Born to parents Rod and Ethel Gollan, Tory was one of twelve children, raised on a farm in Alliance, Alberta. After finishing school Tory joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and instructed aerobics for servicemen during the second world war. At the young age of 13 she fell in love with Ken, the man she would marry, while watching him play baseball. Ken and Tory married in Edmonton in 1946 and very soon began a family. Ken supported his family with his own construction company while Tory devoted her time to raising their four children. After a few holidays in beautiful B.C. they decided to move there. They shared a passion for golf and purchased the Salmon Arm Golf Course in 1963. Together they ran the clubhouse and all the golf events while at the same time rebuilt the golf course, changing the sand greens to grass, building an irrigation pond and system and raising their children including them in all endeavors. They sold the golf course in 1968 but continued to be avid golfers playing together until 2010. Tory won the womens club championship 13 times, her last win at age 72. The most important part of her life was her family. She was a devoted wife and mother and will always be adored by her children for her beautiful strength of character, a wonderful mixture of strong morals, intelligence, great sense of humor and steadfast loving kindness.
Thank you to all of our friends and extended family for your warm thoughts and prayers. Thank you to Bertha and Kim and the wonderful staff at Lakeside Manor for your kindness and friendship while Mom and Dad lived there. A very special thank you to the amazing staff at Hillside Village for your understanding and sincere kindness while caring for Mom during her last few months.
Her memory will always be cherished by her children Donna, Arlene (Daryl), Jan (Len), Ralph (Debbie), grandchildren Shaun (Jen), Tonya (Simon), Dachs (Donna), Kim (Phil), Tasha, Lenny, Colter (Vanessa), Nile (Sarah), Levin (Candice), Dawson and great grandchildren Christian, Taegan, Tarryn, Brisa, Darren, Callam, Paetyn, Adley, Haylen, and Tory’s brothers and sisters Alice, Ivae, Emmy, Roddy and Kenny.
The family has chosen to celebrate Tory’s life in private and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer foundation.