Tom passed away peacefully and painlessly on his sunny patio with his loving wife Lee by his side, and a glass of red wine in his hand.
He was blessed with a life of joy and wonder having travelled the world, making good friends wherever he went. His younger years in New Zealand and Australia were life-changing events for a kid from the Caribou.
His fishing career, both commercial and sport, was everything he could wish a job to be.
To his dear friends in New Zealand, the wonderful Bouchier family, Tony and Jo, Tineke, Hanneke and Randall, special thanks for your kindness and hospitality, and wonderful food and wine on our last visit in January/February. To Dennis and Yong, thanks for sharing the trip with us, it was amazing. And to all our great friends in Australia and Vancouver your support has been amazing. Cruising with the McNees, Smiths, Tuckers, and Richards was just the best.
To our dear friend Nancy, thanks for helping us through this difficult journey, you have been so wonderfully supportive and kind.
Thank you to the kind people at MAiD and thank you to Dr. Eric Yoshida for your compassionate and attentive care over the years.
Tom lived and died at his own time and on his own terms.
His ashes will be spread in the sea on the west coast of Haida Gwaii by his good mate Billy Y. Tom hopes the current will take him back to the land of the great white cloud.
He goes to join his dear friend Sandy who has gone before to arrange the tee time.
Please raise a glass at sunset in Tom’s memory and know he loved you all.
Link to Thomas Victor slide show on Google Drive (no need for a Google account). Just click on the link, press play, turn your sound on, and toast to Tom!
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Dennis and Yong
Tom passed today and he takes a bit of our lives with him. He was a friend we loved and cherished and can never be replaced. He lives on in our memory and will be with us forever. RIP mate. You will be missed.
Kathy Tucker Allan
Tom was a big part of my Dad’s life and the entire Tucker family is grieving with you, Lee. I will remember his wit, kindness, and the twinkle in his eyes. He always had time for my Dad, even when he was ill himself. Hopefully, he and Sandy are already drinking wine and playing golf together. Much love,
Kathy (Tucker), Jamie, Sam and Charlie
The passing of Tom is a giant loss to all of us and above all to you. He was a wonderful man who was generous, kind, funny, and ever-helpful. And, of course, he was your steadfast lifelong loving companion. Both of you have added friendship, joy, and love to many many lives, including ours, and his passing must leave a huge hole in your heart.
Tom will be sadly missed. We’re toasting Tom with a fine red wine in hand and tears in our eyes.
Much love, Nancy and Ron
Lee, so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, but I like that he did it his way. Perhaps, we should be singing “My Way”. When I think of Tom, I always hear his laugh – he had a great laugh and laughed often! It was wonderful that he got to go back to visit his friends in Australia and New Zealand. My thoughts are with you, Lee.
My love and condolences,
We have lost one of the good guys. Sandy loved Tom like a favourite brother. Our family and I so appreciate the caring way he helped Sandy through his difficulties. In my heart they are together getting up to some mischief and of course drinking a fine red wine.
Lee, you and Tom made so many wonderful memories for me with your fun dinner parties and our great trips together.
Please know your many friends are here to support you in this sad time.
Hanneke Bouchier & Randall Morton
Always loved our times with Tom and Lee in NZ. We shared friendship, stories, laughter and of course excellent wine. Tom never hesitated visiting Randall’s cellar. On this recent NZ trip he readily found the second best bottle, (remembering he had already enjoyed the best on the previous visit.!). A good find for his birthday. Such happy memories to cherish. Tom’s going is a big loss to all of us who loved him. Hanneke & Randall
Glenda & Ian Walker
Lee Our Dear Friend
Tom will truly be missed and will stay in our hearts forever
We will always cherish our long friendship and great memories
May the memories you carry with you bring you comfort in the days ahead and
help you face tomorrow
I know this is such a difficult time and I will always be there for you
Much Love Glenda and Ian
Our Deepest Sympathy and Condolences go out to you during this time.
May the many fond Memories you shared over the years remain in your Heart forever.
Bob Donaldson and Family
Please accept our most heartfelt condolences upon the passing of Tom. Tom was a great guy a true man’s man and we cherious the time we have spent with you and him. The trip to Scotland with you and him will always be one of our highlights. Also with all the things Tom had done in his lifetime he was a teacher he taught me the benefits of a cleansing ale at the end of a social evening.
Lee I am so sorry for your loss. I never met Tom, but I know from our chats at YVR that you two had a loving and happy life together. I know that you were a great support to Tom, and that his passing will leave a huge hole in your heart. My thoughts are with you.
Rick Ludlow and Hans Ottinger
It was an honour to have known and had a long friendship with Tom. He will be missed forever.
Tom was a true gentleman with a lot of class. Kind ,considerate and possessed a wonderful sense of humour.
It’s hard to believe that just two weeks before his passing Tom and Lee hosted us for lunch on their beautiful patio with Tom barbecuing a salmon. Thinking of you Lee every day, love to hear from you when your up to it.
Love and warm hugs
Rick and Hans
We are so sorry for your loss of Tom. We wish you strength and peace during this difficult time. We realize that words, no matter how kind, cannot mend your heartache. However, those who care for you wish you comfort and peace of mind. If there is anything you need, please let us know. We shall keep you and Tom in our prayers.
Love and Blessings,
Larry and Josephine
Hi Lee…so very sorry to hear passing away of your beloved hubby. I send you my kind thoughts and much love at this difficult time. Please take care of yourself.
You and I only met once but I knew Tom from playing racquetball at the VAC and golf on Saturday mornings at UBC.
I introduced Tom to Rick Bourne, the owner of Langara Lodge in Haida Gwaii where he captained one of their large guide boats.
I knew Tom well enough to know he was a very special person. my wife, Beverley and I had a glass of wine on our deck lat night in Tom’ honor.
My deepest condolences, Lee,
Dear Lee I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Please accept my deepest
Condolences. May the memories you shared bring you comfort and take you
through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please take
Care of yourself.
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
Thinking of you at this very sad time.
Nellie and Patrick Malcolm
We will miss seeing Tom around the yard and over the fence as he tended those luscious tomatoes in the back garden. We remember his hearty laugh as you entertained friends in the patio. Tom was kind, open and gracious and shared many tales of his trips to Fiji with me and the friends he met there. Please know that we are here for you Lee, should you need anything. May the currents take Tom to the Pacific from Haida Gwai to Aotearoa, Fiji and Australia.
Bula and Haere Mai dear Tom!
Patrick and I send our love and condolences to you dear Lee.
Brenda G & family
So sorry for your loss, our sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time
Gilberte and John Thompson
Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time Take care.
A very special mate I will miss you.
Till we meet again
Rest In Peace
Dear Lee. So very sad to hear of Tom’s passing. We so loved seeing you both in Oz and sharing wonderful and fun times. Our hearts go out to you Lee. Know that Tom is gliding through clear bright waters on the other side and with you always xxx Di and Brendan
a beautiful notice, sending thoughts of love and peace.
Your beloved Tom will be in your thoughts every day Lee and always with you in your memories. Love is powerful. Let the love you have for each other give you peace.
Love Helen and Jerry
Love and Laughter are what I think about when I remember times with you and Tom. It was so great to spend time with both of you in Mexico this winter. Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Needless to say, Dan and I are heartbroken that Tom has left us, but happy that he “did it his way” with his fine red wine and you holding his hand. The sun shone last evening just for you both. We had a special toast as did all of his friends.
You have been an exceptionally strong and loving mate and we hold you so very dear.
Much love, Judy and Dan
Lee, Although we have never met personally. I had a connection to you through my niece Glenda. My thoughts and prayers were with you and Tom through this most difficult time. Knowing that your worst moment is not your last moment.. Tom has completed his journey, doing it his way. Blessings and peace sustain you ❤️
great guy great laugh great fun and smart to booth will be greatly missed
Dick and Francine Bird
So sorry for your loss Lee. Your home was a refuge of warmth and kindness when we visited. This is a beautiful tribute to Tom and your life together. Take care, Kylie
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lee. Stay strong, that’s what Tom would have wanted. He is in a better place now. May he rest in peace.
Love Bruce & Rainey
Dear Lee – such wonderful memories of so many fabulous times. All of them bring a smile. Our thoughts are with you.
Tony and Jo Bouchier
Farewell my Good kiwi mate with the Canadian accent. I have so many very fond memories of our frequent visits to Vancouver and your visits to New Zealand over many years. Your life was such an adventure from the time you travelled downunder for the first time back in 1959. A lot water has flowed under the bridge since then. My life was enriched by our long friendship. I salute the amazing friends you gathered around you and who I was fortunate to meet and who I know are hurting at this time.
Lee. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. You know we are all here to support you in anyway we can.
Love. Tony Jo and Olivia Bouchier
Dearest Lee, you are both so loved by so many. I cherish the times we spent together and so feel for you, Lee , now that your beloved Tom has left us. May he indeed drift back to the land of the long white cloud – he would be received with love by the wind and the waves. The mighty Totara with recognize him and ripple its leaves.
Kia Kaha, Lee
LINDLEY and JAN
Tom was a true friend and a kind, sincere and generous man. We will always remember his tender care for our BeeLee Pup whom he and Lee minded for us in our Sunshine Coast (OZ) home whilst we went cruising and our later
holiday in Vancouver was wonderful as Tom picked us up and dropped us off to special places. Of course we were especially fortunate in having drinks on that sunny patio and enjoying Tom’s hospitality and tall tales. Tom, enjoy your walks with Bee now. Lots of Love
I would like to pass on my condolences to you and your family. I fished with Tom for many years on boats my father was skipper on. Tom was a great shipmate and always kept us in order. Certainly it was too soon to go but his memory will always with us. Thank you.