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AVANN, Thomas Alfred

June 5, 1958 – Maryfield, SK
August 23, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Thomas Alfred Avann of Calgary, AB, has passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the age of 56 years.

Thomas was born on June 5, 1958, in Maryfield, Saskatchewan, and he was the first child of Alfred and Lila Avann. The family moved to Moosomin, Saskatchewan in 1959, and this was Thomas’s home for the next twenty years. Thomas attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical) in 1985 and then furthered his studies in Management. Since that time, he has been employed in the oil and gas industry and has worked with many of the major oil companies. Thomas enjoyed the challenge and successes he had with his own businesses – Caber Engineering and Avann Consulting Services. Whether he was in the position of team lead, project lead or running his own business, his goal was always about excellence, challenging oneself and working with others to ensure their successes. Excellence was always a part of what Thomas did. He was an athlete right from the start – he was moved up to older age groups because of his hockey skills. At the age of eleven, he attended the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts as a trumpet player and was noticed by one of the trumpet instructors who then wanted to secure Thomas’s talent and groom him for a music career at his university. He was a cross-country runner and was selected as one of the worthy recipients to carry the torch across Canada when he was in his teens. These characteristics of determination, developing higher skills, and always aiming for excellence are what he expected of himself and others throughout his life. Because of all these characteristics, he was a much respected member of the oil and gas industry. Thomas was an avid cyclist and hiker. He had many long rides through Fishcreek Provincial Park and enjoyed all the wonderful scenery nature provided. He loved exploring Canada and the world, and he was able to explore all but one continent.

Thomas was very close to his family and provided any support and help that was needed. Caring for ailing parents, supporting and encouraging his sister through university, and keeping an eye on the well-being of all members of the family from cousins to aunts and uncles together; these things he did with an open heart. His friends were a large part of his life and he enjoyed kicking back to enjoy a beer, whether it was at a local pub, at a Cub’s baseball game, or across the alley in a garage. This is where he relaxed.

Thomas is survived by his sister Elizabeth (Betty) Upton. Mourning his loss and keeping him in their hearts are his uncle Stu Shing; aunt Anna-Mae Koe; and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Lila Avann.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Thomas Avann, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Pam Burns (Shing) :

    Betty-Ann, so sorry for the loss of Thomas. I need to tell you that I really loved reading the write up describing him. I didn’t know any of those things about him and he sounds very accomplished. Take care of yourself…our condolences.

    Pam, Wilf, Sidney & Riley

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  2. Alan Johnston :

    My sincere condolences to Thomas’s family.
    I was deeply saddened by the loss of a friend and a colleague from my working days. Thomas was my trusted advisor for 15 years on control systems for various projects I was responsible for. His professional guidance and expertise was greatly valued by those around him.
    Although we have not crossed paths for several years, I look back with fond memories of the days we worked together. He will always be remembered.
    Alan Johnston.

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  3. I worked with Thomas very briefly. He was quite a decent man. May he rest in peace

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  4. Tammy Rachynski (Gray) :

    I am truly sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We do not expect to lose our siblings so young. Betty I am thinking of you and hope that you can cherish your memories now and always. Sending hugs your way in hopes to help you through this time of loss. God bless you and your family.

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  5. Richard Loomes :

    Betty, please accept my condolences. I have many fond memories of spending time with Tom at your home. We also used to pass lots of time in your dad’s shop talking hockey and other things. Tom was always intense and focused, even in his youth, and I’m not surprised he was so successful in his professional life. Best regards, Richard

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  6. Betty
    I just wanted to say how nice it was to meet you albeit under tragic circumstance.Thomas was an old friend and neighbor who I have known for many years.We shared a bond of the electrical industry and I too learnt a lot from him. We would do an annual Boys weekend down to see an NFL game and to share a few laughs and a few pints with Vern, Ken, and John !! Also being around the corner from him in Bonavista- I got to see him in the “hood’. He will be missed-if you need any help-pls don’t hesitate to get hold of me.
    Mark Brodrick

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  7. Brenda Hancock :

    I was so sorry to see Tom’s obituary in the World-Spectator. I worked with him at PCS Rocanville when he was a summer student a number of years ago. I do remember both of you being very musical which I am sure made your dad proud. I didn’t realize Tom had gone on to have such a successful professional life. Your write-up sounds like you were very close and that you are very proud of what he accomplished. My deepest sympathy to you for your loss.

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  8. Marleen and Leo Maas :

    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. We enjoyed many days, evenings and events with Tom…enjoying band music and the company of his family. His childhood was shared by so many people through the generosity of his parents and we thank them for that. Our sympathies to Bettyann and family.

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  9. Beverly Sheard :

    I was sad to read Tommy’s obituary . Too young. I was with his Dad’s Good Company Band for many years so I know the music in Tommy and Betty Ann’s life.

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