Obituaries — 30 October 2012
Tom Bilous – November 8, 1955 – October 19, 2012

Tom Bilous – November 8, 1955 – October 19, 2012

In loving memory of Tom Bilous who passed away with his loving family and friends at his side at the Dryden Regional Health Centre. After a three-and-a-half year courageous battle with Leukemia, Tom peacefully went home to be with his Heavenly Father on October 19th, 2012.

Tom was born in Dryden on November 8th, 1955 where he lived most of his life.

Tom will be dearly missed by his loving wife and best friend of 21 years, Loretta and his precious sons Kristopher, Landon, Jacob and his faithful dog, Hunter. Tom is also survived by his mother, Louise Hie; his siblings from Prince George, BC Cheryl Caron (Lionel), Steve Bilous, Jo-Anne Lang (John), Debra Yorston (Ken), Roberta Bilous (Doug), John Bilous (Darlene), Theresa Chasowy (Dave) from Dryden; nieces Brittany and Brooke, nephews Mike (Erin), Brian (Heather), and Jonathon, and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

Tom was predeceased by his father Steve Bilous in March 2012 and his father-in-law Marino Jacobson in April 1999.

Tom is also survived by Loretta’s family: Heddy Jacobson, Bruce, Murray (Lisa) of Winnipeg; Vern Jacobson, Lauretta McKay (Don) from Australia; Gerry Wright (North Saskatchewan); Tammy Traini (Tony), Jennifer Moore (Conan)

(Vancouver); Glenn and Silvia Scheibler of Dryden, and Godchildren Jonathon Chasowy, Joshua Reda (St. Thomas, ON), Zachary & Dayna Olson, Chrissy, Dyllan, Steven and Michael St. Jean of Cochenour.

Tom lived a fulfilling life attending Dryden High and graduating in 1973. He went on to Ryerson University in 1975. He then worked as a Public Health Inspector in Red Lake and Wadena, Saskatchewan. He also went to Northern College in Kapuskasing to carpentry school, and then came home to work on the Pipeline for several years before returning as a public health inspector in 1990.

Tom did everything like it was an adventure and with a great joy, such as fishing, hunting, gardening, skiing, and in his earlier years playing baseball. This was no different when Tom and Loretta decided to have a family. On January 25, 1999, they were blessed with triplet boys. They were not only his pride and joy; they were to be his legacy which he took very seriously. Tom was determined to be the best husband and father by teaching his wife and sons the pleasures and benefits in gardening, fishing and hunting among many things. Tom also took much pleasure in coaching his sons in hockey and as much as these life skills were important to Tom, so was his faith. It was important to teach his children who God is by reading his Bible and living out his faith by example. Not only were these truths and adventures something he wanted to teach his family but he would share his faith with anyone.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the many people who helped to make these last few years easier for us, Dr. D. Szwajcer and his team at the Cancer Care Unit in Manitoba, Dr. Dahmer, Jennifer and Cathy in Oncology and all the wonderful nurses at Dryden Regional Health Centre, Barb Lindquist and the nursing staff at CCAC and Revera, our families, NWHU family, hockey families and church family and friends.

A celebration of Tom’s Life was held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor James Wood officiating. Interment followed in the Dryden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ken Yorston, Sigurd Olson, Fred Wolff, Vern Jacobson, Shane Baker and Doug Bullock.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CIBC Education Fund for Tom’s Children through Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Avenue, Dryden, ON P8N 2X3. Condolences may be made by emailing dcfh@drytel.net Subject: Bilous

The Bilous family would like to encourage everyone to become a stem cell donor. Sign Up to Save a Life with the One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network. www.onematch.ca or call 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283)

 

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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