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STANTON, Thomas (Tom)

September 11, 1945 – August 21, 2011

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces that Tom passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 21, 2011 following a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 36 years Adele, his cherished daughter Lindsay (Darcy Lien), sister Suzanne (Don Laughlin), brother Michael, brother-in-law Paul (Laverne Whitman) and his many special nieces and nephews. Lovingly remembered by Shannon Cosmescu and Alison Schaeffer for whom he had a special place in his heart.

He was born in Arnprior, Ontario and predeceased by his parents, Earl and Ferne, and sister Sandra. Shortly after graduating from St. Francis Xavier University, he moved to Calgary where he began a lifetime career in the Insurance Industry. He was a successful businessman who deeply valued his strong relationships with his colleagues, many of whom became his treasured friends and confidants. He had a keen mind for business development and excelled in many aspects of the brokerage business. He had a great passion for cars and golf and was a member of Pinebrook G.C.C. where he enjoyed many friendly rounds of golf. He loved to travel to Palm Springs during the winter with his family, who were his greatest joy. Tom was a gifted story teller with an incredible sense of humor and a personality that filled the room. Tom strived to live a life of unconditional love and kindness that can be witnessed in the many close relationships that he maintained. Through Tom’s selflessness, one of his greatest joys came through helping others. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and mentor, and will be deeply missed. His strong values and loving spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew him.

Adele, Lindsay and Darcy extend heartfelt thanks to family and friends whose kind support sustained them through Tom’s illness. The family would also like to thank the dedicated staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for the exceptional care they provided to Tom over the last few months – special thanks to Stephanie who was an angel. Tom – a kind and gentle soul who always said “we just have to put in the effort, the rest is up to God” – and that he did throughout his life, particularly during his illness.

A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, September 2, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222.

In living memory of Tom Stanton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Dear Adele

    I am so sad and shocked to read of Tom’s passing. I’m sorry I never met Tom, he sounds like a wonderful man. Just what I expected of your husband!!! You provided amazing positive support to myself and so many Shell employees over the years; if I can assist you in any way and continue our friendship please contact me.

    Please convey my condolences to Lindsay, Darcy and Shannon also.
    Please take care.
    Eleanor Fero

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  2. Adele and Lindsay,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. His obituary was beautiful and very moving, and spoke eloquently to the kind of person he was. I will be holding you in my heart ’til seeing you next week at the service.
    Jan (Melling) Jamieson

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  3. william/laurie csokonay :

    Adele and family – we want you to know that we are both thinking about you at this time of sadness. We hope that this soon becomes a celebration of his wonderful life where he was part of a loving and wonderful family. Always the best, Bill and Laurie Csokonay

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  4. Margaret Farmer, from Winnipeg :

    Dear June and family. I was so sad to read about Tom, I remember him as a little boy and we ran into one another at the dog shows once in a while. His mom and dad would have been so proud of him finding success and happiness in what he did in life.

    My thought are with you and the family.

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  5. Steve Corbett :

    Adele and Lindsay:

    Although my relationship with Tom was limited I new him from St.FX and periodically we would run into each other in Calgary over the years. I have very good feelings about Tom as he was a sincere and warm hearted person. He embodied the spirit that was “X” and I knew that he was the type of person that could be counted on. You did not have to know him well to see the positive energy flow from him to others. He was a good man and I know that the hole will be deep in your life with his passing.
    God bless you and God bless Tommy.

    Steve Corbett

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  6. Ron & Jean Fenerty :

    Dear Dele;

    We were very sorry to hear about Tommy. He lived a useful and productive life and added to the happiness and well being of many people. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

    With all our best wishes,

    Ron and Jean Fenerty

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  7. Debbie Blenkhorn :

    Dear Adele and Lindsay,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a wonderful man. You are in my thoughts through this sad time. May your memories help you celebrate Tom’s life.

    Take care of yourselves,


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  8. Dear Adele & Lindsay, I was so shocked & sad to hear of Tommy’s passing, that man had such a gentle soul with a wonderful spirit. His out stretched hand & great hugs were always a part of him, along with that boyish smile. I can’t imagine how much you will miss him, please accept my sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts & prayers. God Bless Fran Fraser

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  9. Dick Yee and Land Rover Calgary staff :

    Dear Adele
    We (management and staff) are very saddened to hear the untimely passing of Tom. We all have shared great conversations with Tom on a business and on a personal level as he had become a customer first and then a good friend. There are no words that we can express to share your grief, but we extend condolences to you and your family. We’ll all miss him, to a great gentleman “rest in peace”. Dick Yee and staff

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  10. Garfield Anderson :

    Dear Dell

    Rosalind, David, Susan, Jocelyn and I were all shocked and very saddened at the sudden passing of Tommy. We have such fond memories of him through the years along with you and Lindsay. Christmas was not complete without the Stantons to say nothing of the barbecues, and the many fun times. Lunch with Tommy was always such a special occasion and I felt richer just being in his presence. The obituary was wonderful in that it captured the “spirit” the “essence” of Tom.

    Our love goes out to you, Lindsay, and Darcy at this time. May God bless all of you.



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  11. Brenda Ringdahl :

    Adele, Lindsay and Darcy,
    Carl and I are so sorry for your loss of your husband, father and father-in-law. Tom was such a gem – always willing to help anyone and engage in a lively conversation. I am sure that it brought him great joy to see Lindsay happily married. He will be deeply missed by all of you. I hope you will be consoled by your memories.
    Love to you all, Brenda and Carl Ringdahl

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