Thomas William Tanner
Retired Algonquin Professor
Peacefully at home with his family by his side on March 20, 2019, at age 77, after a two-year journey with cancer.
Tom leaves behind Laura, his wife of 53 years; son Keith and daughter-in-law Janel; daughter Kylie and son-in-law Mark Taggart and grandchildren Laura, Jayne and Ian Taggart; brother Rob and sister-in-law Brenda. He will be missed by his brothers and sisters-in-law Bob and Mary McTavish; Donna Ainslie; Marian and Ron Lane, Stuart and Sue McTavish, Murray and Charlotte McTavish; Hugh McTavish and Kelly Arnt. Uncle Tom was very special to his nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews. He had many dear friends whose love and kindness were evident and welcome throughout his life.
Tom grew up in London, Ontario and studied history at the University of Western Ontario, where he met Laura. His experience with Older Boys' Parliament created lasting memories, as did a year in Tasmania with Rob and their parents Cedric and Kathleen. In 1966, Tom and Laura left directly from their wedding reception to travel to Armidale, Australia, where Tom earned a PhD in history at the University of New England and made lifelong friends. Tom then became a professor at Algonquin College in Ottawa, where he taught for more than 30 years. Year-long sabbaticals took Tom, Laura, Keith and Kylie back to Armidale four times and retirement brought more travel. Throughout his life he explored North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the South Pacific, Australia and Central America.
Tom has been an active member of Glebe-St. James United Church for the past 40 years where he filled many roles.
Summers were enjoyed at the cottage on Lake Cecebe, especially driving his boat to attend Trinity United in Magnetawan, Ontario.
A thoughtful man with a keen desire to learn, Tom had a wide range of interests, including music, art and all forms of transportation. Known for being generous with his time and skills and for listening to others with respect, he purposely chose to be kind and grateful. A born teacher, Tom was always taking advantage of teachable moments with his children and grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm and again from 7 to 9 pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Glebe-St. James United Church, 650 Lyon Street South, Ottawa at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Glebe-St. James United Church (glebestjames.ca).
Interment will be at a later date at St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Shakespeare, Ontario.