Tommy was the much loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather to many. He died suddenly on January 15, 2009 at his home. Tommy is survived by his wife, June; her two sons, Bernie and Doug; his daughters, Marilyn (Barry) Killingbeck and Bev (Eli) Hellard; his grandsons, Rob (Andrea), Troy (Dannielle) Tyler and Ryan (Stephie). He had four great grandchildren who called him “GG” as it was easier to say than “Great Grandpa”. They are McKenzie, Kohl, Logan and Samara.
Tommy was the youngest of five children born to Robert and Helen Mitchell on the family farm near the tiny hamlet of Kirriemuir, Alberta.
His career in the oil patch spanned forty-four years and took him to northern B.C. (where he met his first wife, Hazel), coastal B.C., New Zealand and all over Alberta.
Tommy retired in 1983 and moved to Vernon, B.C. with Hazel. Here he became very active in skiing at Silver Star and golfing at Spallamcheen.
After Hazel’s death he was very fortunate to meet June Ivanco. They married and were able to do a lot of traveling; going to Europe, Australia, the USA and the Caribbean. They also became involved in dancing and spent many happy hours whirling and twirling. Tommy love to be an “angel” by helping all the new dancers learn their steps.
Golfing continued to be a passion and they went to many tournaments and made many friends. He shot under his age when he was 89; he scored an 87.
Tommy retired his skis at the age of 89 but continued to dance right up until his death. He was already planning his next round of golf.
We will all miss his zest for life and his love and compassion for his family and friends. He lived life on his terms and left it on his terms.
In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Tommy may do so to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
The Celebration of Tommy’s Life will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, B.C.
Arrangements have been entrusted to
Pleasant Valley Funeral Home
250 542 4333