Thomas Joseph Stocki
Passed on December 6, 2021
1943-2021 After a lengthy illness, it is with sorrowful hearts and deep sadness, that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, gedo, brother and Uncle, Thomas Joseph Stocki on Monday, December 6, 2021 at his home with family by his side.
Tom is predeceased by his parents Mike and Rosie Stocki (nee Obszarski), his brother-in-law Don Williamson, and his nephew David Ambrose McCrae. Tom is lovingly remembered by his wife Evelyn(nee Ambrose) of 54 years, his three sons Thomas (Adeline), Darryl (Sabina) and Kurt (Cheryl), his precious grandchildren Cole (Alexis), Jessica (Kurtis), Dylan (Hannah), Brady and Monika, brother Mikey (Roberta), in-laws Shirley Williamson, Mya Ambrose, Ed Ambrose (Marge), Richard Beauvais (Sonja) his nieces, Shauna(Chris) Botting, Ria(Mark)Benard, Rhea(James)Kettles, Kristin(Kai)Jenkins Beauvais, Taryn Beauvais (Michael Habetin),Eileen Ambrose(Marsh Burnett-Joseph), his nephews, Owen(Gayle)Smith, Craig(Lindsay)Stocki, Devin Stocki(Connie Labossiere),Lyle Stocki (Jaclynne Masiak), Duncan Ambrose McCrae along with numerous other relatives and many special friends including Kristen & Keri who referred to him as “Papa Bear”.
Tom grew up in the community of Fisher Branch and lived there for the majority of his life. As one of two boys to a father who owned a small garage business, his interests quickly became working with his hands at a young age. As a teenager, he would frequently be seen with his brother and close friends swapping car parts from various vehicles to get another one running. He went on to take up the trade of welding, where he moved away to Hamilton for a short period then eventually returned home to be part of the garage business (Case Dealership) with his dad and brother. He had an interest in cattle and farmed throughout the Interlake, including Rembrandt where he met the love of his life, Evelyn. His love of nature would eventually turn to raising wild turkeys, pheasants, and even trying his hand at fish farming.
In the late 1970’s, he decided to enter the construction industry and in 1981 he stepped away from the garage business and formed his own company Stocki Trucking, which continues to operate today by his three sons. His interests in heavy construction and aggregate production allowed him to do exactly what he loved most in life and also allowed him to spend much of his time with his sons and grandsons teaching and providing opportunities for them, which is something he was very proud of. Although all of his children and grandchildren spent various times working for (and away from) the company, it was his oldest son Thomas who spent most of his time with and was closely connected to, which is something that Tom was ever so grateful for. Tom’s interest and love for mechanical work is something he was well known for in the community. Many local people would look to him first to see if he had that part or tool to fix their equipment, and he usually had a solution, there was rarely a time he couldn’t fix something himself.
Tom was an avid curler, a member of the Fisher Branch Fire Department for many years and the Chamber of Commerce.
Tom loved travelling and taking long road trips with his wife Evelyn by his side throughout Canada and the United States, but there was no place like home to him. The community that he knew and loved meant everything to him, he loved his grandchildren beyond measure and enjoyed their visits always asking when they were coming back. His dedication to his family, company, friends and community stayed with him until he took his last breath. His legacy and memories will never be forgotten and he will be missed dearly.
Sincere thanks to the emergency services personnel who took our call for assistance. Heartful thanks to Dr. S. Bruin, and the hospital staff that took care of him and went way beyond their call of duty to assist us making sure he could have a quality of life at home. Special thanks to Darcy Truthwaite for your continued support to make sure he was comfortable. Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation he felt for those who helped him. A cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Diabetes Association, Cancer Research or Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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