THOMAS E. CHICKEN
January 23rd, 1928 - January 8th. 2013. Out of sight but never out of mind by those who loved him. Friends and family alike will miss him, from his Great-Grandson Aden, Grandsons Christopher and Stephen, Tyler, Clifford and Douglas, daughter Carolyn and husband Keith, daughter Barbara, son Barry and wife Karen, to Joan, his wife for 62 years and best friend for almost 70 years, also close cousin Linda and other family in England.
Tom and Joan won scholarships to Rutherford College in 1939 after which at 17 years of age he volunteered for the Fleet Air Arm, serving for 21/2 years. Studying at night school for a degree in gas engineering, while working for Imperial Chemical Industries, he took his final exams the night daughter Barbara was born in 1955.
In 1964 after 15 successful years with I. C.I. Tom and Joan decided to emigrate with the family to Canada to begin a new life in Toronto, to work for Dow Chemical Company as a Junior Salesman.
Transferring across Canada to Calgary, Sarnia, Montreal and Toronto several times, it soon became apparent that Tom was no ordinary salesman and in 25 years with the company rose to be Specialty Chemicals Manager for Canada.
Grateful thanks to Tammy for saving his life in 2005, so that most of the last years were enjoyed at King's Point in Niagara-on-the-lake, entertaining friends and family, going to the theatre, visiting local wineries and walking in the surrounding outdoors. During their retirement, Tom and Joan traveled the world, revisiting the UK and Europe. They spent winters in Costa Rica, Mexico, Africa, India and Nepal (on elephant back), and Malaysia by motor bike. Tom and Joan also enjoyed their second home in Florida.
Tom was a dedicated soccer fan of Newcastle United, his home team, an avid tennis player and enthusiastic golfer. Reading was his passion and he was challenged by the daily crossword. He will be remembered by his colleagues and family as a great raconteur with a lively sense of humor.
Was a true gentleman and One of a Kind.
Special thanks to Dr. A. Smith for his care and attention and to the nurses from St. Elizabeth's health care. At Tom's request there will be no funeral service.
Donations may be made in memoriam to 'Medicines sans Frontiers' (Doctors without Borders) www.msf.ca phone 1-800-982-7903.
Saturday January 12, 2013
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