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THOMAS GEORGE BERRY (TOM)

Born: Apr 10, 1947

Date of Passing: Sep 26, 2019

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THOMAS GEORGE BERRY
April 10, 1947 - September 26, 2019

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Tom Berry, respected professor, outdoor enthusiast and loved father and grandfather.
Surviving to mourn his loss, his daughter Dana Dolphin, her husband Derek, grandchildren, Dayton and Dayvanee, and numerous friends. Tom's grandchildren were the light of his life. He devotedly attended every hockey game and many gymnastic practices; he was always eager to support his grandchildren whom he loved dearly.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, Don and Dorothy, his adored wife of 47 years, Susan, and his beloved son, David.
Raised in St. Thomas, ON where he met his wife, Susan, Tom went on to attend the University of Waterloo where he earned his PhD. After a year teaching at the University of Arizona, Tom was hired in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Manitoba where he taught for 38 years. Tom had a great passion for teaching and received numerous awards in education excellence. Tom's love of math and science also allowed him to work for Bristol Aerospace on the Oedipus-A project. Tom's many other passions included, sled dog racing, Scouting, wood carving, hunting and many other outdoor activities. In recent years his favourite outdoor activity would be fishing, on his boat, with his beloved grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Dr. Rush, Dr. Weibe, Dr. Karpinski and the staff at the Renal Transplant Program; the staff at the Health Sciences Centre Home Hemodialysis Unit, and Dr. Gravelle and staff at the Ste. Anne Hospital, Palliative Care.
In accordance with Tom's wishes there will be no ceremony or service.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Tom's memory to: wildlifehaven.ca where he volunteered.

Dad, you're needed with Mom and David now. You will be missed greatly and your memory will live on in our hearts, always. You are loved and missed beyond measure.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 28, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Professor Berry was my first Math professor at the U of M when I enrolled in 1999. As a mature student in the faculty of Engineering, I got along well with him. He was patient, kind, and always available to provide encouragement. There was never a time where he did not stop to chat if he saw me studying on campus. My heartfelt condolences to his family, he will be missed! - Posted by: Belinda Di Marco (Former Student) on: Nov 10, 2020

  • We are deeply saddened to learn of Tom's passing. We first met Tom in the 1980s, when he was Scout Master for the local Boys Scouts of Canada unit, in which our son was enrolled. I also had the privilege of teaching with Tom's wife Susan, and had their daughter in my pre-school in the 1980s. Despite his health issues, Tom remained positive and congenial whenever we happened to bump into each other. Our deepest sympathy to Dana and family, and to all Tom's close friends. - Posted by: The Sparlings (Friend) on: Oct 11, 2019

  • Tom was one of the first people I met when I came to teach at UofM. He was always supportive and encouraging. Once, he took time during Christmas holidays to help me mark my exams. His Harley was one of his passions. Hopefully now you can take your trip south. I will miss you and so will the students at UofM. May God bless you take care of you and your family. - Posted by: Bill Korytowski (Colleague and friend. ) on: Oct 04, 2019

  • Tom's passing is a devastating loss to his family and to many of us who have had the privilege to enjoy his great friendship and colleagiality. Tom was a fantastic human being. Absolutely kind-hearted, gentle, totally reliable and a genuinely wonderful human being. He took me under his wings (as a mentor) when I joined the department of mathematics as a junior colleague in 1999, and we have been the best of friends ever since. He showed me the way.... for a successful career in academia... and, more importantly, he shared with me his amazing love of the profession, particularly on ways to help students succeed. He was a fantastic teacher.....as clearly evident by the countless number of the teaching awards he won. Tom was a massively fun person. There never was a dull moment whenever he is around. We had so much fun. He and I and Joe Williams (whom we fondly nicknamed "Sir Williams") were almost always together during our UofM days.... Tom took us to almost every nice restaurant in town (Tom knew them all.... and he was such a generous tipper!) We have had so much fun visiting him in his nice home (chatting with late Sue and David....may they continue to rest in peace...., Dana and his beloved dogs (Newton, Einstein and the name of the third one escapes me at this moment). Tom loved his toys.... big trucks, motorcycle and the trucks he used at his cabin. I recall the many times we went tree planting in his cabin.... and how he wanted us (particularly Dean Slonowsky and myself) to plant the trees in a "textbook way"-:))). Tom was simply a wonderful human being. I am devastated by his loss. The last time I saw him was last summer, when I was in Winnipeg for an official business. Despite his ill health, he drove all the way from Ile de chenes to see me at the downtown UofM campus.... he, of course, insisted on taking me to lunch at a posh restaurant. Lunch lasted at least 3 hours.... we were reminiscing on the great old days at the UofM before he (and Sir Williams) retired. Reminiscing the great moments with David and Sue. Tom also talked to me at great length about the greatest joy of his life.... his grand children. He adored them; and couldn't really stop talking about them (eventhough I haven't had the pleasure of meeting with them yet). They don't make them like Tom Berry. A great guy with a big heart. A man of immense integrity, conscience and honour. A dutiful family man who absolutely adored his family. A fantastic teacher who epitomizes the finest in the pedagogic tradition of our trade. An unbelievably loyal man..... Tom can go to whatever length to defend and promote the people he cares about. A very humble and forgiving man..... I often asked him how he could be so nice to those who were clearly out to get him (and things he cared about). He always laughed and joked that because I have ``superior attributes"-:))). Tom was a people's person. He loved everyone....and was absolutely loved by pretty much everyone who knew him. Tom was super funny.... and can be counted upon to always ``break the ice" with his well-timed, spontaneous and super elegant and creative jokes. He was such a joy to be around at all times...and at all venues. A giant has fallen. A giant with a giant heart has fallen. We have lost a great friend. UofM has lost one of its most selfless and dutiful academic (having served the university with absolute distinction and passion for over 4 decades). One of UofM's finest. I only hope that UofM can finally give him the recognition he absoluetly earned and deserved.... even if posthumously. Blessed be your great soul. You have touched and positively impacted the lives of countless many.... including yours truly. It is now time for you to rest in the blessed company of David and Sue. It was such an honour knowing and learning from you. Winnipeg has lost one of its most illustrious sons. It is no longer the same without your giant and graceful presence. Adieu, Tom. You will be greatly missed.... untll we join you and resume solving tensor calculus problems in the worlds beyond. What a man. What a soul. There was only one Tom Berry. The Great TGB of UofM.....and beyond. They don't make em like him. He did it his way... the fun way. - Posted by: Abba Gumel (Close friend and colleague) on: Oct 02, 2019

  • Tom was a great guy, always happy and friendly. He genuinely cared about teaching and teaching well. He wanted to push the students and inspire them to want more out of their math classes. I am inspired to be a better teacher thanks to Tom Berry. He was a good friend and he will be missed. - Posted by: Robert Borgersen (Coworker) on: Sep 30, 2019

  • Dr. Berry was one of my favorite professors. Math can be boring, but he brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm and was very fair to all of us. I remember that he always wore big, rugged looking boots that made huge stomping sounds as he wrote on the chalkboard. - Posted by: Calvin Ewanchuk (Student) on: Sep 29, 2019

  • My thoughts are with your family at this time. May you feel peace in your heart and carry his memory with you always. - Posted by: Carley (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2019

  • Dana and family, On behalf of The Kjartanson Family please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your father. Terry Kjartanson - Posted by: Terry Kjartanson (Family Friend) on: Sep 28, 2019

  • Dana our sincerest condolences to you and your family. May all your happy memories and knowing your dad is together again with your mom and David comfort you. XO - Posted by: Rita and Lloyd Mymko (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2019

  • So sorry for your loss Dana. Our prayers are with you. - Posted by: Frank & Diane Blahnik (Friends) on: Sep 28, 2019

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