Thomas Anthony Dewsbury passed away quietly in Royal Inland Hospital Feb. 3, 2011. He was 66. Born June 3, 1944 in Ainsdale (Liverpool) England. Tom was the middle child of five. Born to Henry and Mary Dewsbury. Tom has two brothers: Peter and Joe (deceased); two sisters: Mary (Ian) and Anne. In 1966, Tom and his wife Paula immigrated to Canada. Tom had a dream of becoming a painter/decorator. He soon learned that Canada was not in need of painter/decorators. Tom then found work as a roofer. Tom and Paula had two children: Julie, born in 1968 and then Tom, born in 1971. Paula split up in the late 70s. Tom remained in Vancouver until 2004, when he retired to 100 Mile House. Tom loved helping people. He joined the Legion in Forest Grove, where he ran for vice president. Tom loved every minute of it. He also loved living with his daughter Julie (Ken) and his grandchildren Ainsley and Laura. He enjoyed campfires in the night and watching the stars. In 2008 he met Ramona, whom he shared many fun times with. Tom is sincerely missed by many, including his dart team.
Tom is survived by his daughter Julie (Ken), son Tom (Wendy), and his grandchildren Kayla, Colby, Dalton, Tessa, Ainsley, Spencer and Laura. He is also survived by his brother Peter and his sisters Mary (Ian) and Anne as well as many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 100 Mile Legion on Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom’s name to Royal Inland Hospital’s new ICU.
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow and defeat, I could see only one set of footprints. So I said to the Lord, “you promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I noticed that during the most trying periods of my life, there have only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?” The Lord replied, “ The times when you only saw one set of footprints in the sand is when I carried you.”