Thomas George Kowalchuk
Passed on November 3, 2019
With great sadness, the family of Thomas George Kowalchuk, 76, of Komarno/Teulon, announces his sudden, but peaceful, passing on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Stonewall & District Health Centre. Tom is survived by Christine, his cherished wife of 52 years; his mother, Mary; his children, Tommy, Marilena and Kristopher, and their spouses; and the bright shining lights of his life, his grandchildren Camryn, Annika, Max and Chase. He will also be missed by his sisters Rosalie (Mike) and Lucy (Terry); sister-in-law, Patty; and sisters-in-law Darlene (Ronald) and Rosalie (Jeff); his nieces and nephews; and all who loved him. He was predeceased by his father, George, his brother, Eddie, and his parents-in-law, Mike and Lena Oliniuk. Tom was born in Pickle Crow, Ont. on December 15, 1942. He grew up in Komarno and did many different mechanical jobs in many different locations, including remote outposts in the far North, and serving as the head of support services for many years at Teulon Hunter Memorial Hospital. He met the love of his life, Chrissy, at Crabby Steve’s Barn, and they married in 1967. Tom and Chris made their home in Komarno, where they raised their three kids, and had just recently moved to the dream house in Teulon that Tom designed himself. Tom struggled with various health issues for most of his life, and while sometimes they kept him down, he never once demonstrated bitterness or resentment for the “crappy” hand he was dealt. Instead he exuded kindness, patience and warmth. He was known to many as “the baby-whisperer” for his otherworldly ability to calm small children, but he had a similar effect on grown-ups. All will miss his clever stories and caring heart. A funeral service will be held in Komarno Holy Trinity Church on Saturday, November 9 at 10:30AM followed by a light lunch at Komarno Community Hall. Internment will occur privately. Honorary Pallbearers: Archie Buchkowski, Trevor Lloyd, Mike Shupenia, Ronald Komonko, Jeff Scaife, Corey Kowalchuk, Kelsey Kowalchuk, Tommy Kowalchuk, and Kristopher Kowalchuk. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, donations can be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada or a charity of one’s choice. Special thanks to Dr. Kerr Graham and the staff at Stonewall Hospital. Extra special thanks to Tom’s angels-on-earth, Patty, Rosalie and Lucy.
Myself and my late husband Eddie had the pleasure of having him stay with us in the early 60's. He was great company for us both in those when things were simple. My daughter Connie remembers putting barettets in his hair. So much patience he had. May God bless Crissy and your family. Rest in peace Tom.
I will always remember Mr Kowalchuk as one of the “dancing dads”. I am so sorry for all who are heartbroken in this loss. May the love and strength of family and friends help everyone through this difficult time.
May my favourite uncle who taught me the art of photography rest in eternal peace. You will be truly missed. Darrell Komonko
I have so many fond memories of Uncle Tom from my childhood up to now. I am blessed beyond words to have had such a kind man as an Uncle. Even his voice brought you comfort. I feel so sad for Aunty Chrissy, kids & Grandkids, Baba Mary & everyone else who will be missing him in their lives. I hope that the many wonderful memories will bring you comfort when you need it the most. I am certain that he is playing cribbage with Gido and Uncle Eddie in Heaven at this very moment . May he rest peacefully. 🌹
Chris - I was so sorry to hear of Toms passing in the paper today. I remember he was always so happy. You are in my thoughts. Take care, Lynn & Wayne Waterman (Bender).
Lynn & Wayne Waterman
Our thoughts are with you, Chrissy and family. Mom & Dad let me know of Tom's passing. Even though we haven't seen everyone in awhile, your Thunder Bay connection is thinking of you. Philip & Erica (Seeley) Dzuba
Tom was a very talented individual, an example of that was the stage he developed for the Veselka Dance Festival, one that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Never asking for recognition but could always be relied on to finish anything he undertook. It was nice to see him with his grandchildren--a special relationship. A very kind man.
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