Thomas Deibert

Thomas Karl Deibert

(December 03, 1950 – April 29, 2006)

With deep sorrow, we announce the unexpected passing of Thomas Karl

Deibert. A beloved friend, brother, respected colleague and devoted spouse to his 25 year love, Deborah Boyne.

Born on December 3, 1950 in Quebec City, Quebec, Karl is one of 8 siblings.

Karl was a trial lawyer in Vernon for the last 22 years. Before that, he articled and practiced law in Cranbrook. He studied at the University of British Columbia and then Osgoode Hall Law School. During his years of trial practice he was a member of the BC Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He was a non-practicing member in good-standing of the Law Society of BC. He was also a member of the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute and the ADR Institute of Canada, and served as an arbitrator/mediator and administrative adjudicator in Vernon.

He was an active volunteer in his local community supporting the Food Bank, Cancer Foundation and various other societies.

Karl had a profound love for animals and a green thumb around the home, and enjoyed spending time outdoors. His favorite pastimes were downhill skiing and swimming thousands of kilometres at the local pool and in lakes over the years.

Karl will always be remembered for his incredible, contagious and often irreverent sense of humour and sparkling wit. His intellect, integrity and humility were truly a source of inspiration. He was loved so much, by so many.

He leaves in sorrow his grieving family and friends who must find solace in reflecting on his bountiful life. Karl is survived by his spouse, Deborah Boyne; brothers, Michael (Ellen) of Toronto, Ontario, Robert of London, Ontario, Christopher of Nashville, Tennessee and Eric (Yvonne) of Kamloops; sisters, Star of Ottawa, Ontario, June of Vancouver, Gail (Jeffrey) of London, Ontario and brother-in-law Tony of Calgary, Alberta. He was predeceased by his father, B. Michael Deibert and mother, Anastasia Deibert.

Revered for his wisdom and respected for his strength of character, Karl will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

A private family memorial will commemorate Karl’s life. A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Karl’s name to the Vernon Chapter of Mental Health Association, 3100-28th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. Condolences can be sent to the family through Vernon Funeral Home (1027@alderwoods.com).

~May you be comforted with the belief that each time we remember,

we meet again with those we love, for the heart never forgets~