CAMERON, Thomas MCCartney - September 27, 1955 - October 16, 2013 Diagnosed with brain cancer in January 2013, Tom died peacefully at home on October 16th. He was the treasured husband and partner of Lisa (Grant) for 22 years. Proud and loving father to his 3 children (with Darlene Leather) - Dawn (Adrian Haut), Shana (Mike Voituk), and Christine (Adam Solsky); happy grandfather to Cameron Voituk. Son of Mary and Jim Cameron. Born and raised in the Beaches, Toronto. Oldest of 5 siblings - Jim, Jeanie (Cowie), Lisa, and David. Independent and determined, Tom made his own way in the world from an early age. Leaving home at 17, Tom capitalized on his extensive youthful experience in Scouting and the Royal Regiment militia, joining the Canadian Armed Forces as a Military Police Officer. He served in New Brunswick, Ontario and Cyprus. Tom joined the Durham Regional Police Service 7 years later, going on to an accomplished career of 30 years including several years as Team Leader of the Tactical Unit, a tour of duty in Bosnia with the UN International Police Task Force, and outstanding achievements with his officers as Inspector of the Intelligence Branch. A principled man and a natural leader, his character and work ethic inspired success in others. Tom thrived on challenge and adventure in all aspects of his life. He was happiest when he was a man on a mission, big or small. "Plan for the worst and hope for the best." "Improvise, adapt and overcome." Largely self-taught, Tom was a voracious reader and born researcher whose drive to acquire knowledge never faltered. Over the years Tom turned his hand to a wide variety of interests: the Ontario Regiment militia, canoe-tripping, pipeband drumming, WWI, ancestry research, and, just prior to retiring in 2010, getting his pilot's license and a plane. Alongside all his endeavours, Tom was very much a family man. Loyal and devoted to protecting and encouraging his daughters, he did his best to ensure their happiness and independence. With Lisa, Tom shared a deep love and strong partnership. Their active life together always had a new adventure on the horizon. Leaving this world firm in the belief that he will be with all those he loved, Tom is on to his next adventure. Family and friends will be received at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home (5295 Thickson Rd. N., Whitby, 905-655-3662) for visitation on Thursday, October 17th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, October 18th from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. A memorial service honouring Tom's life will be held in the Barnes Chapel Saturday at 2:00 p.m. In memory of Tom, charitable donations to Hope Air (www.hopeair.org) or Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada (www.braintumour.ca) would be appreciated. Online messages of condolence may be made by visiting barnesmemorialfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Toronto Star on Oct. 17, 2013