Thomas Lawrence Wookey died on June 1, 2009 at the age of 89 years.
The funeral service was held from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Saturday afternoon, June 6th, at 2:00 p.m. with Mr. Eugene Lalonde officiating.
Interment followed in Tappen Cemetery. Pallbearers were the grandchildren, Sally Sucharyna, Christina Myers, Heather Stephens, Cheryl Nason, Angie Deans, Nicole Hardy, Robin Armstrong, Paul Gillies, David Myers, Tom Wookey, Jeff Wookey, Lauren Wookey and Garret Deans. A reception followed at Sherry and Charlie Deans’ residence. Words of remembrance were shared by Bill Kennedy.
Born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan on February 1, 1920, he lived in the area of Guernsey, Saskatchewan. In 1938, he moved with his family to Hazelton, BC where he farmed and logged. In January 1942, he joined the army, where he spent for four and a half years. He met Christina Cole in Chilliwack, married in Princeton, he then went overseas for two and half years, with his discharge he went to work in the coal mines for nine years. In 1955, the family moved to Tappen, where Tom farmed and worked in sawmills and logging. He quit working in the mill after 18 years, to pursue his love of farming full-time. He enjoyed raising cattle and hogs, hay and grain. He was especially proud of his prize-winning hogs. With the kind assistance of his family, Tom was proud to continue life on the farm. Tom and Chris loved dancing; this brought fond memories of why they selected Tappen as their home.
Tom was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Chris in 2004, three children, Tommy at birth, Karen at six months of age and Margaret Gillies at the age of 54 in 2002, and grandson, Tyler Myers in 2008.
Tom leaves his loving children; Barbara Myers of Salmon Arm, Jack (Brenda) Wookey of Fort St. James, Sherry (Charlie) Deans of Tappen, Marianne Armstrong of Tappen; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; twin brothers, Glynn Wookey of Hazelton and Gary Wookey of Prince George.
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Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.