On November 10, 2016 Tofen Dublanko passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to an awesome dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and brother.
Tofen grew up on a farm in the Calmar district. He attended Conjuring Creek School for the early grades and then continued on to High School in Calmar. During W.W.II he enlisted in the Canadian Navy as a Stoker; then transferred to the newly formed Fleet Air Arm. Tofen deployed to England, on the Queen Mary troop transport ship, where he trained with the Royal Navy to become an Air Mechanic Electrician. He returned to Canada in 1946 on the aircraft carrier HMS Puncher. After discharge, he earned a B.Ed. degree from the U of A and later a M.Ed. from the Univ. of N. Dakota. For 34 years Tofen served as a teacher and school administrator with the Edmonton Public School Board, retiring in 1984.
In retirement, Mom and Dad spent many winters in southern California golfing, playing cards, and enjoying the warmer climate with friends.
Tofen completed his life as he lived it, with strength, courage, and dignity.
Tofen is survived by three sons: David, Donald (Rosemarie), Darrell (Helen), seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is survived by brothers Mike and Harold and sister Helen Batt. He was predeceased by Audrey, his wonderful life partner of nearly 60 years; one sister Stella Woitas and parents Andrew and Titania Doblanko.
The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation for the compassionate care Dad received from the staff in Unit 3E3 at the U of A Hospital.
At Tofen’s request, there will be no public memorial service. His ashes, at his direction, will be scattered among Audrey’s ashes, in the Rose Garden at Beechmount Cemetery, Edmonton.