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THOMAS SIBA (TOM)

Born: Jun 19, 1948

Date of Passing: Apr 22, 2022

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THOMAS SIBA
June 19, 1948 - April 22, 2022


Well-known community leader, newspaper man, husband, father and grandad, Tom Siba, died peacefully on April 22. His last years had been impacted by dementia.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, Mary Schneider and Thomas Siba, brother Frank Siba and sisters, Rose Marie Dobson and Anne Beesinger. He is survived by his wife of nearly 46 years, Kathleen, son David (Cheryl), grandsons, Cohen and Lucas, daughter Heather, brother Ed Schneider (Susan), as well as in-laws, nieces and nephews across Canada.
Tom was born in Winnipeg and frequently returned to his hometown where family members still reside. In spite of living in BC, he remained loyal to his roots as a Jets fan. Tom left a treasure for his family with a detailed essay about his early life. He and his siblings were raised by their mother who earned a living running a boarding house and cleaning homes. He remembered summer visits to his grandparents' farm outside the city. As a young boy, a friend with more money used to buy him milkshakes, leading to a lifelong love of the drink. Tom was frequently top of his class in elementary school and academics came easy to him. He couldn't skate so he joined a hockey team and played goal. Not many people wanted that position so he was able to compete for several years at it. Like many youngsters, his first job was delivering newspapers and his routes provided money to eventually finance his way through university which he called "the golden years." It was there while pursuing his degree that he met the Commerce Vigilantes. The 12 friends had a 20th reunion in 1990 and had planned a 50th in Las Vegas in 2020 that was cancelled due to COVID. His working career started with Arthur Anderson and Company in Winnipeg and he was transferred to Vancouver in 1974. There he met Kathleen and on their first date they danced to "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" which became their song. The couple lived in Campbell River and Port Hardy before moving to Tsawwassen, where Tom joined Madison Group in 1978. Until his retirement, he remained part of that company which acquired a myriad of businesses, including newspapers, over the next several decades.
Tom is remembered as a man who worked hard for his family and community. Welcoming two grandsons into his life, Tom enjoyed White Spot milkshakes with them, laughing at the antics of Cohen from the time of his birth in 2018 and sharing his dry wit with teen Lucas during family visits. He also enjoyed a glass of local Four Winds beer or Crown Royal and cigar with friends. He loved the water; whether on his sailboat, aboard a cruise ship exploring the world or at his vacation home in Turks and Caicos. As a couple or a family with David and Heather, the Sibas visited many parts of the world. An avid reader, that interest started early in life when he especially loved to read his brother's history books.
A resident of Tsawwassen for 44 years, Tom volunteered for many community and professional organizations, often taking a leadership role or serving in any capacity required. They include The Rotary Club of Ladner, Scouts Canada District president 1993 to 1997, Reach Child and Development Society and Reach Foundation, Delta Community Foundation, Ladner and Tsawwassen Business Associations, Delta Heritage Museum and Lower Mainland Better Business Bureau. Both Tom and Kathleen were welcome at fundraisers where they enthusiastically bid on numerous silent auction items. Tom spent 25 years in the community newspaper industry, running several Lower Mainland newspapers and publications for Glacier Media and specifically as publisher of Delta Optimist for 15+ years. It is only fitting he was also involved provincially and nationally, as a BC and Yukon Community Newspapers Association Director for many years and as a BC Director on Canadian Community Newspapers Association Board. He served as BCY President in 1991-1992.
The family is grateful to the staff at Delta View Care Centre, where Tom lived out the final time of his life.
Two Celebrations of Life will be held: first at the Coast Tsawwassen, 1665 - 56th St, in Tsawwassen, BC, on Friday, May 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and a second in Winnipeg at the Fort Garry Hotel, Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Please RSVP to: sibakathleen@gmail.com
In lieu of flowers, Tom's family asks that donations be made to either:


Reach Child and Youth Development, reachdevelopment.org;
Delta Community Foundation, deltafoundation.org;
or Backpack Buddies, backpackbuddies.ca

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 07, 2022, May 14, 2022

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