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TOBIN, Thomas “Tom” William

January 29, 1946 – March 28, 2013

Thomas “Tom” William Tobin, beloved husband of Jana, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the age of 67 years.

Tom was born in Shawinigan, QC, and lived most of his formative years in St. Lambert on the south shore of Montreal. He completed a business degree at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS in 1968. Tom moved to southern Ontario in 1972, where he started his career in explosives sales and met his wife. He worked for CIL/ICI for many years until he moved with Jana and his two children to Calgary in 1988 to work for Explosives Ltd. He left the explosives business in 2003 and began a second career in real estate until his retirement in 2007.

Those closest to him would say he had a big smile and a soft heart. He was a hunter of ducks and geese and an avid sports fan. He enjoyed a nice glass of wine, morning conversations over a cup of Tim Horton’s coffee, good musical theatre, and walks in Fish Creek Park. He was extremely proud of his children and their accomplishments.

Besides his loving wife Jana of almost forty years, Tom is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Bryce Zurowski; grandchildren Cole and Zachary; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Michelle Tobin; sister and brother-in-law Sheila Follett and Bernie Poetker and their family; sister and brother-in-law Heather and John Conlin and their family; mother-in-law and father-in-law Virginia and John Halpenny; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Claire and Peter Thorup and their family; and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Scott and Denise Halpenny and their family. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Richard and Jean Tobin.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice.

In living memory of Tom Tobin, 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. scott and mary burton :

    Dear Scott and Denise,

    Please accept our sympathy in the passing of your brother – in – law, Tom.

    May your family find wonderful memories to cheer them on the sad days.

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  2. Joyce Nichol :

    Dear Jana,
    I was so very sorry to hear the sad news of Tom’s passing. I know you and the rest of his family will all miss him terribly. I wish there were something I could say that would make things better but there isn’t. I just want you to know that I am thinking of you at this time and that you have my deepest sympathy.

    Joyce

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  3. Jack and Kim Thomaes :

    Dearest Jana,
    Words cannot adequately express our sorrow in the passing of your beloved Tommy. Please convey our love to Jen and Mike and their families as well as to Claire and Scott and their families and your Mom and Dad. I know how close you all have been. Know you will be close to our hearts.

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  4. Gary LeCraw :

    I have very fond and lasting memories of Tom in his St. Lambert years in the early 70’s. Summer golf, winter golf, touch football, visits to our cottage, and through it all, many laughs . . . . ALL good times.
    My deepest condolences to Jana and the family.

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  5. Donna & Rico Di Lello :

    To Jana, Jen, Michael and families, we are so sorry to hear the news. All of our thoughts and sympathies are with you. May all the wonderful memories sustain you.
    All of our love,
    Donna, Rico, Deanna & Michael Di Lello

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  6. Trevor Howes :

    Jen and family . . . sending you all of my best thoughts right now during this challenging time. I’m sorry I’m not there to be with you, but please know I’m there in spirit.

    With much love,

    Trevor

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  7. Barb Thornton :

    Jana dear: Our hearts are all with you especially during this time of extensive family blows. I met Tom rarely, but he left a lasting good and kind impression, and I felt as if I knew him well through your mom’s often-funny tales your life together. You are so much in my thoughts…
    With love,
    (Aunt)Barb

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  8. Stephen Smith :

    My sincere condolences to Jana and all the Tobin family. I will always remember fondly the games of golf Tommy and I played at the “Rock Pile” in St. Lambert.

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  9. Carolyn Coyle :

    To our extended family, the Tobins:
    Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you all at this time. Tommy loved his family and friends so much, which is so evident in his big wonderful smile, and the looks of love and adoration evident in every picture.
    Much love, Carolyn & Mark Coyle

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  10. Rosemarie McGonigle :

    Jana and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and I am sending hugs and prayers your way. It has been many years since we were neighbors, but I remember Tom has being a very kind, and considerate man.

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  11. We were so shocked and saddened to learn of Tommy’s sudden passing. Our deepest condolences to Jana, Mike, Jen and families, to Sheila and her family and to Heather and her family. I know you have many happy memories of Tommy. Thinking of you all.
    Norm and Ann Wilkie

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  12. Jana and family, I am saddened to hear of Toms passing. As a co-worker during his CIL/IC years I had great respect for Tom and his abilities. It is good to hear that his life beyond his Ontario years was full and surrounded by a loving family. I send warm thoughts during this trying time and wish you the best.
    Roy Aspden

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  13. Christopher Mullaley :

    I was saddened to learn of Tom’s death in the Xaverian. Sadly I had not seen Tom nor communicated with him since our days at St.FX but Tom played a big part of my life during our four years of dormitory life there. The sharing of many Morrison Hall lineups, meals and dormitory hijinks during our formative years, made us all, more or less, one big family.

    I well remember Tom’s smile, his kindnesses, his positive thoughts, and his caring ways.

    God love you all during this sad and difficult time.

    Chris Mullaley ’68 St.F.X.

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  14. Ray Mac Adam :

    My sincere condolences for your loss. I was so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing in the spring issue of StFX Alumni News. I lived next door to Tom for Two years in Aquinas residence, during this time we became good friends. I always thought we might meet at a class reunion (45th this years) but I never found the time. Maybe there is a lesson for me here. God bless.

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  15. My deepest condolences. I only learned recently of your loss.I knew Tom as a fellow student at St.FX. I remember Tomn as a very positive person and always knew he would do well. I best remember Tom as someone with a great personality but who also was endeared with character and integrity .
    I went on to graduate in engineering and over the years heard Tom’s name mentioned always positively regarding his business in explosives sales.
    Best regards,
    Cy Monahan

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