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George Tom Thomas Spence

June 24, 1944 - March 27, 2015


At the age of 70 years old, passed away suddenly at home on March 27th,2015.  He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Wendy; daughter Lisa (Doria) Newman of Trail, granddaughter Katie (Josh) Moisson, and great  grandson Jaxton; his son Greg (Christina) Spence of Golden, grandson Connor and granddaughter  Isabel.  He will be sadly missed by his brother Doug(Laurie) from Sooke, his nephew Andrew (Karen) and Julianne of Sooke; nephew Scott(Destiny) and daughter Taryn of Fort  St-John; his sister Debbie(Mike) Torresan of Fruitvale and their children Travis (Jessica) and sons Justice and Leo and nephew Justin and niece Tricia of Fruitvale.

Tom was born on June 24th 1944 in Wapella SK, to his parents William and Margaret.  He graduated high school in Trail in 1964.  He joined Teck/Cominco in 1965 where he started his apprenticeship in lead burning and completed it in 1970.  He accepted a position as supervisor at Teck where he worked for 37 years, before retiring in 2001, and made the move to Nelson shortly after.

Tom was a great family man and a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He married Wendy, his childhood sweetheart in 1966.

Tom was a social, active man who was well respected in his community.  He enjoyed building and helping friends with any project.  His family and friends will always remember him as a generous, loyal person.  A celebration of Tom’s life is scheduled for 2pm on April 10, 2015 at the Balfour Golf Course.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tom’s life.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BC Heart  and Stroke, or any children’s cause. 


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Janet Hook (Blair)
Relation: Bill & Marg friends with the Blairs

So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Wishing you all many cherished memories to sustain you.

From: Marc and Shannon cross
Relation: school, work and golf

Thinking of you, Wendy and your family at this sad time. So glad you had a great trip together, cherish all the good times

From: Brenda Todd (nee. Milne)
Relation: neighbour

Wendy, Lisa and Greg: My thoughts are with you as you come together to celebrate Tom’s life. May the special memories that you had with him give you comfort through the difficult days ahead.

From: Tom Wynn
Relation: Worked with him at Cominco

So sorry to hear Tom passed away. Have fond memories of Tom at work. Still a section of roadway up the hill called Spence’s Way. He was a great guy. Will miss him.

From: Lynn (Garay) Gillen
Relation: School years

With fond memories of our youth (pre-school), the Annable kids, and all through the years to graduation. It was so nice to be able to revisit at the 50th grad reunion. Always, in memory Tom.
Deepest condolences to the Spence family.
Lynn and Jack Gillen, Qualicum Beach, BC

From: Phil Humble
Relation: High school buddies

Sorry about the loss of Tom. I went to school with him in grades 10, 11 & 12 and worked with him briefly at Cominco just after graduation. Saw him last at the 20 year reunion. I will remember him with fondness and as a big, friendly, affable guy. Best regards, Phil Humble

From: Dino DeRosa
Relation: I worked with Tom @ Cominco

Thinking of your family at this sad time and remembering what a great person Tom was and how he made being at work a fun time for all of us.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 10, 2015
Beginning at 2:00pm

Balfour Golf Course
602 Queens Bay Road
Balfour, BC Canada V0G1C0

A celebration of Tom”s life

602 Queens Bay Road
Balfour, BC Canada V0G1C0

Memorial Gifts

Heart & Stroke Foundation
of BC & Yukon Okanagan & Kootenay Area Office

4-1551 Sutherland Avenue,
Kelowna, BC V1Y9M9


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