THOMAS PRENTICE JR.
1918 – 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Thomas Prentice Jr., on August 7, 2013. At the age of 94, Tom passed away peacefully at Noric House with family by his side.
Tom was born in Hamilton, Scotland on October 18, 1918 and was the eldest son of Agnes and Thomas Prentice, Sr. At the young age of 10, Tom had his first ocean voyage aboard the ship Athenia, when his family moved to Canada and settled in the Coldstream. In 1942, Tom sailed to Europe to serve as a Private in the Seaforth Highlander Regiment during WWII and in 1945 he returned to Canada and initially settled in Osoyoos. When Tom began working for BC Hydro he moved to Vanderhoof and in 1950 married Marilyn Jeanne McGregor. In 1956, Tom and Marilyn returned to the Okanagan, settling in Vernon to raise their five daughters, who became well known as “The Prentice Girls”.
Until Dad retired in 1990, he worked hard as a paint contractor. We are convinced that there aren’t many old buildings in Vernon that he didn’t paint at least once. Throughout the years he enjoyed hunting, golfing and of course fishing. We know that the peace and quiet of sitting in boat with his line out was one way he was able to cope with the chaos of raising us “girls”. The word “puttering” could have been invented for Dad, which was evident when he was out working in his garden. He was an awesome and inventive cook and was famous for his turkey soup. With our mother as a figure skating coach and all five of us skating, he was well known in the skating world. Our father spent hours making props for ice shows, fundraising for the club, driving us all back and forth, and bringing our meals to the arena. And of course there was his great love of singing and dancing. He truly was an incredible dancer, a great whistler, and had a magnificent singing voice. Although in later years Dad’s memory might have faded for some things, he never forgot the words to a song.
Tom is survived by his daughters: Shawny Prentice, April Davies (Robert Dionne), Heather (David) Ansley, Bonnie (Kevin) Harvey, Kelly (Karalee) (David) Kirby; ten grandchildren: Meika Thompson (Randy Brown), Megan Makokis (Oleg Yakymovych), Jason (Colleen) Davies, Bryan Davies (Amy Balcome), Joshua (Lori) Ansley, Emily (Michael) Aldred, Ryan (Megan) Harvey, Carleen Harvey, Kelsie Kirby, and Darren Kirby; as well as seven great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild and his siblings Isobel (Izzy) (Wally) Crosby and Gordon (Gordie) (Marj) Prentice. Tom was predeceased by his wife Marilyn Jeanne Prentice (McGregor), his parents Agnes (Nan) and Thomas Prentice, Sr., and his siblings Robert (Bob) Prentice, and Margaret (Pearl) Shaw-MacLaren.
Our father was truly one of a kind and throughout his life he touched many in his quiet, gentle way. He has been the guiding force in our lives, teaching us all to find the “silver lining” in everything life has to offer. As a true, proud Scotsman, he raised his daughters well and with his kind heart and sense of humour, he has been and will continue to be an inspiration to us all. Hopefully, where he rests now, they will enjoy his beautiful voice and we will all continue to hear him rolling his R’s in “Roamin’ in the Gloamin’”.
Forever in our hearts,
Shawny, April, Heather, Bonnie and Kelly
The family is grateful to the staff at Noric House and Dr. Healy for their care, kindness and compassion. A special thank-you to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and CNIB for making a difference in Tom’s life. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a contribution in memory of Tom may do so to The Alzheimer Society. A service for Tom will follow at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com