This note is from J. Singh Biln, Tom's cousin from Burnaby. My sister and I were at airport this morning but unfortunately the 830 flight was cancelled just before boarding.
We are Tom's double-cousins as my father is Tom's late father Milkha Singh's cousin and Tom's late mother Prasin Kaur is my mom's sister. My parents are in their late 80's so could not attend but pass on their sincere condolences to Trudy, Kevin, Shawn, Patrick and to Tom's sisters Nancy, Beverley, Pearl and Joannie.
My sister Jessie, Kallie and I also send our deepest sympathy to Trudy, the boys, the grandchildren and to our cousins. Baby brothers are not supposed to go before older siblings so we share your loss as we lost our youg brother when he was 39.
Although we have not seen each other often in recent years, we have always admired Tom for not only who he was but also his many accomplishments. In addition to his time with his loving family, Tom was always immersed in sports, civic politics, community service, professional associations, hobbies and business. He truly lived his life to the fullest.
My wife Marion and I particularly admired Tom as a trailblazer who broke the race barrier in his profession during the fifties, the color barrier in politics during the sixties/seventies and the religious/race barrier by marrying Trudy. Marion and I marvelled at their loving relationship and we are very sorry for your loss, Trudy.
All of us will miss Tom.
Jaswant Singh Biln