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ENTA, Tom

January 8, 1932 – Vancouver, British Columbia
January 5, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Tom, beloved husband, father and grandfather found peace in heaven on January 5, 2018 at the age of 85.

Tom was born in the Vancouver area as the eighth of ten children. As a child, his family was evacuated to New Denver, B.C. and then lived in Manitoba, Southern Ontario and Quebec. After completing an undergraduate degree at McGill University, he received his Medical degree at UBC where he met Marion and later married in 1958. After training in Edmonton, he practiced in Saskatchewan, during the dawn of Universal Health Care in 1961. Tom then moved his family to Wisconsin, where he completed a residency in Dermatology. In 1966, he returned to Calgary to set up his practice and work in the newly completed Foothills Hospital. He was instrumental in the establishment of the University of Calgary’s Medical School and continued his passion for teaching throughout his career. In 2005, Tom was named as one of the Alberta Medical Association’s “100 Honored Physicians of the Century”. He was an active member of McDougall United Church throughout his life in Calgary. After he retired, he shared travel and leisure time with many friends and family.

Tom is survived by his wife of fifty nine years, Marion Enta; two children, Jennifer Enta (Chet Chan), Maureen Elwood (Tom); and three grandchildren, Keiko Chan, Sarah and Jayne Elwood. Tom is also survived by his younger sister, Bernice Yamamoto, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E.) on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, Medicine Scholarships & Bursaries Fund, www.ucalgary.ca/.

The family would like to thank Dr. Dargie and Dr. Chan, as well as the rest of the staff of the Acute Geriatric Unit (AGU) at the Rockyview Hospital, for the outstanding and compassionate care Tom received during the past months.

In living memory of Tom Enta, 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. Willow Jeppson :

    I was so blessed to become acquainted with Mr. Enta this past summer. The first time I saw him, before we’d even been introduced, he smiled and waved, and I felt immediately his warmth and genuine kindness. The next day when I got to meet him and Marion, at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Lenox, MA, I got to have a sampling of his keen mind, witty humor, grateful spirit, and generosity. What a memory he had, and what an infectious laugh and radiant optimism. He even bought me lunch, along with his wife’s and daughter Maureen’s. I will treasure my memories of him and remain grateful that I got to know Tom Enta. With love to Marion, Maureen, Jayne, and the rest of your wonderful family, Willow

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  2. Catherine Caldwell :

    I was a patient of Dr. Enta’s off and on over several decades, and was saddened to read of his passing. He was such a wonderful doctor — so personable, warm, and informative, always so “present” in appointments, making you feel very heard. Like you were the only patient in the world at that moment. There aren’t many doctors like Dr. Enta. Condolences to his family on your loss.

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  3. William Grisdale :

    Sorry to hear of Tom’s death. Tom was a wonderful gentleman.I came to CGH in 1668 and met Tom. He was the only dermatologist to see patients in hospital.He was forever greatful for me supporting the dermatologists at the fees commitee.I will miss seeing him. Bill Grisdale

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  4. Libby Brownell :

    Tom Enta was a very special person
    and doctor
    A wonderful example of human being
    an honour to have known him
    Blessings
    and prayers to Marion and his family
    Libby and Keith Brownell
    and family

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  5. I cried when I saw the picture of that sweet face of his. What a beautiful picture. He was such a nice man and so full of love and fun. I always enjoyed seeing him. Praise to God for his purposeful life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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  6. Barbara Grutter :

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to family and friends on the loss of Dr Tom Enta.
    Our family histories go back in time to two small farms owned by our families on the outskirts of Vancouver. My parents and grandmother were at the train station to bid the Enta family farewell when they left for New Denver so many years ago.
    A few years ago I met Dr Enta at Foothills Hospital and we shared some memories and stories of that time so long ago.
    Again my Condolences to the Enta Family on the loss of a very fine person.
    Sincerely, Barb Grutter(nee Mccluskey, grandaughter of Tilly Cornish)

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  7. Dr. Ralph & Sheila Gurevitch :

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of Tom. We were very good friends practicing together in Calgary. He was Avery honest & down to earth man very kind & compassionate. He will dearly be missed by all friends & relatives & especially by my wife Sheila at the Carriage House.
    Rest in piece my friend.

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  8. Marina R Skulsky :

    Dr Enta was a great teacher at the Medical school. As one of his students from the Class of 1978, I always enjoyed his kind teaching and warm smiles throughout the years. Many blessings to his family.
    Marina Skulsky

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  9. Rev. David M. Crawford :

    Even though my time serving at McDougall UC was quite brief (March-May/14), the people there were so generous with their hospitality and welcoming spirit. I recall Tom as one who exuded a truly magnanimous, quietly gregarious spirit, and who attended many Bible studies, as well as other congregational activities. He supported and encouraged this “fill-in-minister” with grace and humor. Thanks be to God for Tom and the promises of God that meant so much to him!

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  10. Hello Marion, Judy and I were indeed saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a wonderful man and contributed greatly to Dermatology in Calgary.
    May his soul Rest In Peace.
    Allan and Judy Behm

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  11. Dear Marion and Family
    Our sincere condolences for your loss.
    We remember Tom in Montreal during the annual Japanese New Year Concerts where he played his ukulele and sang Tiny Tim’s “Dancing Through the Tulips” A great entertainer.
    We are also indebted to him for being our “matchmaker”. Thank you Tom
    Makoto (Mak) and Audrey Ito
    North Vancouver BC

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