Born in Kippen, Scotland, November 21, 1916, Tommy immigrated with his family in 1926, settling in the Salmon Valley. In 1943 he purchased his own farm and the next year bought his first Hereford cattle. This was the start of Sunnymont Herefords. In the early part of Tommy’s farming career he broke heavy horses to sell and also for his own use, farming and logging. With these earning he increased his cow herd and built the Sunnymont name. In 1950 he married Dorothy Jewell and together they raised four children. As well as being known for his cattle, he was also known for the raising and training of his border collie dogs. Throughout his life Tommy was happiest working his cattle with his border collie dogs which were always by his side. Tommy was active in the community with 4-H, the S.A. Fall Fair, and became a premiere Hereford breeder, consigning top quality animals to many Hereford sales and shows. His first marriage ended in 1980 and he later married Doreen Francis. Together they continued to farm and in 1991 was inducted onto the Canadian Hereford Honor Roll.
After many years of herding cattle on horseback he and his great dog Max would bring cows home off Fly Hills Range, Tommy in his pick-up and Max herding the cows down the road home. He finally retired from farming in 2003 and together they moved to Vernon.
Tommy passed away peacefully January 31, 2009 at the age of 92 years, after a short stay at Gateby Care Home.
He was predeceased by his brother David in 1968 and his grandson Derek Bostock in 2003.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Doreen, and his four children: Allan, Audrey (Art), Carrie (Keith), Dawna (Rob); stepsons: Gordon (Dianne), Bobby (Lynn), Ken, Tom (Patty), Donny (Shirley), numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Brothers: Robert, George; sisters: Hetty, Tina (Ralph), Cathy (Ralph).
A service will be held Saturday, Feb. 7 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Vernon.