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Born: Sep 01, 1947

Date of Passing: Nov 16, 2022

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September 1, 1947 - November 16, 2022

It is with great sadness that the family of Tom Carson announces his passing on November 16 at age 75 after complications from his neuromuscular disease.
He is survived by his wife Louise, his son Scott (Gisella), his daughter Shannon (Sacha); his three grandchildren, Hazel, Leah and Conor; brother Richard (Bev); nieces, Michelle and Erin (Jim), including their children as well as numerous cousins and other family.
Tom was born in Winnipeg on September 1, 1947 to Gladys and Richard Carson. He attended school briefly in St. James and then attended St. John's Cathedral Boys School where his education extended to snowshoeing and paddling literally thousands of miles across Canada and into the United States. This experience gave him life skills of true leadership, compassion for others and a will not to give up. He got his Arts degree at the University of Manitoba where he became a member of the TKE fraternity and provided music and speakers for many a party. Tom made lifelong friends during these happy years. Tom was a career civil servant with the provincial government and rose to the ranks as Deputy Minister in Culture, Heritage and Recreation, Training and Advanced Education, Health as well as Culture, Heritage and Tourism. He was also appointed as Special Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism. This is where he developed his love for Culture and the Arts. Tom's interests and commitment to different organizations and being of service to others led him to sit on a number of boards including Artists in Healthcare Manitoba, the St. Boniface Hospital Board of Directors where he also served as Chair, as well as Chair of his condominium board. Tom was a loyal and enthusiastic fan of the Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Jets and for several years he sent out a detailed spreadsheet analysis of each Jets game in preparation for the next one. This report went to hundreds of enthusiasts across Canada.
Above all else, Tom was a family man during his life. He never missed one of Scott's hockey games, even if he had to re-arrange meetings. He was equally supportive of dance and piano recitals for Shannon. When he was physically able to, he and Louise took their grandchildren to the movies, the symphony, children's theater and various sports events. Louise later continued and represented him at these events. Tom and Louise built their Lake of the Woods cottage to draw the family together and to create many fond memories. The grandchildren used to count "how many sleeps" until it was lake time. Holidays over the years took the family to France, the UK, Mexico, Hawaii and Brazil. Tom remained connected to his brother Rick over the miles by phone calls and facetime cocktail meetings as well as regular visits to both Winnipeg and the lake. As a husband, Tom was a loving partner who supported Louise in all ways. They would have celebrated their 51st anniversary in December. He never said no to art and jewelry purchases on their many trips abroad.
There will be a private interment for immediate family and in April 2023 a Celebration of Life will be planned with details provided at a later date.
If one so desires, contributions can be made in two ways; with a check mailed to Artists in Healthcare MB, #2-1325 Markham Road, Winnipeg R3T 4J6 or go to: and under 'Get Started: Find a Charity', search for 'Artists in Healthcare Manitoba' and follow instructions. Thank you for this.

Until we meet again Tom.

Publish Date: Nov 26, 2022

September 1, 1947 – November 16, 2022

With sadness, the family of Tom Carson announces that he passed away on November 16, 2022 at the age of 75 in hospital in Winnipeg. He will be missed dearly.
A private family interment will take place. The family will be planning a celebration of his life in the new year.
A longer obituary will follow.

Publish Date: Nov 19, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 19, 2022, Nov 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • Dear Louise, Shannon, Scott and families. Please accept my deepest sympathies on behalf of my children and me on the passing of Tom. I only have fond memories of an incredibly caring kind man, while enjoying Cmases, etc with the rest of the Borses. My love and prayers are with you during this difficult chapter of your lives. Embrace the great memories you share. Love Elda - Posted by: Elda Borse (Cousin by marriage ) on: Dec 13, 2022

  • Louise, Scott and Gisela, Shannon (Sacha) and family, One could speak volumes about Tom, a one of a kind superhuman!!!! Though our paths crossed in a number of different ways over the years, I was very honoured to know him a bit more deeply through our shared time on the WAG Board and more recently our time working together on the Leadership Winnipeg program, where Tom nurtured, mentored and developed more than 400 emerging community leaders over the last decade and a half. His incredible mental energy and enthusiasm in every moment we spent together made all of them special-the stories reflecting his warmhearted nature and appreciation of all living things, the twinkle in his eye that reflected the passions of hockey, learning, the arts and life experiences, an ongoing offer of his availability to spend extra time with any participant, his intellect in any conversation on any topic and his honest openness were hallmarks of any interaction with him. I will miss him greatly as will all of you, but vivid memories will bring him back strongly with a big smile as we think of him. My sincere caring thoughts are with you. Doneta - Posted by: Doneta Brotchie (Work Partner and Friend) on: Dec 06, 2022

  • Louise and family, we are sorry for your and so many others loss. Thinking of Tom has brought back so many memories of our time at university and in particular, the good times we shared in the fraternity. Condolences. YITB, Neil - Posted by: Neil and Marilyn Humphreys (Friend) on: Dec 05, 2022

  • Dear Louise and Family, Please accept these heartfelt condolences to each of you. There's no justice in a world that sees people like Tom leave us far too soon. The obituary above speaks beautifully about his love and commitment to you, Louise, to his children Scott (and Gisella), Shannon (and Sacha), to his grandchildren and to all his family. Tom was one of the all-time great guys. Tom had a brilliant, inquisitive mind that never stopped learning; paired with an empathetic heart that always beat progressively, always for goodness; all topped off with a warm smile and flickering lights in his eyes. As an exemplary public servant for the Province of Manitoba, Tom was a tremendous advocate for each of the portfolios he was called upon to lead. To the Performing Arts and to Culture, Tom's contributions of policy and practice are an everlasting legacy. May our memories of Tom, his dignity and generosity, always be for a blessing. Steven Schipper - Posted by: Steven (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2022

  • Louise, Shannon & Scott, I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing! Tom was an impressive man and a great leader. He had a tremendous effect on me and my career will always be remembered. He accomplished a great deal in his life and will be missed. - Posted by: Annette Dion (former co-worker) on: Nov 29, 2022

  • I’ll miss my cousin Tommy very much. When we moved away, it was difficult to visit. Tom came to both my parents funerals and I will always treasure that thoughtfulness. - Posted by: Laurel Hawthorne (Cousin ) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • There are few people you meet along the way in life who remain in your memory as being kind, giving you their time from a busy day, and always a smile. Tom was one of those people. I worked with him in the Minister’s office of Culture, Heritage and Recreation, many years ago. I am very sorry to read of his passing and send sincere condolences to his family. Judi Parry - Posted by: Judi Parry (Previous Co-worker) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • I never met Tom but we attended the same school. As a Saint Johns boy we have a connection that only others who went there can explain. Paddle on Voyageur, and break trail for the rest of us, RIP. - Posted by: shawn wedge (school colleague) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • As a boy at St John’s in the 60’s. I remember Tom as popular and kind towards us younger students. It was most welcome! RIP Tom. - Posted by: Lee Cormie (Fellow SJCBS student) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • I do not know you as a family but I do know that you were so fortunate to have such a kind and wonderful man as a husband and father. I met Tom when I was a young professor trying to get established in the field of culture. He gave me great advice and was very generous with substantial research grants. Please accept my sincere condolence. I know your pleasant memories of Tom will ease your pain. Rest in peace Tom. You fought the good fight! - Posted by: Dr. Neil McDonald (Friend) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • Bernadette and I are saddened to hear of Tom's passing. We have so many fond memories of times together when we were in Winnipeg. Will always remember him being part of the gang moving us into Winnipeg from Poplar Point. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Jim and Bernadette Njegovan (Friends ) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing, Louise. Over the 2 years that I worked with Partners, I got to witness firsthand the love you two shared. He is a great father to Shannon and Scott too. I know, He will be deeply missed. Tom will forever be my mentor. Where I am right now is because of him. He always thought me to pursue my dreams! Kenny - Posted by: Mickelle Kenn Malaluan (Personal Support Worker) on: Nov 22, 2022

  • Our heartfelt condolences to Louise, Shannon and Scott and their families on the loss of a husband, a father and a grandfather. Biggest hugs from all of us. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Lucille, Aime and Teresa Labossiere (Lived on Leeds Avenue together) on: Nov 21, 2022

  • My mentor and friend Louise Carson, With Tom’s passing many difficult times will ensue. Let the memories come and wash over your body and soul. Many tears will soften the grief as time goes by. The shock you feel today will recede along the way. Louise, you are a beautiful and strong woman. That strength will see you cross over to the path of peace. You are in my prayers and in my thoughts. Let the tears fall. Suzanne Gagnon - Posted by: Suzanne Gagnon (Friend ) on: Nov 21, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Tom's passing, Louise. He was a wonderful help and support when we gathered to create The Montessori Learning Center in 1982. We all respected his thoughtful and kind advice and the dedication of you and Tom to our school will long be remembered and appreciated. - Posted by: Kathy Louise Teller (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2022

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Tom was an impressive man. He accomplished a great deal in his life. I admired him. Condolences to Louise, Shannon and family. - Posted by: Michael Gillespie (Friend) on: Nov 20, 2022

  • Dear Louise and Family, I am so so sorry for the loss of a wonderful, cheerful, happy, full of joy man. He will be greatly missed and I assure you the love we have for him will shine a light on his path to the great beyond. I had him in my heart all through his last couple of month on earth and always ask after him only because I know how kindhearted and humble he is and anyone who crossed paths with that man should consider themselves lucky to have met him. Accept my condolences and I pray God gives you the fortitude to bear this great loss. With love Kadri Kadri - Posted by: Kadri Kadri (Personal support worker) on: Nov 20, 2022

  • Dear Louise, Shannon, Scott and families. We are saddened to hear this news. Sincere condolences and love from your neighbours from Leeds Avenue, Sayeeda and Sheema - Posted by: Sayeeda and Sheema (Former neighbours) on: Nov 20, 2022

  • Louise, Scott Shannon and families, we are very sad to hear about Tom’s passing. We hold onto fond memories of times our families spent time together and remember Tom as a funny, kind, thoughtful, smart friend. With heartfelt condolences, Cathy Gabrielle and Jessica. - Posted by: Cathy Hunter (Friend) on: Nov 20, 2022

  • Louise, I was saddened to read the notice of your husband’s passing. Thinking of you. Susan Koloski - Posted by: Susan Koloski (Colleague of Louise ) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • Louise and family. I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. My deepest condolences and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Melanie. - Posted by: Melanie Stables (Cousin ) on: Nov 19, 2022

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