RICHARD­SON Tom

July 2, 1939 - April 4, 2016

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS -

It is with great sad­ness and heavy hearts that we an­nounce the sud­den pass­ing of our beloved Dad, Grampa, Great-Grampa, Un­cle, Brother, and friend – Tom Richard­son. Dad passed away qui­etly on April 04th/2016 at the Foothills Hospi­tal sur­rounded by fam­ily. Dad was 76 years young. Dad was born July 02/1939 in Bran­don, Man­i­toba, the el­dest of four chil­dren, to Thomas and Beatrice Richard­son. Dad at­tended school in Bran­don, com­plet­ing grade 8. He fin­ished grade 9 by cor­re­spon­dence, fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent that claimed his fa­ther’s life. Dad as­sumed the farm­ing du­ties pre­vi­ously held by his fa­ther while he was also truck­ing gravel from the pit on the fam­ily farm. In the early 1960’s, Dad be­came em­ployed with Fed­eral Grain el­e­va­tors in Bran­don. In 1961, Dad met Marie Marcin at a barn dance. They were mar­ried in Au­gust of 1963 and con­tin­ued to live in Bran­don. Sherry was born in Novem­ber of 1964, and Lisa was born in Septem­ber of 1967. A few years later the fam­ily moved to Go­van, Saskatchewan, where Dad be­came the man­ager for the Fed­eral Grain el­e­va­tor. Shortly there­after, Dad be­gan work­ing as an Agent for Im­pe­rial Oil, also in Go­van. Tracy was born in April of 1970, and Patti in March of 1972. In 1975, the fam­ily re­lo­cated to Drumheller, Al­berta, as Dad was trans­ferred there with Im­pe­rial Oil. He and Mom con­tin­ued with Im­pe­rial Oil un­til the late 1980’s. How­ever, to­gether they formed Richard­son’s Bulk Sales in 1981. They kept Richard­son’s un­til they sold the com­pany in 1991 to their son-in-law, Jim. Dad then ob­tained his real es­tate li­cense be­fore go­ing to work with Sch­wann’s Canada a few years later. His em­ploy­ment with Sch­wann’s saw Dad re­lo­cate to Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, for a cou­ple of years. But, his true call­ing of driv­ing truck for a liv­ing saw his re­turn to Richard­son’s, this time work­ing for Jim in­stead of the other way around. Dad con­tin­ued to drive truck un­til his health prob­lems in 2012 be­came too great, and forced Dad’s re­tire­ment. Dad loved to drive truck. One of Dad’s fa­vorite past times was watch­ing sports. He watched ev­ery pos­si­ble sport on TV. And, when he was hor­i­zon­tal on the couch, with eyes closed, as soon as some­one would try to change the chan­nel, he would say “I was watch­ing that.” Dad also took a lot of rib­bing over his two fa­vorite teams: the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos. But, don’t kid your­self, as much rib­bing that he re­ceived was as much rib­bing as he would hand back out. Dad was an ac­com­plished curler in his day. While re­sid­ing in Saskatchewan, Dad skipped one team to the North­ern Saskatchewan Pro­vin­cial semi-fi­nals, hav­ing been beat out by Rick Folk, who went on to win the Provin­cials that year. Dad also curled for a num­ber of years in the Su­per League in Drumheller. He played base­ball, slow­pitch, and bowled. Dad was an avid golfer for many years, en­joy­ing ev­ery round he played. Not only for the sport of golf, but also for the so­cial as­pect of the game. Just last week, Dad was mak­ing plans to head out to Fair­mont Hot Springs, one of his most fa­vorite places to be, so he could start swing­ing the sticks. In Novem­ber of 2013, Dad moved into the Sun­shine Lodge. While ap­pre­hen­sive at first, he soon be­came fond of the staff and res­i­dents alike. He en­joyed par­tic­i­pat­ing in Bingo games, cards, shuf­fle­board, and “happy hour”. Dad is leav­ing to mourn his four Daugh­ters, Sherry (Jim), Lisa (Curt), Tracy, Patti ( Ted). Dad is also leav­ing to mourn our Mom, Marie; Grand­chil­dren Jas­mine (Kevin), Jor­dan (Mathew), Bran­don (Me­gan), Mitchell, Brett (Brit­tney), Nikki, St­ef­fanie, Sa­vanna; Great-Grand­chil­dren Ri­ley, Zoe, Alexis, and Ben­nett; Sis­ter Ber­nice, Brother Bob (Denise), Brother Don­nie (Dar­lene); nu­mer­ous spe­cial nieces and neph­ews and their fam­i­lies, as well as many spe­cial friends. Dad was pre­de­ceased by his par­ents. A cel­e­bra­tion of life was held on Satur­day, April 09/2016, at 1:00 pm, at the Church of the Nazarene, with Rev­erend Harold Hunter of­fi­ci­at­ing. For those who wish, me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to ei­ther STARS air am­bu­lance or the Sun­shine Lodge in Drumheller. Ar­range­ments were en­trusted with Court­ney-Win­ters Fu­neral Home in Drumheller.

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