Juniper, Thomas Phil

'Tom'

Lifelong Meaford and St. Vincent Township resident Tom Juniper passed away at the Meaford Hospital with his loving wife Ruth by his side on Friday May 22, 2020 at the age of 71.

Born in Meaford on April 25, 1949, the son of the late Lawson and Wilma (nee Oppenheiser) Juniper, Tom was an accomplished heavy equipment operator for many years until an unfortunate accident resulted in a lengthy rehabilitation which resulted in his retirement from the work which he enjoyed so much.

In earlier years Tom was an active sports enthusiast participating energetically with local ball and hockey teams and later as a coach. He was a loyal fan of the Owen Sound Attack hockey team in Owen Sound rarely missing a home game while able.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife and companion of some 49 years, the former Ruth Perks, who supported Tom faithfully through his lengthy period of adjustment to his new way of life following that accident.

Tom was the devoted Dad of his daughter Suzanne and her husband Steve Ivanisko of Brantford and son Chris Juniper and his wife Deb of the former St. Vincent Township and a grandfather to Whitney and her husband Brad Shaw and their son Kellen, and Colton Skippen and his partner Heather Smith all of the former St. Vincent Township.

Tom was a dear brother to Peter Juniper and his wife Judy of Fredericton, New Brunswick and brother-in-law to Sheryl and Dave Simon of Meaford.

As Tom wished, cremation has taken place and a family graveside service of committal and interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in the near future and a gathering to celebrate his life will take place at a later date with friends and family.

If so desired as your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

Details

Family Graveside Service of committal and interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford, ON

Donations to Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated
Make a donation in memory of Thomas Phil Juniper


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Joan Smith
    Monday, May 25, 2020

    We are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our thoughts are with you Ruth. Al and Joan Smith

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  2. Sherry Gallinger@hotmail.com.
    Monday, May 25, 2020

    Ruth and Tom, I’m sure you remember my sisters well Marie and Muriel McCausland. I’m sure you went to school together.Ruth remember the “great times of Life”

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  3. Freda A Muscovitch
    Monday, May 25, 2020

    To Ruth and family,
    We are very sorry to lose a neighbour and a good man. We appreciate you on Cedar Avenue. Our family’s condolences.
    Freda A Muscovitch and family
    193 Cedar Ave.

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  4. Colleen Hurst
    Monday, May 25, 2020

    I’m sorry for your loss Chris & family

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  5. Deb Chapman
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Dear Ruth, Suzanne, Steve, Chris and Deb ~
    My heart is heavy for you all.
    I have known Tom since high school and have many fond memories of fun times together through the years.
    Ruth, you have been amazing being by Tom’s side and caring for him for so many years.
    It’s hard for family and friends at this time with Covid that everyone cant be together.
    My sincere thoughts are with you all.
    Love surrounds you
    Deb Chapman
    Jim sends his condolences as well

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  6. Linda Teed
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth, Chris and Suzanne
    Hold on to those great memories you have of Tom, and the fun times you had. It is always hard to lose someone so special.
    Our thoughts are with you at this time
    Linda and Gene

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  7. Darlene Turner
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth I’m sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you .

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  8. Willy &Wendy
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth and Suzanne & Chris, Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Keep your memories close until we can all meet again .

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  9. Ed and Marilyn Ormsby
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth, Susanne, Chris and your families
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Tom. He and I were teammates on a ball team the year Suzanne was born. He was so proud to be a new dad.
    Cherish the memories.
    Ed and Marilyn Ormsby and family

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  10. Dave and Myrna Bumstead
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth, Suzanne, Chris and families. So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a good friend and a very dedicated employee. He will be missed. Dave and Myrna Bumstead

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  11. Dennis & Brenda
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth,Suzanne.Chris. Our condolences to you and we are thinking of you.

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  12. Penny Cann
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    We were sad to hear of Tom passing on. We have good memories and you will have great memories of Tom the husband.dad.grandfather. God Bless.
    Penny and Lonnie

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  13. Shirley Cook
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth ,Suzanne and Chris and families , My sincere condolences .Cherish the memories .Tom has a special place in my heart .He was in the first Kindergarten class I taught .
    Shirley and Fred

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    1. Ruth
      Tuesday, May 26, 2020

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Reply
  14. Mary Adams
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth & family: Our sincere condolences on the loss of a central person in your family. He was a great guy and bore his life altering accident bravely with all of your support. He will be missed. Carl & Mary

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    1. Kathy Gardner
      Tuesday, May 26, 2020

      Ruth, you are my hero.For the last 20 years you have stood by your man,Tom.Hospital visits,operations,doctor visits,and
      Barbequing his favorite food steak. TRY managing your life in Ruth’s shoes.Koodos my best friend.

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  15. Bev and Glenn Caswell.
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Glenn and I were sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You were his rock. Our thoughts are with you and all the family.

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  16. Jim and Coreen Clarke
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth and family: our deepest sympathy to you all. It has been a long struggle for Tom and Ruth you have been amazing. Our thoughts are with you.

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  17. Brad S. Johnston
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth, Suzanne, Chris and Deb: Very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Many fond memories of Tom at the orchard and storage. Tom taught me a lot as a young man. Rest in peace Tom my friend. Brad Johnston

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  18. Tom and Lynn Carbert
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth,Suzanne, Chris and family. Sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. Our families go way back when my father Leighton Vail worked for the Juniper’s construction and knew Tom very well as a young boy growing up. My husband Tom got to know Tom as well,over the years and had many conversations. Our condolences to all of you, it certainly has brought back many memories. Take care Ruth.

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  19. Bev Ardiel
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth, Suzanne, Chris and families,
    We were so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts at this sad time. May your many memories help you find peace now and in the days ahead.

    Harold and Bev

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  20. Bill and Isabelle Ridd
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Dear Ruth, Suzanne, Chris and families
    So very sorry to hear about Tom. We are thinking of all of you and will keep you
    In our prayers.
    Isabelle and Bill

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  21. Bob and Liz Sewell
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time . Cherish your memories .

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  22. Julie wade
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Thinking of you all, so sorry for your loss

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  23. Donna Brown
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Ruth & Family…We send our sincere condolences on Tom’s passing. He was so fortunate to have your care and support at home. Take care.
    Orville & Donna

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  24. Muriel Hindle
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Dear Ruth, Suzanne, Chris and families. Our sincere condolences. Ruth you have been a great partner and caregiver to Tom during his struggles in the last 20 years. We enjoyed each other’s company on many occasions. Have some great New Years Eve pictures. Take care of each other and cherish your memories. David and Muriel Hindle and family.

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  25. Ruth Knott
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Ruth and Family
    It has been a long, hard, rocky road for both of you.
    With heartfelt sympathy
    Wayne and Ruth Knott

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  26. Lorraine Dinsmore
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Dear Ruth,Suzanne, Chris and families.
    Sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our thoughts are with you. Tom was a great guy. Take care of yourselves you have done so much for him and are so caring.

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  27. Frank Bassingthwaite
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Dear Ruth , Suzanne, Chris and families
    Janet and I were saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. I have fond memories of playing hockey with Tom for a number of years and also dealing with him at the garage. Life since the accident has not been easy for Tom or for you who were such great care givers. Our condolences to all of you.

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  28. Marilyn Boulanger
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Ruth and family
    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. The last several years have not been easy ones: the memories of the good times will carry you through. My thoughts are with you.

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  29. Paul & Sharon Dunn
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Dear Ruth & family
    Sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, please accept our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Take care of yourself Ruth.

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  30. Bonnie Hammond
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Ruth & Family – I was sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You are in my thoughts & I will keep you in my prayers at this difficult time. While you grieve, take out those wonderful memories that you have – laugh a lot, cry a little & enjoy what was! It will get easier as time goes on! Bonnie

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  31. Patti Goodwin
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Ruth, Suzanne and Chris,

    We were saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. Cherish your memories. They will help you get through this until the time we can come together again.

    Doug and Patti

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  32. Penny Fligg
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Ruth and family
    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Ruth you have been a real trooper . Take care of yourself Ruth and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.

    Wayne and Penny Fligg

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  33. Ria Bardeau
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Dear Ruth and family, I was so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. It has been a long road and Ruth you are so strong and should certainly have no regrets. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts.
    Ria Bardeau

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  34. Tom and Bonnie Bumstead
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Ruth, Suzanne, Chris and families, so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. We worked together at the dealership for many years. We have a lot of great memories. Even after Tom’s accident he still would come into the dealership to visit. It was always great to see him ride in on his electric bike. Cherish the memories.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Tom and Bonnie

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  35. Ruth
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to leave a message on this page. I’m so grateful for all the expressions of comfort. With sincere appreciation, Ruth and family.

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  36. Trudi and Brian Wiley
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Ruth and family so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. He will be missed!

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  37. Laura MacKenzie
    Friday, May 29, 2020

    So sorry to hear of your family’s loss

    Tom and Laura Vivian

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  38. Phil Oppenheiser
    Friday, May 29, 2020

    Ruth , Chris and Suzanne, So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing and your loss. Our prayers are with you at this time.

    Phi and JoEllen Oppenheiser

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  39. Ken and Brenda Casselman
    Saturday, May 30, 2020

    Ruth, Suzanne, Chris and families,

    We were so sorry to hear about Tom. He was a great guy and will always be remembered. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  40. Colleen Mills
    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Thinking of you all at this time. So sorry for your loss.
    From Ray, Jan, Heather, and Colleen Mills

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  41. Cornfield
    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    Juniper family
    Our heartfelt sympathy to all, as you mourn the loss of a dear loved one.
    Chris & Shelley Cornfield

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  42. Robert Gardner
    Thursday, June 4, 2020

    for Ruth, Chris and Suzanne.
    Sorry to be late, but we didn’t hear about Tom until today.
    Our condolences to the family, it’s been hard for a lot of years.
    It’s too bad, with the covid separations, that Tom couldn’t have a last farewell.
    all the best
    Rob and Lynn

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  43. Bettty Ann Drew
    Monday, June 8, 2020

    So sorry for your loss Ruth. We remember the great times we had in Cuba together. You have been loving and supportive and truly amazing. Think of you often. Bill and Betty Ann Drew

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  44. Evelyn Luongo
    Monday, June 8, 2020

    So sorry to hear of your loss Ruth. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Evelyn and Tino

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  45. Bill & Carol
    Wednesday, June 10, 2020

    We were deeply saddened by the news of Tom’s passing; it certainly has been a long road for you all.
    Tom was the nicest man always stopping in to say hello to us while out zooming around on his scooter.
    May your memories of “better days” bring you peace during this difficult time.
    Since we cannot see you at this time please know we are sending you our thoughts, prayers, and hugs.
    Bill, Carol, Natashia, and Hayden

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