After a lengthy illness Tom passed away peacefully at home his family surrounding him.
Born in Montreal Quebec on September 8, 1924. Tom was raised in Kingston and Sudbury Ontario, the family moved to Victoria in 1936. He served with the Canadian Scottish Regiment in Belgium, Holland and Germany. During one skirmish Tom was captured and held as a Prisoner of War in Germany, before escaping (with some help from the German guards) and returning to his unit. Tom was always proud of his service to our country and would share stories if asked. On his return to Canada after the war Tom attended UBC and obtained a law degree. He then returned to Victoria to practice law for 22 years before being appointed Registrar of the Supreme Court of BC and subsequently becoming the first Master of the Supreme Court of BC. After retiring from the courts Tom returned to private practice, retiring finally in 2010. He was an avid lacrosse player for many years, and was very proud that he was one of the original Foul Bay boys.
Leaves to mourn is wife June of 50 years and children Tom (Donna Bear) and Jennifer, five grand-daughters, Brenna, Aeryn, Zoe, Rhylynn and Greer, sister-in-law Norma Halbert, nieces Connie and Donna Halbert, and great nieces Glynnis and Kendra Morgan, and his loyal dog Oskar. Tom was pre-deceased by his younger brother Bill.
A memorial service to celebrate Tom's life will be held at a later date.
Published in The Times Colonist on Apr. 15, 2014