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Date of Passing: Apr 10, 2021

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Tom Torbitt died peacefully on April 10, 2021 at Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, at 77 years of age, due to complications of prostate cancer.
Predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Evaline Torbitt of Souris, MB and Chaplin, SK and younger sister Kathleen of Petawawa, ON. Survived by younger brother Allan, of Ottawa, and several cousins and an aunt in western Canada.
Tom was born and raised in Souris, MB. After high school, he enlisted briefly in the Royal Canadian Air Force but found the military life was not for him. Back in civilian life, he lived for a time in Toronto, then moved to Winnipeg where he remained for the rest of his life.
Tom, like many, had his personal demons, which he sought to understand and resolve through various means, including study of religions and psychological theory. He earned a degree in these disciplines from the University of Winnipeg.
Later in life, Tom discovered a vocation in theatre production and worked for a number of years as a lighting technician for Winnipeg's Fantasy Theatre for Children, where, by all accounts, he was well-liked and respected by colleagues.
Tom was a very private and quiet man, personable, introspective, soft spoken and without malice to anyone. Able to live comfortably in later years, he took great pleasure in home improvement projects around his house.
Many thanks to the superb team at Riverview Palliative Care ward for their kind and compassionate care of Tom in recent weeks, to other caregivers and to friends who stepped up with offers of assistance, most particularly his neighbours and friends Garry and Sheryl.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no service. E. J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 17, 2021

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I got to know Tom through Fantasy Theatre...we spent many an hour in the sound/lighting booth talking about philosophy and giggling at the onstage antics. Always you were greated by his sweet smile and quiet warmth. A soft beautiful soul....this is how I'll always remember Tom. - Posted by: Carolyn Lutes (Friend from Fantasy Theatre) on: May 06, 2021

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