It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Thomas Eric Saumer who we lost due to suicide on September 23, 2013 at the age of 50 years. Tom was born in Edmonton and lived there until he was four years of age. In 1967, the family moved to their farm in the Heatherdown area where Tom’s dad Joe nurtured his love of farming and music.
After graduating from the University of Alberta in 1985, Tom began his career as a music teacher at the Onoway High School that fall and continued for 28 years. His band program and his students were his pride and joy. Tom took special delight in those students who continued their music education and went on to be music teachers and performers.
Tom is survived by his wife of 25 years, Carolyne; his mother, Joyce; his brothers Doug (Jeanette), Howard (Peggy), Robin (Lois); their children: Evan, Stuart (Morgan), Melanie (Daniel), Greg, Diana, Heather (Mark), Kaley (Jon), and Timothy; and their children: Aidan, Sophia, Quinn, Jackson, Brooklyn, Asher and Kaiya.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28th at 1:00 p.m. at Onoway High School. Donations gratefully accepted to the Joe Saumer Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Onoway High School, Box 340, Onoway, AB T0E 1V0.