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1953 – 2022

It is with deep sadness and regret that we note the passing of our dear brother, brother-in-law, uncle and great-uncle, Thomas Wayne Ostapovitch.
Tom was born and raised in the "burbs" of Montreal. He grew up under the wing of older brother Ken, mentored younger siblings, Gord, Judy and Mark and obtained his high school leaving certificate from MRCHS in 1970.
After graduating with a Chemical Engineering Degree from McGill University in 1975, Tom spent his career with Seagram, originally in their Amherstburg, ON distillery, then in Gimli, MB. Tom was one of the lucky few who actually realized the Canadian "Freedom 55" dream, retiring in 2008.
A consummate bachelor, Tom readily accepted holiday invitations to visit with family in Montreal, Theodore, Regina and Saskatoon. His off-colour humour and his love for Scrabble, Canasta, Liverpool Rummy and Sudoku were his trademarks.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, Tom was more or less isolated from family and friends the past couple of years. We are sure he missed his weekly excursions / movie nights / shopping sprees in Winnipeg during this time, as well as his family visits.
Tom was predeceased by both sets of grandparents; mother Gabrielle Janoska; father Peter Ostapovitch and by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Tom's presence and his Mr. Fix-It abilities will be sorely missed. The older generation will remember him as the shy, quiet little red-haired boy, proudly carrying all of his undisclosed worldly possessions in a simple, brown paper bag.
Sadly… no more hiding the tv remote from Tom. No more "Milkman" jokes.

Take care, Tom. You will be missed.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 14, 2022

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • On behalf of Tom's friends and colleagues from the 1975 McGill Chemical Engineering graduating class, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family. I have fond memories of our time together at McGill. Tom was a one-of-a-kind friend with a great sense of humour. He will be deeply missed and but never forgotten. Our class would like to honour his memory in a fashion that the family deems appropriate. Could a family member kindly contact me at the email address listed above. Thank you. - Posted by: Leif B├ędard (Friend and McGill classmate) on: May 16, 2022

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