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Tom passed away on January 7, 2020 at Delta Hospital. He is predeceased by his beautiful wife and love of his life, Barbara, in November of 2018; his brother, Egidio; and his parents Paolina and Ferdinando Gigliotti.

He is deeply missed by his daughters, Janet (Sean Nieuwenhuis), Dena (Carlos Pedraza), and Lisa (David Hoglund), grandchildren Sophia, Siena, and Noah, and his sisters, Mary Gigliotti and Sylvia Muscardin, as well as by his many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, honourary nieces and nephews and his wonderful circle of friends near and far. Tom was so well loved and respected by so many people. His passing leaves a huge void in our lives.

Tom was born in Winnipeg to immigrant parents. He obtained his MSc in Meteorology from the University of Manitoba. He began his career as a squadron leader and officer in the RCAF and then worked for Environment Canada until his retirement in 1988. He and Barb met while both were stationed in Baden, Baden, Germany. They then made their home together in Ladner in 1965. He was very involved in Kiwanis and with The Kirkland House Society. He made so many dear friends with these organizations and had a huge impact on the community. He was a great cook, especially his famous Tomato Sauce (Tom Sauce) and homemade gnocchi. He and Barb really loved to travel and to entertain but mostly they loved family and they gave us the best life we could ever have asked for.

Tom was well loved. He enjoyed getting to know people and maintained life long friendships. He was extremely well respected and made an impact on many lives. He
believed in hard work, respecting people, and honesty. He was a good listener and believed strongly in service. He had such strength of character and a strong sense of

A special thank you to the staff at Delta Hospital, to the people with MAiD, and especially to Dr. David Kason for supporting and caring for our dad to his very last moment.

Dad said “no service” but since we never listen to him we told him we’re having a celebration anyway to which he agreed on the condition we play his favourite songs. We want to celebrate him. Please join us Sunday 19 January 2020, 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Harris Barn, 4140 Arthur Drive, Ladner, BC.

Donations can be made in Tom’s name to the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation or to Dying With Dignity Canada.

“There are good men… and then there’s Tom.”

Condolence Messages

  1. Gary and Danny Kaye

    20 February 2020 3 years ago

    Our condolences to all of Tom’s family. He will be missed for sure. He was a good friend of our dad Bob Kaye back in his Winnipeg days in Fort Rouge. My mom Alice, Danny and myself received a Xmas card every from him. Great man and was loved by all.

  2. Jennifer Cooper. daughter of Ken and Lillian Lewis

    21 January 2020 3 years ago

    We only knew Tom for a very short time, while he lovingly cared for Barb, at Forest Grove, Delta View. Such a wonderful, truly dedicated husband … such a role model for other family members. He taught us a lot as we cared for my own parents. Rest in peace, Tom and Barb, together once more.

  3. Rick Tompkins for the Tompkins families

    16 January 2020 3 years ago

    Janet, Dena, Lisa,
    So sad to hear of Tom’s passing. The world has truly lost an honorable man. It was our pleasure to have him and Barbara a part of our lives growing up. There will always be a deep connection for the original families from Whitworth Crescent and Massey Drive in Ladner. He will be missed.

  4. Glory (Donna) Last

    14 January 2020 3 years ago

    Aunty Gloria , Donna and Doug will be celebrating his life on January 19th in Toronto. The family will all be in our thoughts as you celebrate him in style and grace. He was simply the best and we loved him dearly. He lives in our hearts with great memories and much joy. Please know we appreciate you keeping us informed over his illness and passing and we send you all strength and big hugs. Love to all.

  5. Roger Haskett

    14 January 2020 3 years ago

    Tom Gigliotti: What a guy! He made so many people happy and he made some amazing people too! All you daughters and grandkids and nieces and nephews… you all have a bit of Tom to share

  6. Lexi Arthur

    11 January 2020 3 years ago

    Lisa, sending you, your sisters and all of your families much love and our condolences. I struggle to find a good enough adjective, he was a ‘champion’ of a man. So sorry he has left you but so glad he is again with your mom.

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