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Born: Dec 22, 1926

Date of Passing: Aug 03, 2021

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December 22, 1926 – August 3, 2021

It is with heavy hearts the Gustafson family announce, Tom passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Deer Lodge Centre.
Tom was predeceased by the love of his life, Barbara Louise Gustafson, who went to prepare a place for them in May of this year. Also predeceased by his parents, Peter and Mary (Johnson) Gustafson, sister Viola, brothers Gerald and George, son David, grandson Tyler, great-grandson Jordan and many other close family.

Tom is survived by sister, Audrey Adduno and brother Norman Gustafson, daughters Janis (Darryl) Baptist, Lynn (David) Findlay,  son Peter (Carol) Gustafson, daughter-in-law Susan Gustafson, six grandchildren Laura, Jason (Carrie), Danielle, Jennifer, Trevor and Kaylyn, six great-grandchildren Connor, Zachery, Emilee, Rowyn, Sawyer and Huxley and one great-great-grandson, Xavier.

Born in Neepawa, MB, December 22, 1926, the family moved to Winnipeg until Tom joined the action in the Second World War at the age of 17 and a half. Tom served as Seaman Petty Officer patrolling the seas with other war ships from other countries. He served on three ships: HMCS ST CATHARINES, HMCS PENETANG and HMCS LEVIS (II).
After the war, he became an CNR apprentice carman in Thunder Bay. There he met his beautiful wife, Barbara and married in 1952. During the time, Tom and Barb raised four children, he served in the RCNR for 20 years at HMCS CHIPPAWA, HMCS GRIFFON, HMCS NADEN, HMCS CORNWALLIS, and PROTECTOR (Point Edward Naval Station).
Tom was a member of the Masonic Lodge 499 and was Senior Warden when CN transferred him to Gilliam, MB. From 1973 to 1981 CNR transferred Tom to Winnipeg, Montreal, Thunder Bay then finally back to Winnipeg where he retired in 1986 after 43 years of service.
Tom was an active member of St. George's Anglican Church and the Masonic Lodge in Winnipeg. He is a member of the RCL Br #7, Transcona.
"Gabby Gus" always had a smile and helping hand for anyone who needed it. He was a hard worker, proud to serve his country, his family, his church, and his God. When Barbara became ill and joined him at Deer Lodge, the staff made sure they were able to see each other daily. They had a life of love for almost 69 years, surrounding themselves with many good friends.
Tom's family would like to thank all the staff on Tower 5 at Deer Lodge Centre for their compassion and caring hands during dad's stay. As with anywhere dad went, he left many new special friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom's memory to the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation at or Transcona Legion #007 PO Box 62005 RPO Transcona, Winnipeg, MB R2C 5G2
Due to Covid 19, a combined, private Memorial Service, by invitation only, for Thomas and Barbara Gustafson will take place at Coutu Funeral Chapel, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. followed by an interment (adhering to recent Covid guidelines) with full Colour Guard, at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens at 2:30 p.m. which friends may join.

Family invite friends to sign the online book of condolences at

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 07, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • If anyone wanted to see true love, they did not need to look any further than Uncle Tom and Auntie Bobby. Their kindnesses, love, generosity and Christian beliefs have left a life long impression on my life. Love and miss you both. - Posted by: Elaine Harverson (Neice) on: Aug 10, 2021

  • We have so many wonderful memories of our times together. Our 25th in Mexico, my 50th in New York City, our adventure to Curacao and the many visits in TB, the Peg and here. We will forever miss sharing a Rum and Coke until we meet again. Love Bill and Tena - Posted by: Tena Horne (Niece) on: Aug 09, 2021

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