December 25, 1921 – November 8, 2003
Tom Rennie of Matsqui, B.C. passed away Saturday evening at MSA Hospital at the age of 81 years. He had health problens the last couple of years and his heart simply told him it was time.
He is survived by his wife of 46 yars, Mary; his sons Wayne (Jenny), Gary (Flo), John (Brenda and David; his daughters Joan (Bob) and Nancy (Mike); 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Also his brother Doug, sisters Nancey, Jean, Helen and Bonnie. He was predeceased by his brother Jimmie.
Tom was born at Castle Douglas, Scotland on Christman Day, 1921. In 1925, he came to Canada with his parents, Dave and Jena and sister Nancey and Jean. They settled in the Glenmore area of Matsqui Prairie on a farm at the bottom of Glenmore Road Hill. He went to school in Gifford and Matsqui Village and as a young man, worked on the farm, had a paper route and did various other jobs that one could find in the 1930’s.
He enlisted in the army in 1941 and served with the Royal Canadian Artillery as a gunner in Italy, Holland and Germany. He was discharged in 1946 and moved to Clayburn Road where he lived for the next 45 years. In the early fifties, he worked up North in Dawson City on the gold dredges. He started working for the District of Matsqui in 1955 and retired as an equipment operator in 1987. After he married in 1956, he continued to live on his farm until its sale in 1992. Tom and Mary then moved to Abbotsford, where he resided until his death. Tom was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 15 for 58 years.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to his friend, Ken Frost and caregiver Tanya for their support and companionship Tom enjoyed so much.
There will be a viewing with the family on Thursday, November 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Henderson’s Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Hazelwood Cemetery on November 14th at 12:30 p.m. Rev. Wayne Wattman officiating. A celebration of Tom’s life will follow at Matsqui Community Hall in Matsqui Village. It will start at 2:00 p.m. sharp. For those attending the graveside service, bring your boots and appropriate weather attire…it’s November.
THE RENNIE FAMILY
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimers Society in support of Mary would be greatly appreciated.