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In Loving Memory Of

Tom Shigematsu

 

Tom Shigematsu passed away peacefully the morning of Tuesday, August 18, 2015 with his family by his side. Tom suffered from diabetes for the past 25 years, ultimately leading to kidney failure. After seven years on dialysis and more recently heart complications, he succumbed to the physical stress and difficulty of his illness.

Born in Greenwood, British Columbia, October 13, 1949, Tom moved to Grande Prairie at the age of 17. His first career choice landed him at the Canfor Sawmill which lasted a week due to the cold, August GP weather. Tom hated being cold. From there he moved to the climate controlled comfort of IGA and Safeway grocery stores as a bag boy. Tom was great with customer service, but sales was where he really excelled. He progressed to Townline Men's Wear, co-owned B&B Department Store with (Wild) Bill Lilge and finally as owner of City Limits clothing store located downtown Grande Prairie. Following City Limits he continued in sales at Nor-Lan Chrysler where he worked until retirement.

Tom enjoyed many activities including poker, backgammon, swimming, hockey and skiing, but his true passion was golf. Tom could be found on the golf course - his second home. As his illness limited physical activity in his later years, he began to paint with a preference for water colour and he developed a new found passion in puzzle building with his granddaughters.

Tom is deeply loved and will be dearly missed.

Tom is survived by his wife of 42 years, Geneanne and their two children Jeffrey (Mary) Shigematsu and Jacalyn (Kenton) Schultz; his beloved granddaughters Alexis, Mariko and Zoey; sisters Yosh (Shig) Uyeyama, Sylvia Oye, Mary (Bob) McKinnon and June (Art) Wiens; father and mother in-law George and Jennie Slette; brothers in-law Cary (Linda) Slette and Eugene (Ruth) Slette; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was predeceased by his father and mother Isamu and Taki, brother Nobu and brother in-law Ray Oye.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 2:00-5:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association (Suite 100 12220 Stony Plain, AB T5N 3Y4), or to the QEII Hospital Foundation - Palliative Care Unit (10409 98 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2E8).

In Loving Memory of

Tom Shigematsu
 

 
 

 
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Celebration of Life
Sunday, September 13, 2015
2:00 PM
Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club

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