September 5, 1949 - November 23, 2023
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Thomas Eugene Fellows, who departed this world on November 23, 2023, at the age of 74, surrounded by the warmth of his home.
Tom leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and kindness that will forever remain in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him.
Tom was born to Alex and Teresia Fellows on September 5, 1949, growing up alongside his siblings Bruce, Ruth Anne, Keith, Tim, and Karen in Ethiopia. In heaven, he now reunites with his parents, brother (Bruce), and sister (Karen).
Tom leaves behind his wife, Beth Fellows, and two daughters, Melani O’Leary (David O’Leary) and Gypsi Town (Jesse Town). Tom was a very special grandpa to Capri O’Leary, Trinity O’Leary, Journey Town, Oliver Town, Oasis Town, and Noah Town. He delighted in spending time with them, whether it was going to garage sales, watching football, reading books together, or looking for avocadoes in Belize, the memories they created together will be cherished for generations to come.
Tom was not only a caring father and grandfather but also a beloved uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. His kindness and silliness have left an indelible mark on their lives.
Having been raised in Ethiopia, Tom’s childhood was deeply intertwined with the diverse cultures and the challenges of the region. Tom’s career in international humanitarian work spanned nearly three decades, during which he touched countless lives across the globe. He had a unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life, understanding their struggles and offering not just aid, but mutual respect, dignity, and friendship.
His work was not just a job; it was a calling. In whatever community he found himself, whether working or in his personal life, Tom kept on the lookout for those who were in need of a helping hand. Tom was not only a community builder but was passionate about building the physical places that enriched the lives of the communities he touched. Whether it was a clinic in Sudan, an airstrip in Ethiopia, or houses in Belize and Canada, Tom never met a project he couldn’t tackle.
As a Christian, Tom innately lived out the message of Jesus. As we grieve the loss of a remarkable man, we also celebrate the rich tapestry of a life well-lived.
The family extends their gratitude to friends and well-wishers for their support during this difficult time and over the last few months since his diagnosis with glioblastoma.
A celebration of life to honour and remember Tom will be held on January 8th at 10:00 at the Peggy Hill Team Community Centre (171 Mapleton Ave., Barrie). In lieu of flowers, please consider helping someone in need in your community, or making a donation to Gypsi and Jesse’s Mission work in Japan: click here for donations from Canada, or here for USA.
In our hearts forever, Tom Eugene Fellows will be dearly missed but never forgotten. May he rest in eternal peace.
Make a donation in memory of Thomas Eugene FellowsDonations: Gypsi and Jesse’s Mission work in Japan. For Donations from Canada: https://missions3d.com/jesse-gypsi-town/ For Donations from USA: https://www.sunriseinternational.org/missionaries/jesse-and-gypsi-town/
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