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HOLMWOOD, Thomas Deacon

March 26, 1941 – September 28, 2011

Tom Holmwood beloved husband of Lorraine of Calgary, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the age of 70 years.

Tom was born and raised in Ontario and attended Northland College (WI) on an athletic scholarship. Tom excelled in many areas of his life, including professionally at IBM, and in athletics specifically baseball, basketball and racquetball.

Tom will be missed by Lorraine, his wife of forty-one years; son Tom (Joanne); daughter Paula (Daniel); three grandchildren, Vlady, Sergiy and Chloe; sister Jean (Doug); sister-in-law Shirley; as well as many other relatives. He was predeceased by his parents Tom and Marjorie, and by sister Bev.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Kidney Foundation or the Alberta Racquetball Association (Junior Programs).

In living memory of Tom Holmwood, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. David (DUTCH) VanMeetelen :

    Lorraine,
    Our heart felt sorrow and condolences go out to you and family. May you find within at this trying time all the zest of life that Tom brought to you and others. As we know Tom he was always an inspiration and up for a challenge, giving his all on and off the r/b court. Tom will be deeply missed at the Fish Creek R/B Fitness Centre.

    David&Lidia

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  2. Audrey Murchie :

    Remembering Tom,
    Sincerest condolences to his family and friends, Audrey Murchie, Barrie, Ont.

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  3. I came to know Tom during the 1960’s. We worked together at IBM,Toronto, in the Office Products Division.
    Tom was a good friend to me.
    My sincere condolences to all Tom’s family members.
    Cal Christie – Guelph, Ontario.

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  4. Cliff Sambrook :

    I too came to know Tom at IBM. He was a great saleman, instructor and mentor for me in my junior sales years at IBM. When I visited Calgary, I remember playing raquetball with Tom, I could never beat him. He was a great guy. My sincere Condolences to all of Tom’s family.
    Cliff Sambrook – Pickering Ont

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  5. I was fortunate enough to get to know
    Tom through the Fish Creek Sports Club.

    I enjoyed the time I spent discussing with him one of his
    life- long passions – baseball.

    One year, while down in Scottsdale, I attended a ball game with Tom
    – he knew as many people in the stands as the locals did!

    What a great 3 hours it was.

    I will be unable to attend the service as I will be out of town on
    business but please raise a “pint” to Tom on my behalf.

    Rest in peace Tom.

    Dave Elliott

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  6. I have known Tom through the Fish Creek club for 10 years. He was an asset to the club, and a friend to many. He will be greatly missed, and fondly remembered.
    My sincerest condolences to his family.
    Leona Faller.

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  7. Lorainne and family, so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You will have lots of good memories of your 41 years together. He had the best smile ever. It was absolutely beautiful. Sincere Condolences to your family and his. Much Love, Aunt Jean Nichol, Guelph, ON.

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  8. Mike & Jackie Pritchard :

    We were shocked and very saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. Our condolences and heartfelt sympathies go out to Lorraine and the entire Holmwood family. May you try and find some comfort in the love of family and friends.
    Tom always had a zest for life that was infectious. He made both mine and Jackie’s time at IBM a great experience. Tom was our mentor, our boss and most of all a dear friend! Tom you will be missed but never forgotten. May God bless you and your family.

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  9. Marjorie N. Hardy :

    Dear Lorraine, Tom and Paula:
    I am so sorry to see the notice of Tom’s passing recently, and want to send my sincerest condolences to all of the family. I remember him so well as an enthusiastic supporter of the Midnapore hockey team that your young Tom and my young Tom played on together so many years ago. He was a vibrant and lively man, and you will have many wonderful memories of your lives together to carry you through these sad times. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Warmest regards, Marjorie Hardy

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  10. Please accept our condolences for the loss of Tom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Your neighbours,
    Pat, Rein, Julia and Liz Saar

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  11. Usher Barnoff :

    I was very surprised and greatly saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. I have been out of Calgary and was when I received the terrible news. It was unexpected by me as I was told that the operation had gone very well before I left. I have known Tom for years and always enjoyed playing doubles with him. He was a superb player for many years and his spirit and enthusiasm for the sport and its continuation and growth through the Junior programs will be sorely missed.

    A great person and athlete… a sad loss for so many.
    His friend of many years,
    Usher Barnoff

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  12. Sorry to hear of Toms passing. When I think of people dedicated to staying fit and enjoying life with a smile I will think of Tom. He played RBall like a Chess master. He was always eager to play and probably lining up a game to play now. I was glad to have known Tom.

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  13. Ros Krenz & Ros Theng :

    Lorraine and family:

    May you find Peace and Comfort in the love of those who care about you.

    With hearfelt sympathy.

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  14. Brenda, Dean and Ava Bonyai (Gibson) :

    Dear Lorraine, Tom, Paula and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. May the love and support of family and friends give you comfort during this difficult time. I fondly remember the Holmwood family as a child growing up in Regina in the late 70’s and 80’s. I was ‘the babysitter’ on evenings when my parents, Brian and Dianne, were out on the town with Tom and Lorraine. My parents treasure the laughter and friendship you all shared. It makes me smile just to think about Tom’s distinctive laugh. I know his sense of humour and easy going personality was loved by all who knew him. You are in our Prayers. Sincerely Brenda Bonyai (Gibson)

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