With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a real cowboy, Floyd Tompkins. He was predeceased by the love of his life Eileen of 40 years. He is survived by his brother Lewis, and predeceased by brothers Eddie, Earl, Russell and sisters Eva and Edna, also predeceased by grandson Harlen. Floyd is survived by his children Harley (Glenda), Echo (Murray), Bonnie (Oliver) and Wayde (Rhonda), his eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, and his numerous nephews and nieces. Also, by Eileen’s children Ken (Shirley) deceased, Bob (Barb), Roberta (Will), Allan (Jean) and Susan (Doug), ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
Floyd was the last of 13 children born to Charles and Annie Tompkins in Chilliwack, B.C. At a very young age he left for the Cariboo via horseback. He met up with his brother, Earl, and together they ran wild horses and cows. They built log homes and corrals in remote areas to capture these animals. They would then ‘head and tail’ them to Kamloops to sell. In the late 50’s Floyd ventured to Kamloops/Chase area making a living as a cowboy and big game outfitter to the Americans and Europeans. He was a true gentleman in the sense that there would be no swearing around women, he tipped his hat, opened car doors and walked on the proper side of the lady with the expectations that these traits be carried on by his children and grandchildren.
In 1972 Floyd met Eileen Harrison at a Pritchard dance which was the beginning of their 40 years love affair. This love extended to both families. Also with loving hearts they reached out to all. They spent 14 years traveling as snowbirds. Due to health problems their travel was limited however; they still continued to venture to Alaska twice, once by motorhome, which Floyd always said they did not give themselves enough time, and once by ship. In their travels they saw the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, and all family throughout the country. He always dreamed of visiting Australia.
Floyd never missed the opportunity to play a prank, or a joke on any innocent victim. The twinkle was always in his eye. His passion for life lead to the writing of 2 books: The Mad Hunt for Those Ruby Eyes, and Honest Memories of One Man’s Life.
The families would like to thank Dr. Avanessian, the special girls at the Cancer Clinic and at Parkside, and the kindness and exceptional care at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home.
A funeral service was held Thursday, August 23rd in the Chase Community Hall. Interment followed at Duck Range Cemetery and then followed by tea at the Harrison Ranch.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations in memory of Floyd Tompkins to the Marjorie Snowden Hospice Association, 72 Whiteshield Crescent S., Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, 250.374.1454