Thomas (Tucker) Roger Canning, of Springhill, NS and Fernie, BC passed away suddenly on July 24, 2012 while visiting family and friends in Springhill, NS. Born March 18, 1939 to Thomas & Margaret (Rogers) Canning in Springhill, NS.
Tom went to Springhill High School and in his early years was a fisherman and hunter. Started his career in #4 mine, went on to join the Navy, attended Halifax Trade School and became a welder in the Shipyards. In 1961 he moved to Fernie, BC becoming a heavy-duty mechanic in Creston and Fernie, Tom retired from Finning Tractor after 26 years of service but he still had things to do. He managed Barbie’s Riding Stable, became President of the Snow Valley Wranglers, and enjoyed working with his horses. Tom was a “Jack of All Trades” and he really had a good time helping people and making them laugh. A kind and generous man, he loved his cottage at Heather Beach, where he spent 3 to 4 months every year walking on the sand and watching the glorious sunsets. His greatest joy was being with his family and friends.
Tom is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara (Tabor), his sons, Thomas (Jan) and Troy (Deb); grandchildren, Colin and Denika; sisters, Jewel (Ken) Spence and Pat (Murray) Gilroy and several cousins, nieces and nephews. His sudden unexpected passing will be forever mourned by all his family and friends.
Visitation was held at A.H. Brown Funeral Home, Springhill on Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm. A celebration of Tom’s life was held at the funeral home on Saturday, July 28 at 2 pm followed by a reception. The Celebration of Life can be veiwed by visiting www.brownsfuneralhome.com