Thomas Arthur Plant passed away peacefully on the morning of November 7, 2015 at 94.
He will be remembered with love and affection by his bride of 68 years, Dorcas, their three children David (Patricia Brownridge), Nan (David Grant) and Jane (Grant Robinson) and their grandchildren Tristan, Miranda (Todd), Titania (Jason), James, Amanda (Sam), Colin and Scott.
Born in 1921 in Essex, Ont., Tom lived a full life, making homes in cities across the country, including Vancouver, Toronto and Kitchener.
A graduate of Western University and Osgoode Law School at the University of Toronto, Tom had a long career working as a lawyer for Manulife. He volunteered with many community organizations such as Kiwanis, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and his church, St. John the Evangelist, in Kitchener.
He served in World War II, as an officer on the corvette Pictou, and aboard the landing craft that carried Canadian and British troops to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. For his efforts he was awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.
An eternally humble man, Tom would don his medals only once a year onNovember 11, where he remembered with pride his friends and classmates who died, during a ceremony at his church in Kitchener. For that reason it only seems appropriate that he should pass away during this time of remembrance.
In retirement, Tom spent as much time with family as possible, often at Sunset Cottage on the shores of Lake Huron at Bruce Beach. There he shared his wit, warmth and intellect—not to mention his competitive spirit—playing golf, taking early morning dips and manning his post as first mate to Dorcas.
Thank you to both the staff and volunteers at Innisfree House and Clair Hills, who were so compassionate in their care for Tom and his family.
The family will celebrate Tom’s life Friday, November 13 at 2 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist in Kitchener. A visitation will be held at the church on Thursday evening from7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Donations can be made in his memory to St. John the Evangelist (23 Water St. N., Kitchener, N2H 5A4) and Innisfree House (2375 Homer Watson Blvd., Kitchener, N2P 0E9).