93, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, May 9, 2014 at Creekside Convalescent Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA. after a long battle with congestive heart failure and dementia. He always said he wanted to "go easy" and so he did. Tom was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 12, 1921. Before his birth his father died of pneumonia and his mother was unable to care for him, so he was put up for adoption. He was adopted in 1924 by Ada and Tom Morin, a childless French Canadian couple who immediately fell in love with the curly headed young boy who held his arms out to them when they visited the adoption agency. They took him to their home, a rural log cabin on a farm in Hudson Bay Junction, Saskatchewan. He grew up working hard, dreaming dreams, finding mischief and always thinking of possibilities instead of limitations. At as early age he played Tom Sawyer in his school play, and he really fit the part. His education ended in the sixth grade, an amazing thing considering all he accomplished in his life. As a young man he wrote a play and dreamed of being in the movies. He was a soldier in World War II, landing at Normandy with the Canadian Forestry forces on day two of the invasion and hauling ammunition to the front lines in the Battle of Bulge. He met the girl of his dreams on a train as a young soldier and they were soon married, sharing a life-long love for almost 70 years. When all his friends said it was impossible, he found a way to follow his dream and get his small family to America where they all became citizens in 1959. Starting in Boulder, CO, he worked at many jobs but finally made it to California, where he was an announcer in Public Television, broadcasting the Academy Awards during one year. He spent 37 years with the United Way, setting records at fund raising and always focused on helping others. Throughout his life he was active in charities and was an Elk, Rotarian, Shriner, and a member of Kiwanis. He worked at four different savings and loan firms, ultimately becoming Assistant Vice President and Bank Manager with All State Savings and Loan where he retired after many years. He wrote a book of his life, A Boy From Saskatchewan. Not bad for a sixth grader.... Early in his adult life he committed himself to his faith in the Lord. As a member, Elder and High Priest of Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he ministered to others for years, preaching and teaching in Long Beach, CA and in Santa Rosa. He was much loved and respected for his wisdom, his love and his boundless sense humor. As Pastor Tom, he officiated at countless weddings, christenings and funerals in the North Bay. Tom never met a person he did not like. His wit and humor were boundless, his love unconditional, his humility ever present and his personal standards were always high. He inspired people to stretch themselves be the best they could be, and do the impossible. Tom is survived by his loving wife Helen Morin, his son Tom Morin and his wife Linda, his daughter Bonnie Larson and her husband Ted, his grandchildren Jeffrey Morin and his daughter Isadora, Jennifer Bednar and her husband Louis and their daughter Luciana, and Allison Van Rillaer and her husband Kevin and their children Jocilyn, Jessica and Joshua. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday May 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa, California. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral and Cremation Services (707) 525-3730.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from May 14 to May 15, 2014