Alfred Raymond Tomlinson

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It is with sorrow we announce the passing of our Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, brother and friend.

He is survived by his children Donna (John) Mazanek, Stewart (Sharon) Tomlinson and Bill Tomlinson; his grandchildren Shane (Sonia) Mazanek, Blair (Laura Acott) Mazanek, Steven Tomlinson, Stacey Tomlinson and Dana Tomlinson; great grandchildren Cassidy and Vanessa Mazanek, Raelyn and Jordan Cowan, and Ronin Tomlinson; brothers Robert Tomlinson, Jack (Dorothy) Tomlinson and Bruce Tomlinson; and many nieces, nephews and friends who were all a very important part of his life.

He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Inez, wife Grace, daughter-in-law Donna, grandson Jesse, brother Ralph and sister-in-law Min, sister Betty Kelley, sisters-in-law Dot Tomlinson and Lynn Tomlinson.

Alfred was born in Winnipeg, MB and spent his boyhood years in St. Walburg and Saskatoon, SK. He joined the RCAF during WWII, becoming a pilot after training in various bases all across Canada. He was stationed in England just prior to the war’s end. He and Grace married in 1946 and moved to Loon Lake, SK, where he was a partner in a service station for a few years. In 1957 he rejoined the RCAF and lived in Winnipeg, France, Germany and Cold Lake before retiring in 1972. Subsequent careers included Assistant District Administrator with the Coast Guard in Hay River, NWT, Assistant Fire Chief with the Edmonton Fire Department, and real estate sales for a few years. In 1984, Alf and Grace retired to Loon Lake where they built a home and he served as mayor of the village for two years. After celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996, they decided to move back to Edmonton where they had better access to health facilities. They also spent several winters in Yuma, AZ along with various family members and friends who also enjoyed escaping the cold for a few months.

After Grace’s death in 2011, Alfred had a few homes, ending with Devonshire Care Centre where he spent a very contented 23 months, thanks to a wonderful staff and his companions from Home Instead.

At Alfred’s request, there will be no funeral, but the family will have a graveside service at the Tomlinson Cemetery in Loon Lake in the spring. Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada in Alfred’s his name.

 

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