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Born: Apr 17, 1932

Date of Passing: Nov 24, 2021

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Tom passed away peacefully in his sleep at 2:40 p.m., on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at the Red River Extendicare Home in Selkirk, MB. Tom was born April 17, 1932 in Drumslade Rd, Coleraine, County London Derry, Northern Ireland.
In 1953, after the death of their parents, Tom and his older brother Jack jumped a boat to Australia but due to a fire they ended up on a boat to Canada. They both got a job at Searle Grain Farm in Selkirk, Manitoba and at Greys Mink Ranch in Headingly. Tom moved on to work for Taillieau Construction for 13 years, until he moved to The City of Winnipeg Fort Garry Div. in 1965 as a heavy machinery operator; where he was well known for ploughing the roads in his beloved Grader. For many years he worked alongside his long-time friend, aka his "Eldest Son" Blair Schapansky (Gloria) until he took a well deserved early retirement in 1993.
Tom and Linda moved out of the city and purchased their cabin at Chelsey's Resort in Petersfield, MB where they resided for 22 years. Tom enjoyed doing the garbage run in the resort, cleaning the roads and working at the marina until they downsized into Lyons Manor in Selkirk, for the last six years.
Tom was predeceased by his parents William and Annie (Mullan) Hemphill; his brothers, Robert, Willy, and Jack; and sisters, Anna, Nelly and Rachel.
Tom is survived by his beloved sister Jean Listen in England and called her weekly until his passing; his beloved and cherished wife of 59 years Linda (Dell) Hemphill, she is heart broken over the loss of her sweet Irishman - her one and only love and will miss him every day; his four children, daughters, Liz (Don) Chopeck and Margaret Hemphill (friend Tom Szo); sons, Joe Hemphill (Kathleen Harris) and Ron (Candace Harris) Hemphill; grandchildren, Michael (Michelle) Chopeck, Kim (Sam Lewis) Chopeck, Ashley Hemphill, Dustin Hemphill, Christopher (Lindsey) Banman, Giuliana Di Girolamo (Chase Buhler), and Ryan Harris and great-grandson Charles Thomas Oliver Chopeck. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Sandra Sanderson and Janice Dell (Jim) that he raised since the death of their mother in 1971; his brother Jack's children that he adored, Kelly Hemphill, Kim Seabrook (Dave Hall) and Kevin (Linda) Hemphill, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews in England and Northern Ireland.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will take place at a later date.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Linda - Peter told us the sad news about Tom. We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers from Northern Ireland to you all at this time. Colin, Karena & Ernie - Posted by: Colin Cluney (Friend from Northern Ireland ) on: Nov 29, 2021

  • Barbara & I thank you for the many years you worked for us we always considered you as a friend first. We enjoyed your visits to our new home after leaving chesleys. Take care our friend. - Posted by: bryan gafka (friend) on: Nov 29, 2021

  • I am so sorry for your loss, Linda. Sorry too that we lost touch over the years. I remember fondly the time spent with you and Tom and Blair too. Working with you at Woolco was such a good time. I have thought of you and Tom many times over the years. God Bless you and your family in this sad time. - Posted by: Donna Scibak (Friend ) on: Nov 28, 2021

  • Well it is with profound sadness that we lost another truly great guy, Tom Hemphill, as I had the privilege of being Tom's boss over the many years he worked for the City of Winnipeg, Tom was the type of employee every Boss dreams of to make things run smooth, He could drive anything asked of him, and one thing that made him an around great guy with me is that when I needed an Operator, no matter what time of day, no matter what day of the week he never refused to come in, one thing Tom will be remembered for is his love for life, he lived for his lovely wife Linda, his family and true friends like Blair Schapansky, Tom may you rest in peace as you earned it! - Posted by: Brian Graham (Co-worker) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • To Linda & Family So sorry for your loss. Janice and I talk about you guys a lot, fond memories from when the gang hung out from Salisbury house and the Irish Club. You're In our thoughts and prayers Murray Janice & Jamie Roy - Posted by: Murray Roy (Friend from Salisbury House) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • My condolences to the family, your Father was a good man. I always had so much respect for him, he showed all of us to work hard at what ever you do and respect for your elders and other people, you will be missed but always in my memories ❤️🙏 - Posted by: Clinton Baker (Family Friend ) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences It's with deep sadness and broken hearts we, Ron and Steffi Mondor, are sad the loss of your dear beloved husband - Posted by: Ron and Steffi mondor (Dear friends) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • My deepest sympathies to the family. I had the pleasure of working with Tom at the City of Winnipeg Works and Operations Dist. 6. RIP dear Tom Faye Schmidt - Posted by: Faye Schmidt (Co-worker ) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Sending our condolences to Linda, Liz, Margie, Joey, Ronnie and families. Tommy will be remembered for his cheerful hellos, always smiling and helping anyone who needed it. We have many great camping memories at cabin 4. Rest in Peace, dear Tommy. You will be missed and remembered with love and respect. May many good memories comfort you all. With love and support from the Masniuk family. - Posted by: Sandy Masniuk (friend of the family) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • My condolences go out to The Honourable Maureen Hemphill on the passing of Mr. Hemphill. - Posted by: Philip (No relation ) on: Nov 27, 2021

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