Sohen (Tommy) Biln
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June 17th, 1939 - March 27,2012 Passed peacefully March 27, 2012 at his home in Castlegar. Survived by his loving wife Trudy, 3 sons, (Kevin, Shawn & Pat) Grandchildren (Brayden, Nathan, Kiara, Madison & Jaden). Celebration of Life to be held at the New Life Assembly, 602 7th Street , Castlegar on Saturday March 31st at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Castlegar Red Cross.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2012.
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March 22, 2019
I remember Skinny very well!!! I was mixed up in UBC Rowing before Skinny. We were at the British Empire games 1958 in North Wales.. I think skinny was at my wedding there.. Jean and I are still partially alive.. We live in Burnaby.. All the Best to the Skinnys familly
Glen Smith
July 23, 2012
I am very sad to learn today, from Tommy and my mutual friend Ken McKenzie, of Tommy's death this past MAR. Several of us palled around together during our days together at UBC in the late fifties.

I always admired Tommy's ability as the thinnest person I knew to actually drop an additional 15 pounds or so at the time of crew competitions. I figured he was so effective that I asked him to volunteer as my consultant when, with a lot more excess to lose, I had a bet with another UBC student that I could lose 20 pounds in a month!

Tommy and I won the bet!

I was always sorry that I had only a couple of other opportunities to see him after graduation and he had established himself as a successful pharmaceutical entrepreneur in the lovely city of Castlegar.

My heart goes out to all his family and his large circle of friends at this difficult time.
Robert Doll
July 9, 2012
Tommy was a great friend at university.
We met as freshmen in 1957.His optimism
and enthusiasm affected all who knew him.
Ken McKenzie
March 31, 2012
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
March 29, 2012
I am really saddened to hear of Tom's passing a few days ago. would really like to get to the celebration of his life however am In Barbados housesitting my sister's two teenagers and her animals until after easter. I will be in contact with Trudy when I return mid april. He was a super person and meant a lot to me. Best wishes to all the family!
March 28, 2012
The Smith family would like to extend their condolences to the Biln family at this time of their great loss of Tommy Biln, husband, father, grand father and pharmacist plus successful business man.
We first knew Skinny Biln as an expert cox of the Canadian Rowing Crews ,First the Gold medal 1958 British Empire Games (Wales) 8+ and Silver Medal Olympic 1960 (Rome) crew.

Skinny Biln has earned his much deserved Final "Easy All". May he rest in peace
Glen Smith MD
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