Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Tommy grew up in the small town of Richmond, just outside of the city. Starting in high school, he was in the military reserves, completed basic training in Cornwallis, N.S. and joined the regular forces. He then attended Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario to become a Communications Technologist, employed over the years by CNCP Telecommunications, and the Federal Government departments of Communications, National Defence, and Energy, Mines & Resources.
A highlight of Tommy’s career was his time with the Dept of Energy, Mines and Resources when in the early 90’s, he and Mary (married May 18, 1991) moved to Yellowknife, NWT. This was a dream job for Tommy, looking after seismic equipment on remote sites, necessitating the daily use of snowmobiles, ATV’s, amphibious Argos, and a Nodwell. After obtaining training & a licence to do so, he also got to blow things up when clearing remote trails! His boss would occasionally ask that Tommy, a life-long outdoorsman, get a fish or maybe a ptarmigan to cook up for lunch at work, one time even a caribou.
Moving to Manitoba in 2005, Shell Valley was to become his happy place, with hunting opportunities abound. To Tommy hunting was not just about shooting an animal, but rather a year round lifestyle that encompassed studying the animals & area, researching equipment and techniques, reloading his ammunition, honing his skills with guns and archery equipment, taking many, many pictures, and simply enjoying his time with nature.
When not hunting in the summer months Tommy could be found tinkering with and bringing back to life vintage snowmobiles, the early 70’s Golden Ghost a favourite.
Tommy, predeceased by his parents Art & Peggy, leaves behind his wife Mary, siblings Michael (Michelle), Joanne (Terry), Kathleen (Nick), Aron (Yayoi) and Sonya, and step-mother Peggy. He will be missed by nieces, nephews and extended family in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. He will also be missed by his dog Snoopy.
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