sympathy Karen to you and your family.
    Tom was a fun guy that everyone liked.
    Deb and Jim Chapman

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  25. Doug Ruest
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Dear Trusler family,
    Tom was an inspiring man who will be dearly missed. He was always so willing to help anyone in need. He was a blessing to our family on countless occasions.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    The Ruest family

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  26. Jennifer Miller
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Karen and Family, So sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. I will forever remember him. We worked together often at BVCS. He was a loving and caring man who dedicated his life to the children and their learning. He will be greatly missed.

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  27. Stephanie (MacLeod) Ottewell
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    So sorry to hear of Mr. T’s passing, my thoughts are with his family. He was such an amazing teacher, I recall his ability to really connect and make you feel as though he truly understood you. I will never forget my year in his class and still have the silver dollar that was my prize for being the best speller of my year (1985/86).

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  28. Lorene Taylor
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    To Karen and family,
    I want to say how much I appreciated Tom for all the support he gave us at the Meaford Food Bank by helping us acquire the vegetables for our Christmas hampers. He made my job as chairperson easier and Tom was also so great to help us sign up clients for the Good Food Box. Tom put in a lot of volunteer hours in our community!
    Thinking of you,
    Lorene Taylor

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  29. Daisy Simmons
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    I was so sorry to hear of Mr T’s passing. I was fortunate to have him as my teacher in Grade 3 and have many fond memories of that year. I hope his family will find comfort in the many memories they shared with him.

    Thinking of you,

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  30. Jennifer Theakston
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Mr. T, you are a treasure to your family, your community and all who were ever blessed to cross your path.

    I’ll always remember your humour and the love you have for your family. My deepest condolences and so much love to them.

    Rest in peace…you made a huge difference while you were on this earth, good Sir!!!

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  31. Bob and Liz Sewell
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish your memories

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  32. Tom Scott
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Karen & family Sincere condolences We will miss his smile & joking ways
    Helen & Tom Scott

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  33. The Marshall's
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Just an all around wonderful guy.

    So sorry for your loss and the loss to the community.

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  34. Darlene Styles
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Karen and Family,so sorry to hear of Toms passing, my heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family at this time…

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  35. Tanja Grasshoff
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Karen and family,
    We treasured Tom as a friendly neighbour who delivered the flyers “ ahead of time”. He truly had a strong sense of community and loved talking to others. We often talked about dogs, his and mine. Thank you for your leadership with the good food box. Organization was excellent and people felt welcomed. I will miss seeing Tom.

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  36. Bill and Isabelle Ridd
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Dear Karen and family
    We are very sorry to hear about Tom. We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time and will keep you in our prayers.
    Isabelle and Bill

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  37. Jan Schultz
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Dear Karen ahd family. My sincere condolenses at this sad time. This is a huges loss for you and our community. Remember all the fun times. Tom was a great guy.

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  38. Barry and Marg Gilray
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Karen and Family thinking of you.

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  39. Helen Ormsby
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Karen and Family,

    Enjoyed all our mini short visits with each other during the busy early years of our children.
    Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mark & Helen

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  40. Laura Giffen
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Mr. T was my third grade teacher at BVCS. He was truly one of my favourite teachers. I have so many fond memories from that year. His humour and generosity will live on in the memories of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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  41. Lisa Almond
    Sunday, September 13, 2020

    Deepest sympathies to Karen and the entire family! I remember Mr.T from my childhood years at SVE and had the pleasure of his teasing and jokes over 10 years of serving his coffee at the Tim Hortons drive thru in Thornbury. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Much love to you all.

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  42. cyndy tyndall
    Sunday, September 13, 2020

    Always a jokester, with comments galore
    we should all model his giving like never before;
    No matter how ill, he continued goodwill;
    Tom had an impact on my educator life,
    we at SVE have had many years blessed by the gift of his volunteer wife;
    Thinking of your family with love
    May he now know peace on the wings of a dove

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  43. Dianna Edwards
    Sunday, September 13, 2020

    It brings tears to my eyes and then a smile as I have fond memories..as do my kids and husband , of his wit and unending care and joy to be in the halls of BVCS. My condolences to his family and wife and friends. He is very special man.

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  44. Frank Bassingthwaite
    Sunday, September 13, 2020

    Dear Karen, Ashley and Kyle
    Janet and I were saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. Tom was a much loved educator and a great community guy. When we lived in Meaford our paths would often cross and I remember many good conversations with him. May your fond memories and those of his many friends comfort you at this time.

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  45. Allan & Pat Eastley & Shauna Eastley - Cook
    Sunday, September 13, 2020

    To Tom’s family – we are sorry to hear about Mr. T’s passing. The Eastley family from Clarksburg, remember Tom as Mr. T.
    I will never forget my husband Allan asking Tom if it was ok to videotape our daughter’s graduation from grade 8 and Tom, in his humorous way, “ yes that is ok if she does not come back to grade 8”. Thanks Mr. T. The Eastley family will miss you.

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  46. Linda Stevenson and Bert McDougall
    Sunday, September 13, 2020

    Karen, Ashley, Kyle and Lincoln,
    Tom was a loving and very kind husband, Father and Grampa. He loved you with all his heart.
    The community has lost a super supporter and friend. Memories will keep his spirit alive for you and all who knew him.
    He will not be forgotten.
    Love to you all,

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  47. Betty Hall
    Sunday, September 13, 2020

    Dear Karen & family, I am sorry for the loss of your soulmate, father. I have been reading all the comments about Tom & am wowed by his love of giving to others. My brother John Kaus would remind me of saving the can tabs for Tom. Tom would always take the time when he saw Johnny to come over and talk ( joke). My thoughts and prayer are with you all!!

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  48. Dorothy (Cramp) Atkins
    Sunday, September 13, 2020

    Karen and family
    Although it has been some time since we had a conversation while at dinner one night I have always thought of Tom with love and special caring. We spent some time together as we grew up because of the closeness of our parents. I trust the wonderful memories you have and the love of the community will carry you through this difficult time.

    My love
    Dorothy (Cramp, Hunter) Atkins

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  49. Cody EATON
    Monday, September 14, 2020

    Mr. T left such a positive mark in our community. He was truly one of a kind ! His sense of humour is something we will never forget. I can still remember his jokes even 20 years after having him. He gave so much to the BVCS that made my time there such a great experience. Thanks for everything Mr. T !

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  50. Ainsley Lewin
    Monday, September 14, 2020

    Tom was a friend and teaching colleague. Steve shared a classroom with him at SVE in his early teaching days. They worked hard and laughed often. I will remember Tom as a teacher and volunteer. He photocopied,, recycled and shared many smiles and jokes. He was always friendly and always had time to talk. The Meaford / Thornbury area will miss his selfless volunteering and friendly face. My condolences and sympathy go to the family. Ainsley Lewin.

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  51. Andrea Lake
    Monday, September 14, 2020

    Mr. T was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and all around an amazing person. He taught me in grade 3 but I also had the pleasure of seeing him and talking to him every week when I worked for the Municipality of Meaford. He cared so deeply for all of his students even after they left his classroom. We’ll miss you, Mr. T, and we will not forget you!

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  52. Dennis & Brenda
    Monday, September 14, 2020

    Our Condolences to Karen and family. Tom will be missed.

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  53. Natasha Muzzell
    Monday, September 14, 2020

    To Karen and family
    To Tom’s sister Nancy
    To Tom’s sons, Jason and Grant

    Deepest condolences for your loved one.

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  54. Diane Haines
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    Dear Karen and family, our sincere condolences to you. May your wonderful memories carry you through the days ahead. He is going to be deeply missed by his family and for all the volunteer work he did in the community.
    Terry & Diane

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  55. Cynthia Loucks
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    So sorry about Tom’s passing. He will be truly missed in the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family

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  56. Peter Evans
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    Jocelyn and I were deeply saddened to hear of Christine’s passing and offer you our sincere condolences.
    Although it was such a short time for you in the Lora Bay community Christine was always an inspiration for her positive attitude and radiant smile through all of the challenges she endured this past year.
    She will always be fondly remember.

    Peter & Jocelyn

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  57. Michael McTaggart
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    Our deepest condolences to you Karen and your family. Tom will be missed by many. Such a kind spirit. We are lucky to have met him.
    Big Hugs
    Mike and Mary McTaggrt

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  58. Donna Brown
    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    Karen & Family
    Our deepest sympathy. Enjoyed working with Tom at the Food Box. He will certainly be missed in the community. No matter how bad a day he was having, he always asked how Orville was doing. Great respect for everyone.
    Orville & Donna

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  59. Kathy Sled
    Saturday, September 19, 2020

    Dear Karen and Family, We will miss Tom and all he did in our community. He always said hello! when we would meet and even after our 2 children were grown, he remembered their names and asked about them. We enjoyed working with him at the community centre putting the Good Food Boxes together! A great guy! Sincerely, David, Kathy, Keith and Becky (Mitchell) Sled

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  60. Laura Needham
    Monday, September 21, 2020

    Dear Karen and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Tom was such an inspiring coordinator for the Good Food Box, each month the program benefited from his leadership and ability to connect with people to make the Meaford program so strong. It was a privilege to have met him through the program, I will miss his kindness and passion for his community. My thoughts are with you at this time.

    Laura

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  61. Elizabeth & Wayne Park
    Monday, September 21, 2020

    Karen, Ashley, Kyle and Lincoln,
    We have just now heard of Tom’s passing earlier this month. We are so very sorry for your loss. Tom was a busy man but he always had time for a friendly chat and a joke or two.
    His dedication to Beaver Valley School is legendary. Karen, I remember that the police once called you because Tom’s car was in the school parking lot in the very early morning hours and they wondered why. Anyone who knew Tom understood why. He was that giving of his time and attention. Hold your memories close. He will live on in the minds and hearts of so people.

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  62. Joan Ramsay-Thorn
    Thursday, September 24, 2020

    Karen, I just found out and will remember Tom with fondness and my thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

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  63. Mary Clark
    Friday, September 25, 2020

    Dear Karen, Ashley, and Kyle,
    I am sad that Tom couldn’t stick around for another decade or two to enjoy his grandson longer and participate in his progress. His was a life well lived. His contributions to his students and to this community are truly admirable and obviously gave him pleasure. He was also a great neighbour who was always good for a lengthy chinwag as we set about our yard work.
    May he have a peaceful rest after a long stretch of fighting to breathe. And I know you will all treasure his happy days in your lives.

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