October 18, 1933 – December 8, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas Parkin. Tom passed away peacefully in Dunrovin Hospice. The family would like to thank Dr. Buys and the nurses at both GR Baker and the Hospice for their great care.
The rather concise history is that Tom was born in Vancouver during hard times, served in the Korean War in the navy on the HMCS Crusader and then embarked on a career with the Department of Transport. He married Rosemary Parkin from England and they had three children. After some very isolated and remote postings, they moved to Quesnel in 1966. Tom managed the Flight Service Station at the Quesnel Airport and they both fell in love with Quesnel and the Cariboo region.
During their time in Quesnel they made many friends and, as anyone that knew or met Tom can attest, he was the kindest gentleman that you could ever meet. Tom had a gentle nature, he was unfailingly polite and never surrendered to poor temperament; he was deeply empathetic and always put others first. He genuinely cared about other people’s lives and he was a sweet and kind man to the very end. He was the sort of man who would say hello and smile to anyone he passed. He will be sorely missed, never forgotten and always cherished. In short, he truly was one of a kind, though no words can do justice to his legacy in our eyes. He is survived by his wife Rosemary, his three children: Jennifer, Richard and Neil. His three grandchildren: James, Jillian and Sylvia and all of his coffee friends at Tim Horton’s.
There will be no memorial service as per Tom’s wishes.
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