Thomas L. Levins

Thomas Lovett Anthony Levins

May 27, 1936 – March 28, 2021

 

After a long battle with cancer, Tom passed away peacefully at the Tillsonburg Hospital on Palm Sunday. He is predeceased by his parents Thomas and Teresa Levins and his sister Frances (Boyd). Tom is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lynda; his children and their spouses, Donald (Jennifer), Brian (Sandy Montour), Michael (Sandra Costa), Bruce (Nathalie Brisson), Sean (Lisa), Christina ‘Tina’ (Rick Wilson), and step children Jim (Janey), John (Jacqueline), and Jacki Greer (Todd). Together Tom and Lynda have 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Tom was born in Montreal, Quebec. He loved watching boxing with his father, was a waterboy for the Montreal Alouettes and was an active leader in Scouts Canada for many years. Tom instilled the love of the outdoors, a strong work ethic and the value of a dollar with his children. 

 Tom graduated from McGill University and held a successful career with DuPont until his retirement in 1987. During retirement, Tom enjoyed traveling throughout North America, Ireland, Scotland, England and Portugal. Tom and Lynda moved from Oakville to Tillsonburg in 2013 and were active members at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and attended St. Paul’s United Church. 

Tom was proud of his family, his Faith and his Irish heritage. A funeral mass and celebration of life will be scheduled to honor Tom’s memory at a time when family and friends can safely gather. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. (Matthew 5:4). 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Mary’s Church or to St. Paul’s Church are appreciated and may be made directly, or by cheque through Wareing Cremation Services, 346 Simcoe St., Tillsonburg N4G 2J8 (519-409-5575) entrusted with arrangements.  Messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared at wareingcremation.ca

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4 comments

  • Deepest Sympathy to all the family, RIP Tom 🙏🙏🙏🙏

    Catherine and Richard Beriault
  • RIP Tom. I will always remember these warm words you spoke to me back in September of 1985. “To Thee and Thine from Me and Mine, I welcome you into our family with open arms”. Life took us different directions, but I remember fondly: (1) your livingroom furniture with the exact same “western-cowboy motif” that was on the upholstery of all the livingroom furniture, along with all the floor and table lamp shades, and the vertical blinds. You indeed had a memorable way with home decor (thank you Lynda for helping Tom evolve out of that phase of “matchy matchy”). (2) your wall-to-wall collection of hurricane lamps…when 1 or 2 simply won’t do, why not 100? (I don’t envy you packing up those to move to Tillsonburg). (3) your policy of welcoming open-door, no door-bell-or-advance-call-required, drop-ins from the dozens of teenaged kids looking for your brood of kids, and them flopping comfortably on your couch to talk with you at all hours if your kids weren’t home at the time (must have driven poor Lynda crazy, when she joined the family, having these kids just walk in and raid the fridge). (4) No-fuss BBQ burgers for low-key Thanksgiving dinner. (5) greeting cards for the grandkids that referenced future-looking investments you made in their names, instead of instant-gratification disposable toys (helped my son buy his first car!). (6) tracking every penny you “loaned” to your kids while they were growing up, recording it all in kid-specific ledgers and then forgiving it all as wedding gifts to each one. (7) Pragmatic advice on jobs, income, tax planning, investments, budgeting, etc. You indeed taught your children (and their partners, and your grandchildren) the “value of a dollar” despite them teasing you about it (no wonder you and Lynda were able to take all those terrific holidays in your retirement years). I treasure most the memories of times when we all got together and your biys tried to out-do each other with gags and pranks and jokes. Such joy to hold close in these times of sadness and grief. I send my deepest sympathies and condolences to your family and friends. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. Rest well in the arms of the Lord.

    Karen Levins
  • Sorry for your loss Lynda and to the rest of your family.

    Tammy Giberson
  • Tom’s gentle sense of humor and “can do”approach to things,made him a valued member of St.Paul’s Messy Church family.Through this group he became a valued personal friend and we miss him very much.

    David and Norma Collis

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