ALLESTER, Leon Thomas Tom died on Saturday, November 12, 2011, in Nanaimo, B.C. He was born in Powell River in 1917, the son of William and Geraldine, and the last surviving brother to Gerry, Bill, and Pat. Tom was predeceased by his loving wife Margaret. Tom was a much-loved father and father-in-law of Eleanor Lewis and partner Jim Tatoosh, and to Jeff and Tinker Allester. He was the proud grandfather of Heather Pierce (Greg), Tony Lewis, Stuart, Jennifer, and James Allester, and stepgrandfather to Bobbi and Ryan Tatoosh; a great-grandfather to Linden and Kaitlin Pierce, Taelor and Heidi Lewis, and Isabelle Tatoosh. Raised in Chemainus, Tom enjoyed school and sports, including baseball and basketball. After completing his Degree of Optometry in Toronto, he worked a few years before going oversees in 1941 with his two older brothers Gerry and Bill. After 4 years service with radar outfits in England, Tom returned to Toronto and married Margie, before moving to Nanaimo to start his own practice. Tom was actively involved in his community. He was a long standing member with the Masonic Lodge, the Gyro Club, and the Nanaimo Golf Club, proud of his membership number 007. Tom was a kind, interesting, and engaging person who made lasting friends easily. Tom loved his bridge, his breakfast meetings, and his companionships. The White Spot was a favourite place of friendship and comfort. He was a gentleman who approached every day with awe and inspiration, curiosity, and good spirit. He judged no one. He loved his family, as they loved him. He was an inspiring role model, and will be missed by many. Tom and Margie loved the beauty and tranquillity of their cabin at Wall Beach, and spent as much time there as possible. They will be together there once again. In lieu of flowers, please make, as Tom did, a donation to your favourite charity. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 3 2011, at 2 pm at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 29 Church Street, Nanaimo, B.C. 642957
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Nov. 19, 2011