Thomas Raymond Monks
August 2, 1957 – February 19, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Tom after a lengthy, courageous battle with cancer. Tom was predeceased by his dad, Ray in 2002. He is survived by his mother, Verna of Royston and brother, Ken (Sandra) and nieces Amanda and Nicole (Clark) of Duncan.
Tom worked in the courier service in Nanaimo for years. He started with Priority Dispatch and after a change in ownership, Tom moved to Ace Courier Service where he was employed for 15+ years. Tom was a big hockey fan and would occasionally go to Nanaimo Clipper games; however his real love was watching his Montreal Canadiens whenever they were on TV. Tom also was an avid fisherman and he was a steady partner with his Dad. Tom’s biggest passion was cars and trucks, specifically Chrysler products. He travelled to car shows off and on the Island and from time to time he was known to correct the information exhibitors were providing. Tom belonged to the WPC club in Victoria and the ATHS Vancouver Island chapter which gave him immense enjoyment.
Heartfelt thanks goes to Dr’s Olivier, Dunne, Pai and Martens for their efforts in the past 2½ years, to Larry Pare for his continual visits and Rae from Nanaimo Hospice for her weekly visits. Thank you to Nanaimo Ace Courier for storing Tom’s trucks. Final thanks goes to the incredible staff at Nanaimo Kiwanis Lodge for caring for Tom for the last 2 years, their warm, caring family-like disposition helped put our minds at ease during Tom’s illness.
A private family gathering has taken place. Flowers gratefully declined, for those so choosing, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Nanaimo Hospice or Nanaimo Kiwanis Lodge.