NIELSEN, Thomas 2008-12-08 NIt is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father and grandfather Thomas Nielsen. Tom passed away peacefully on December 6, 2008 at the T.B.R.H.S.C. He was born in Port Arthur, Ontario on September 23, 1923. Most of his youth was spent living in The Pas, where he developed a passion for nature. Throughout his life he would find tremendous joy out in the water, on his boat, exploring and fishing. A veteran of World War II, Tom had his military training at the Glass House in Britain, was part of the 49th Infantry Battalion and was wounded during the last few days of the war. He returned to Winnipeg and briefly attended the University of Manitoba where he made many life long friends. Financial concerns forced him to leave school and pursue a career in the insurance business. Dad’s success in this field led to many opportunities, but he chose to open up his own agencies, Dewhurst Insurance and later on, Nipigon Insurance. Tom’s retirement in 2003, at the age of 80, was celebrated with many friends and life long clients in attendance. He enjoyed the community he lived in and was part of many organizations; The Shriners, Masons, Rotary and Gyro. Dad’s life really began when he met and married his beloved Joan to whom he was married for over 51 years and who predeceased him in 2007. Their devotion was an inspiration and how fitting he should leave us to join her on her birthday. Left to mourn are Tom’s children Lucinda (Kenton) Galloway, Tom Nielsen, step-daughter Gail Servais, grandchildren: Samuel, Devin, Kelly, Monique, Michelle and Jonquele; sisters-in-law Dorothy Harrow and Alma (Bill) Lambert as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Thomas Nielsen will be held on Thursday, December 11th at 11:00 a.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street, with Rev. Randy Boyd of Trinity United Church officiating. Inurnment will take place at Riverside Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy memorials to the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy or the T.B.R.H.S.C. Foundation would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com. Special thanks to 1A, the ICU staff at the T.B.R.H.S.C. and the Mendek family for all of their support. He will be missed.