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It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our friend and colleague, Tom Dubinski, who recently celebrated his 61st birthday.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Peggy Dubinski in 2007 and 2012 respectively, and cousins James Powers and Allan Bruce. He is survived by a further eight cousins, Irene, Peggy and Alden Powers, Jessie and Howard Bruce, and Diane, Roger and Donald Labonte.
Tom was born in Winnipeg and raised in the River Heights area of the city. He later attended the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science. He worked for several years in industry before returning to the U of M in 1987 as a sessional lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. He later moved from the classroom into a technical support role as an Information Technologist in the same department beginning in 1992. This was the role he held for the next 27 years, up to the time of his passing. During that time, he made many friendships across the university.
Tom had a number of passions and interests beyond computer science. He was proud of his Ukrainian heritage and often used the nickname 'Perogy,' including, for a time, sporting a personalized license plate with the name. He was a long-time season ticket holder and patron of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, which he used to attend along with his father, and later friends. Tom was also a life-long supporter and season ticket holder with the Winnipeg Football Club. Football was a passion he inherited from his parents, who originally met on their way to the Grey Cup. Each season Tom could be found, rain or shine, cheering on the Blue Bombers from Section 130 of IG Field. Tom also had a wonderful sense of humour and an interest in animation and comedy, particularly British comedy.
An informal gathering of remembrance will be held on Thursday, February 13 at 3:00 p.m. in room E2-609 of the Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC) at the University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus). All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Tom and I weren't really close, but he was a godsend for someone like me just starting out in Winnipeg (early 80s) and was a helpful and happy person who seemed to delight in sharing his knowledge with others. He was highly active in the Macintosh community and loved to keep abreast of the goings-on in that community, keeping up with constant software shifts. I was struggling to remember his name the other day, and wanted to do my once-in-a-decade check-in to see how he was doing, and I was shocked to find out that the answer was ... not very well. I wish him the best on the other side, and I hope I get a chance to catch up when I shuffle off. Thanks for everything Tom. You'll be missed by better than I. - Posted by: Ray Hewitt (old friend) on: Apr 14, 2021

  • I just found out of Tom's passing and am shocked and saddened. Tom's father, Ed, was my boss when I worked for the Sanatorium Board in the late 1950's as a summer student. As years went by and I became a Chartered Accountant, I assisted Ed And Peggy with income tax matters and met Tom. Tom was unique and had a real easy going manner which always lifted my spirits. I will miss him! - Posted by: Robert Tollefson (Friend) on: May 22, 2020

  • So very sad to hear of Tom's passing . He will always be remembered as a Patron of the Arts who attended the Wpg Symphony Orchestra Concerts and also the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society concerts. I will never forget him as a youngster living on Beaverbrooke & attending the River Hts Schools with my son . So sorry that i will not be able to see him show up at the Concert Hall to say hello to him. My sincere sympathy to all his family. - Posted by: Mrs Margaret Moroz (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2020

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