Tom Spence

At the age of 70 years old, passed away suddenly at home on March 27th,2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Wendy; daughter Lisa (Doria) Newman of Trail, granddaughter Katie (Josh) Moisson, and great-grandson Jaxton; his son Greg (Christina) Spence of Golden, grandson Connor and granddaughter Isabel. He will be sadly missed by his brother Doug(Laurie) from Sooke, his nephew Andrew (Karen) and Julianne of Sooke; nephew Scott (Destiny) and daughter Taryn of Fort St-John; his sister Debbie (Mike) Torresan of Fruitvale and their children Travis (Jessica) and sons Justice and Leo and nephew Justin and niece Tricia of Fruitvale.

Tom was born on June 24th 1944 in Wapella SK, to his parents William and Margaret.

He graduated high school in Trail in 1964. He joined Teck/Cominco in 1965 where he started his apprenticeship in lead burning and completed it in 1970. He accepted a position as supervisor at Teck where he worked for 37 years, before retiring in 2001, and made the move to Nelson shortly after.

Tom was a great family man and a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He married Wendy, his childhood sweetheart in 1966.

Tom was a social, active man who was well respected in his community. He enjoyed building and helping friends with any project. His family and friends will always remember him as a generous, loyal person. A celebration of Tom’s life is scheduled for 2:00pm till 4:00pm on April 10, 2015 at the Balfour Golf Course. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tom’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BC Heart and Stroke, or any children’s cause. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be expressed at

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