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FYNEBUIK, Anton “Tom” Albertus

FYNEBUIK, Anton “Tom” Albertus
November 10, 1931 – Den Haag, Netherlands
April 18, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Anton “Tom” Albertus Fynebuik was beloved and cherished by all who knew him. The very best husband and father, he departed this life at 21:50 on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 into pink skies with gusty winds; a good night to take flight.

A Dutch National, Tom immigrated through Pier 21 after surviving the Hongerwinter and WWII. He resettled in southern Alberta to work on a farm before pursuing his career in the culinary arts. Tom especially loved Calgary, his neighborhood, and Banff National Park. He was a fiercely proud Canadian.

The cherished women in his life were numerous and hard headed – and he wouldn’t have had it any other way. He dearly loved his mother, Emma Fynebuik (deceased), and his elder sister, Truus Pronk. He married an artist, Fenje “Fanny” Van der Velde almost fifty-nine years ago, with whom he shared two daughters, Hedy and Karen. He was forever happy when Hedy married Steve, another guy, one who proved to be a great confidant and friend. He took extreme pride in his three grandchildren Chloé (Kristopher), Kristof, and Renée for whom he would always remind to “check your oil” … “finish your education” … “let me know if you need a new car, I’ll get you a deal”; all these bits of wisdom to be shared again with his great grandson, and namesake, Owen Anton. To all, Tom was their greatest supporter. He nurtured their strength and independence, buoyed their dreams and desires, and celebrated their accomplishments, both little and large.

Tom prized good food. He had a life-long love for soups, boterkoek, cheese, buttermilk, and Coca-Cola. Travelling was a passion, and he and Fanny did so extensively, in particular RVing adventures throughout the Pacific Northwest. He excelled at teaching, barbequing, shoveling snow, shining chrome in his oversized garage, living within his means, outsmarting squirrels, and reading The Calgary Herald on which he wrote his daily commentaries, before passing it onto his neighbors – he was decades ahead of Facebook.

He retired as an instructor at SAIT, after twenty-seven years in the Professional Cooking program where he worked with world-renowned chefs, developed culinary arts curriculum, and taught thousands of Albertans sharing his personal practical knowledge. Tom, a Red Seal Chef and active member of the Calgary Academy of Chefs was awarded Chef of the Year ‘82, Educator of the Year ‘88, Member of the Year ‘98, and President’s Award ‘04.

Known for his enthusiastic “Hello!” and signature sparkle, Tom took great pride in his neighborhood, his church community, building deep friendships, caring for all people, and always being there to lend a hand. He was active in community service work, as he would say “We can always do better.”

Tom was a perceptive and gentle man whose empathy was valued by his family, friends, students, and colleagues. He lived with hope and sought harmony. He made us laugh. He lived a rich and wonderful life.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Chinook Hospice for taking such attentive and loving care of him. They would also like to express their gratitude to Dr. Paul Bach for his steadfast guidance and support.

Tom’s favorite colour was blue –  the colour of spirit, devotion, and religious study. At his request we invite you to wear something blue for his Celebration of Life, to be held at the River Park Church at (3818 – 14A Street S.W.) on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Picnic to follow at the Church. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Tom’s honor to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society, 5000 – 11 Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5, Telephone: (403) 253-2059, www.calgaryfoodbank.com.

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  1. ❤️❤️❤️you taught me so much Dad…to always love…be kind and to read widely…❤️❤️❤️…love you to the moon and back! The words of Sogyal Rinpoche, from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying resonate for me in this moment “Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.”

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  2. Rest in peace oom Ton, love to all your dear family,

    Antonio & Terry.

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  3. Oom Ton (Tom)
    During all of his visits in the Netherlands, he brought sunshine into our homes.
    Bless him for that.
    Our heartfelt condolences to all our Canadian realtives.
    Robert en Jeannette

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  4. What a wonderful portrait of Anton ‘”Tom” Albertis and how appropriate for the sympathetic ‘Oom Tom’ we knew. Our memories of Tom are confined to contact via telephone, mail and the (limited) meetings either in the Netherlands or in Calgary, but these experiences were enough to leave a lasting impression of a very gentle, good-hearted man, that we loved to spend time with. We offer our condolences without sadness. We are reconciled with his passing away, knowing that Tom’s wish to make the journey he longed for, was finally granted.

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  5. He was blessed with a loving and supportive family who took
    Very good care of him during his struggles. God bless you all.
    He is in a peaceful place.

    Yvonne

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  6. on Behalf of SAIT's ALIVE

    The members of SAIT’s ALIVE (retired and former SAIT employees and their spouses) extend their deepest sympathy to the Fynebuik Family in the passing of Tom. We are honoured to carry on a legacy of Tom’s recipe of Baked Beans at our BBQ’s held twice a year. Tom will be truly missed by all.

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  7. Shirley Jean Mascherin

    To Hedy and Steve and Family,

    Hedy, I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I remember that you talked so fondly of him.
    My condolences to you and your family.

    Shirley Jean Mascherin

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  8. Shirley Roddick

    Tom and I extend our sincere condolences to Fanny, Hedy, Karen and extended family members on Tom’s passing. What a devoted family you have all been these last few years. Tom was the best neighbor anyone could have for the 45 years that he and Fanny lived across the lane from us. Rest In Peace!

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  9. Bente Birchall (Sorensen)

    Dear Fanny, Hedy & Karen,
    I was saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. It brought many warm & happy memories to mind as neighbours. He was a good, kind & gentle man. May he rest in peace, hope he says Hi to our Dad & Kenny.

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  10. To Chef Tom’s Family:
    In 1984 I entered the SAIT Culinary Arts programme. Chef Tom was one of my really great teachers. Not only did he give me the knowledge and confidence to “cook” well for others but he imparted a very gentle, compassionate attitude towards everyone he encountered. His patience while he taught such a varied group of students was amazing! Each day was started with enthusiasm and also a dedication to give all of his students everything they would need in the world of food preparation.
    I think of him each time I use his timeless recipes, but especially his delicious Rouladen. I am sure there will be a big hole in your lives as you say goodbye to this wonderful man and chef, and you will miss him terribly.
    My sympathy to you all
    Sheila Dexter

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  11. Calgary Academy of Chefs and Cooks

    On behalf of the Calgary Academy of Chefs and Cooks, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your husband, father, and friend. Tom was an integral part of the association throughout his career and a regular attendee after retirement and as a Life Member of the Calgary branch and the Canadian Culinary Federation. The association is grateful for him being the first to step up and volunteer his time and skills for BBQ’s and Oktoberfest events. Christmas celebrations were always anticipated because Tom and Fanny donated one of Fanny’s paintings to be raffled to support a charitable cause.
    Tom spent most of his working career at Sait, where he instructed countless emerging cooks aspiring to become chefs. As a Senior Instructor, Tom helped shape the culinary program to be one of the best in the Canada and recognized globally for excellence. He was a mentor to many, and often a father figure. To many, both students and colleagues, he was ‘Uncle Tom’, a fond acknowledgement of the respect he earned.
    The culinary community and his many friends and colleagues will dearly miss him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Fanny and family at this difficult time and we trust he has at last found peace.
    Sincerely,
    Fred Malley
    President, Calgary Academy of Chefs and Cooks

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  12. Ken and Nicky Popowich

    We have fond memories of Tom roasting a pig for us on our barbeque and of the many times he played the Santa role for our children. He was a great friend of the family and especially our Tom. He will be greatly missed.

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  13. Colin Maxwell

    I worked with Tom (“Uncle Tom”) for six years. He was a wonderful man in so many ways.

    He will be missed and remembered as a kind,gracious and caring person by all who were knew him.

    Colin Maxwell. SAIT

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  14. Harry Valstar

    I was privileged and greatly blessed to be part of Tom and Fanny’s Christian Faith journey for several years after joining the River Park Church.We have great comfort and hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ which we just celebrated once again at Easter 2 weeks ago .We rest in the assurance of God’s gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus.

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  15. Tracey Harris

    I loved being one of Tom’s Gemini girls! Hedy, Karen and I will raise a glass. Safe travels Tom! Hugs to the girls!

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  16. Dear Fanny and family,
    We offer our sincere condolences to you at this time of grieving. Herm and I fondly remember our diaconal visit to you one Christmas. I greatly appreciated the sample of Tom’s turkey spices and the advice for how to roast a turkey from a pro. He was so generous with his talent cooking for the seniors every year. I miss his smile and greeting him at church. May God bless you all with his love and comfort.

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  17. John and Grace Westra

    Dear Fanny and family, We are sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. Even though we did not know him well, we smiled as we read his obituary. He was quite a character with so many different interests and passions. And he chased after all the things he loves doing. Admirable.
    I also want to add that I really liked Tom, in that at the time I was on staff at the church he was always friendly to me personally and never criticized me for anything he might not like personally. He was always happy to engage in conversation inside and outside the church when our paths might cross. And my heart goes out to you Fanny -in your loss of your lifetime friend. God grant you peace.

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  18. Tom Kohl & Brenda Mahoney

    Our condolences and deepest sympathies on your loss. Mr. Fynebuik was a very kind and caring man and will be missed.

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