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TOM AUSTIN It is with great sadness and love that we announce the passing of Tom after a period of declining health due to Parkinsons with LBD. Tom was born, raised and educated in San Jose, Costa Rica. He came to Canada in June 1956 and to Winnipeg in March 1957. Remaining to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Margaret, and three wonderful children Sandy (Dean Bauerlein), Val (Neil Asbury) and Tim (Deb); one awesome grandson, Austin, and six gorgeous granddaughters, Mackenzie, Theresa, Samantha, Mikaela, Courtney and Erika; sister Margaret Jones (Cecil) in Moncton, NB; brother, Bill (Margaret) in Etobicoke, sister-in-law, Norma Peters in Saskatoon; several nieces and nephews. Tom enjoyed his association with Transcona Kinsmen and K-40 Clubs; Transcona Senior Curling Club; Garden City Golf Club; he was co-owner of Grumpy Old Men Construction Co. Travel included trips to Costa Rica, Canary Islands, Mexico, cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska and the Panama Canal, and motor trips to several places in Canada and the U.S.A. He also enjoyed making very good wine. While his journey has now taken him from family and friends, he has left a legacy of love and laughter that will allow us to cherish his memory and forever keep him close to our hearts. We will miss him, his beautiful smile, the twinkle in his eyes and great hugs. The family extend their thanks to Jack Quail for his friendship and support to Tom and his family. Celebration of Tom's life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. A private interment will take place at a later date at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to Parkinsons Society of Manitoba, or the charity of one's choice. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 03, 2017

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Its been a while but its taken alot out of me and strength to post this but here it goes. My Pappa was a wonderful Pappa he was amazing I couldn't ask for amything better. Pappa I miss you so much you helped me threw alot, ever since I was really young. Without you I may not love swimming like i do now. You were there for me when I didnt want to go in the water and I would only go in for you. When Pappa Asbury (my dads dad) passed away you gave me tons of love and hugs. I love you so much its sad to see you gone but I know your in a better place and watching down on all of us. I wish I could give you a big bear hug right now. Love you so much Pappa. - Posted by: Sami (Granddaughter) on: Sep 09, 2017

  • My dear sister and family I am holing you in my heart as you say farewell to a man who lived his life well., He will always remain a big part of my life and be missed. Be comforted in knowing he is now safe from all harm and pain. - Posted by: Norma Peters (sister-in-law) on: Mar 11, 2017

  • I remember your dad's smiling face, and his wonderful sense of humor. I grew up knowing that your parents were there for all of us on the street. We had a great place to live our childhood dreams because of the wonderful parent role models that all of us children were surrounded by. Your parents being one of the many. As the years have passes, and communities change; the little community of Blue Heron remains fond in my memory. We have lost another one of the pillars, that we as children looked up to. Now I can look up to the stars, and know that Mr. Austin(Tom) is looking down upon us and smiling. He is in good company with the other Blue Heron Community members. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Austin for the wonderful memories. And for Sandy Val and Tim. Your father lives on within you therefore he is never far from you. So when you smile, feel joy, compassion, and express love; that is the gift he gave you that lives on within you. He is never far. I will leave you with some words from the Heart Sutra from Thick Nhat Hanh. I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’” That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf. --Thich Nhat Hanh-- With Love, Derin Young - Posted by: Derin (neighbor) on: Mar 05, 2017

  • The world has lost another good guy, while the Lord welcomes him with open arms. My thoughts go out to the family and his many friends who will miss him. Sincerely, Jim Quail. - Posted by: Jim (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2017

  • I want to extended my condolences to Margaret. .his wife and life partner , and extended family The gift of life, however dear must sometime pass away.. ..Yet love and memories remain eternal gifts that stay. With Sympathy Cornelia - Posted by: Cornelia (Footcare Nurse) on: Mar 03, 2017

  • Very sorry Sandy and Val that your wonderful father is no longer with us. I will always remember him fondly and the Austin family home which was always so welcoming and love-filled. I don't believe there is anything quite so special as the love between a Dad and his daughter/s. May you hold onto that special love as your hearts find healing. xxoo G. - Posted by: Glynis Weaver (friend) on: Mar 03, 2017

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