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ACHESON, Thomas (Tom) Norman, P. Geol

March 18, 1934 – Edmonton, Alberta
August 25, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Thomas (Tom) Norman Acheson, P. Geol, beloved husband of Elise of Calgary, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the age of 84 years.

Tom lived in Edmonton, Montreal, British Guiana and Port Edward, BC before moving with his family to Vermilion, AB in 1946. Tom married the love of his life Elise in 1965.

Tom was always a man ahead of his time. In 1952, and six weeks before graduating high school, Tom participated in a student walkout. It was suggested by the school that he not return to graduate. Subsequently, Tom joined and served in the Royal Canadian Navy for fifteen years, finishing his career with the RCN as a Petty Officer First Class. Not one to shy away from a challenge, and deciding he had unfinished business regarding his education, Tom enrolled in Geology at the University of Alberta in 1972. At the age of 38, with a wife and eight month old child, Tom graduated with a BSc (Honours) degree. Despite his university classmates being in their late teens and early twenties, Tom formed life long friendships along with his many navy friends and those he met in his forty-two years in the petroleum industry, all of which he treasured to his final days. In retirement, Tom enjoyed his friendships with his Lake Bonavista coffee group discussing world politics and current events.

Tom’s second career as a geologist was challenging and enthralling. His time exploring the Artic Islands was a highlight of his career. The idea that perhaps he was the first human to ever step foot on a remote landscape continued to provide a never ending sense of awe to him. His unreserved passions and loves of his life were his family, his profession, the outdoors and an illogical attachment to the game of golf.

Tom will be dearly missed by his family, friends and relatives. He is survived by Elise (nee Breault), his wife of fifty-two years; two daughters and a son-in-law Andrea and Dave Sharrock of North Vancouver and Mary Beth Acheson of Calgary; as well as three grandchildren, Aislynn, Teagan and Callum. Tom was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Emma Acheson, and his siblings Robert and Karen.

At Tom’s request no service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Health Trust – Sarcee Hospice, Suite 800, 11012 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615, www.thetrust.ca. A very special thanks to Dr. Sean McFadden, Tom’s miracle worker. His surgical expertise, caring and advice in both Tom’s 2002 lung cancer surgery and 2007 esophageal cancer surgery gave Tom an additional sixteen years of life. This extra time allowed Tom to travel the world and check off his bucket lists, as well as spend precious time with his beloved grandchildren.

In living memory of Tom Acheson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Dr Rick Zabrodski :

    One of the most positive thinking human beings I have ever met. He was kind enough to have coffee and provide guidance to my son after he graduated from geological engineering.

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  2. Bob Tolsma and Kim McLean :

    Mary Beth–our sincere condolences.

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  3. Carmen and John Chrumka :

    Elise, Andrea and Mary Beth – our deepest sympathy on the loss of Tom.

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  4. Thanks, Tom, for the many great golf games shared at Turner Valley.

    Sally Greig and Joe Trudeau

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  5. Jan Gustaaf an Heusden :

    Dear friends and Family of Tom.
    Many years ago, as Tom mentioned, we celebrated some wonderful summers in our Arctic. Tom and I even slept in the same tent. Yes these Pacific days indeed were great. Tom was such a great guy, we will all miss him.
    My condolences to his family and friends.
    Gus van Heusden

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  6. Don & Bonnie Kushnir :

    Dear Elise, Mary Beth and Andrea:

    As neighbours for 40 years in Lake Bonavista, we have such fond memories of Tom. We will miss him dearly, particularly our weekly “meetings” out front mowing the lawns and watering the plants where we would discuss old time geological “war stories”, golf, or the latest family activities. The girls, the grand children, and travels with Elise, were always his favourite subjects.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Don & Bonnie Kushnir

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  7. Tom was a talented and respected geologist who truly loved his profession. We were fortunate having the opportunity of working together in the Arctic
    Tom was tasked with the preparation of the report of our work. He created a thorough and professional summary of our activities. From time to time over the years we would gather with others over a pop or two to exchange stories of experiences in the north and share photographs of our times there.
    We will miss you old buddy!
    Greg and Judy Cave

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  8. Wayne Keedwell :

    Dear Elise, Andrea, Mary Beth and family,
    We were deeply saddened to learn of Tom’s passing. Tom was one of the good guys. He was a valued friend and a keen Geologist who loved his work. His submarine exploits, detailed in his own unique way, thoroughly entertained his Pacific Petroleum co-workers. Tom approached life with integrity, enthusiasm and an unparalleled positivity. We will miss him, his stories and his sharp wit. When we remember Tom, it will be with a smile in our hearts.
    Our sincere sympathy to all Tom’s family.
    With love and a hug, Wayne and Dianne

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  9. Christine Sharrock :

    Elise, Andrea, Mary-Beth, David, Aislynn, Teagan and Callum
    My thoughts are with you all. I shall always remember with great pleasure my several happy holidays with Tom, in various countries, and in Calgary.
    Much love
    Christine

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  10. Jerry and Mary Bourgeois :

    Elise, Mary Beth, Andrea and family
    We met Tom in 1962. At that time I shared quarters with him during his Navy years when we were on course at Stadacona. We became fast friends, a friendship that has lasted throughout the years. I will dearly miss him.

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  11. Donnie Campbell :

    My sympathy to you, Elise, and your family. John and I always enjoyed our chats with Tom at Turner Valley and the times we were lucky enough to play a round with him and with you.

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  12. The Naval Association of Canada, Calgary Branch :

    We offer our condolences for the loss of our fellow Navy veteran,
    Tom Acheson.

    “Hear the prayer of a sailor who served,
    and grant eternal rest deserved.”

    “We will remember them.”

    In memory of Tom Acheson, a donation is being made to
    Calgary Health Trust – Sarcee Hospice.

    If we can assist the family, please contact us at
    The Naval Association of Canada, Calgary Branch
    c/o H.M.C.S. TECUMSEH, “Navy Way” 1820-24th Street S.W.
    Calgary T2T OG6

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  13. Tom’s sister, Karen, was a very important part of my life, which gave me the opportunity to know Tom , Elise and their family. Karen was so proud of his accomplishments and enjoyed seeing his family grow and the love they shared. The fact that he pursued higher education as an older student, tells so much of the kind of man he was. My deepest sympathy to Elise and the family.

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  14. Elise, Mary Beth, Andrea and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you, your daughters, son-in law and grand children. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. It seems such a short time ago that we were working Moms together sharing stories of our kids and husbands. I am sure that Tom enjoyed every minute with his daughters and grandchildren.
    Jean and Peter

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