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Born: Nov 08, 1984

Date of Passing: Oct 27, 2018

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It is with great sadness and the heaviest of hearts that we say goodbye to Thomas Andrew Hetherington who passed away on October 27, 2018 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital.
Thomas was predeceased by his grandfather Cyril Hetherington; grandfather Isaak Doerksen; grandmother Lilliane Doerksen; uncle John Doerksen and cousin Matthew Doerksen.
Left on mourn are his father Tom Hetherington; mother Lorraine Fox (Dave); brother Cameron (Tina); children, Arianna and Colin; sister Christina (Dave); children, Morgan, Logan and Wyatt; sister Mellisa (Adam); children, Ava and Laia; stepbrother Ross; stepsister Alicia (Brock); children, Alivia and Fox; grandmother Marjorie Fox, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Thomas was born November 8, 1984 at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He spent his childhood years in St. Vital and attended Windsor School. His love of hockey started early in life and at three years old he joined the Windsor Warriors. When he was 11, the family moved to Victoria, BC where he spent time fishing, hiking and rollerblading. In 1998 the family moved back to Winnipeg where he attended Dakota Collegiate.
At 21, Thomas moved to Niagara Falls to start his career in fire protection as a Sprinkler Fitter Apprentice. Four years later he became a licensed Red Seal Sprinkler Fitter. He worked for various companies, and after his brother Cameron started his own company, Thomas joined Niagara Regional Fire Protection.
Family was important to Thomas. He especially enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews, and had a special bond with all of them, flying to Winnipeg and Victoria to visit as often as he could. Thomas was gentle and kind, and would often help family, friends or anyone who needed a helping hand. He also had a great sense of humour and entertained people with his one-liners.
Thomas was compassionate and considerate of others; he had a generous spirit, so much so that he signed his donor card and became an organ donor. This selfless act of giving helped save three people in Ontario. Through them, Thomas lives on.

We love you and miss you
but we will see you again one day.
Rest in peace dear, sweet, Thomas.

Of all the special gifts in life
However great or small
To have you as our son
Was the greatest gift of all
A special time
A special face
A special son
We can't replace
With aching hearts
We whisper low
We miss you son
And love you so

The family would like to thank the staff in the ICU at the Greater Niagara Hospital for all their kind, loving care.
A Celebration of Life will be held on July 3, 11:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Anglican Church, 19 St. Mark's Place.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 15, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Thomas' mother is my dearest friend and the woman I admire most for her generous heart. With the tragic passing of her youngest child, there is now a huge hole in that heart. She is a woman of strength and patience who has been a huge source of support to her large and extended family. We hope to mirror that with our support now. Thomas was the quietest of her children, shy but with a wonderful sense of humour. He was a true Canadian, loving and playing hockey, whether in Winnipeg or Victoria. He adored his nieces and nephews. His siblings will miss watching his loving, patient and generous interaction with their children. I hope that the deep sorrow felt by his family will ebb eventually and flow into peaceful memories. Thomas will be with each of them forever, carried in a corner of their heart and inspiring a smile whenever they see his blue eyes twinkling in their mind's eye. Let us look to the sky, for he will fly, but stay nearby, so let us cry but tears of joy, for he is nigh. - Posted by: Lorie Stevenson (Friend) on: Jul 03, 2019

  • Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you - The Pokol Family - Posted by: Paul, Cara and Sophia Pokol (Friend ) on: Jun 30, 2019

  • Tommy's mom ran a daycare that I attended as a child. I will always remember Tom as one of my best friends growing up. Although our paths in life lead us in different directions, I will always cherish the memory of our childhood. Tom was the type of friend that, even though we hadn't seen each other in years, I feel that we could have simply started where we left off had we met again. It saddens me deeply knowing that I will never have that chance. My sincerest condolences to Tom's family. - Posted by: David Mason (Childhood friend) on: Jun 16, 2019

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