Thomas Tano Forbes

Thomas Tano Forbes

February 23rd, 1944 – November 11th, 2008

I lived with diabetes, on insulin, for 56 years to finally get taken out by cancer.

A very adequate life: born in Montreal, Quebec and very quickly off to Halifax, Nova Scotia and then on to Pretoria, South Africa, following that to Lourenco Marques, Mocambique and to Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia; and on to Switzerland and to Germany, then to Lisbon, Portugal and at last back to Canada; an interlude in Vancouver, B.C.; then to Fredericton, New Brunswick; a stay in Santa Barbara, California and back again to Vancouver, B.C.; this time for many years; and at the end to Kamloops, B.C. and finally to Vernon, B.C. In terms of occupations, first University as a student, a really rum time (no, not drink!); then photography beckoned but did not last; then a period of many occupations: bartender, taxi-driver, courier, nearly an ESL teacher, and last as a real estate agent. Lots of travel to many places with my folks; and then, on my own, the gypsy life continued, many places, many cultures, great foods, and very interesting people.

I will be remembered by my sister, Ramona (Mel) and their family who are living in San Diego, California; and other relatives living in Hannover, Germany, and the New England States. My dear Karin, who is a treasured partner, friend and a blessing in my time of need, is living at the moment in Kelowna. Both my mother and father are deceased. I had many true friends in many different places who were very supportive. Their assistance and loving care made a world of difference.

Upon my next return I hope that my voyage through life will be equally exciting, though a bit less demanding and painful.

Cremation preceded a celebration of my life which will be held at the Taoist Tai Chi Society Hall, 3105-28th Street, on Saturday, November 29th, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. Those wishing to do so may send donations in my memory to the charity of your choice.

To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven: A time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4