DEAKIN, Thomas Allen "Tom, Tommy"
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Lieutenant Commander RCN (Retired)
Of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Dartmouth General Hospital at the age of 88. Born in Calgary, Alberta July 29, 1926, to the late Thomas and Catherine (Rintoul) Deakin. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Dorothy (Dot); daughters Suzanne (Gaetan) Claveau, Denise (Gary) Crooks, Kim (Marc) Carver, Shelley (David) Hiltz, all of Dartmouth; sister Shirley Kamp, Calgary; Brother, Raymond (Flory), Unionville, ON; sister-in-law Carol (Marty) Franssen, Calgary; grandchildren Marc Andre Claveau, Scott Carver, Jeffery McPhee, Shawn Crooks, Jennifer Carver, Leanne McPhee, Evan Hiltz, Andrea Hiltz, Lauren Hiltz; great- grandchildren Shiona, Ryan, Madison, McKenna, Gabrielle, Owen, Deakin, Oliver, Ellie, Ava, Drew, Nathaniel and Luke. Several nieces and nephews including special nephew Brian (Brenda) Wolfe, Lockhartville, N.S. Predeceased by brother-in-laws, Jack Pullan, Fred Pullan, and Bill Kamp and sister-in-law Irene Pullan. Adopted Nova Scotia family - Tom and Stella Wolfe, Ede Roberts and Fran Power. Tom was a talented athlete being drafted by the Seattle Mariners as a pitcher in 1945. He obtained his senior matric from Western Canada High (Calgary) and decided to join the Navy instead of pursuing a baseball career. Tom completed Navy boot camp in 1946 and in 1950 was selected to do Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia graduating in 1954. In 1955 Tom relocated his family to Halifax. Then in 1957 moved over to Portland St in Dartmouth where he happily lived until his passing. He served 28 proud years in the Navy retiring in 1973 and then worked with the Province in the Department of Development from 1974 to 1987. Tom was a "Doer" and loved to help make things happen. During his life he was very active in numerous sports… Basketball, Baseball, Bowling and Golf, which he enjoyed enormously. Tom was a Charter Member of Hartlen Point Forces Golf Club – 1962. Club Champion 1968 and 1969. Provincial Mid Amateur Champion Cheticamp 1990. Bowled in several Dartmouth leagues until 2014. Paddling – Commodore Senobe Aquatic Club 1969 to 1972, Manager of the first Canada Games Canoeing team 1969, Commodore of the Canadian Canoe Association 1976 – 1977 then highlighted with being the Chief Canoeing Official in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Tom was a builder for the sport of canoeing and a founding member of the Society for Canoe Championships. Tom was a faithful member of the Church of the Holy Spirit having served on Parish Council and numerous committees. Enjoyed woodworking, dancing, music, photography and his computer. Very proud and supportive of all things family. Enjoyed participating in all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's activities. Dad was happiest when surrounded by his family and friends. Associations – Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS); Naval Officers; Sackville Trust. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 Wednesday, August 13 at Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 14 at Church of the Holy Spirit, Regency Dr., Dartmouth, Rev. Edwin Ebsary officiating. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens following reception at the church. Special thanks to Anson CareGivers; Dartmouth General 3 East; Ocean View Adult Day Program. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Church of the Holy Spirit, Sport Nova Scotia or charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent by visiting
Atlantic Funeral Home - DARTMOUTH
771 MAIN STREET
Dartmouth, NS B2W 3T9
Published in The Calgary Herald on Aug. 12, 2014