Tom Logan, 82, of Devlin, Ont., passed away Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. He was born Oct. 14, 1916 in Lorlie, Sask. to the late John and Amy Logan.
Tom grew up on the prairies of Saskatchewan, working on farms, tending horses, and doing fieldwork when he met his sweetheart, Helen, who was working at the Abernethy Hospital.
They married Aug. 10, 1940, and that same year, Tom enlisted in the air force and served overseas from 1943-46 in England, France, and Belgium.
Tom and Helen’s first home was in Dauphin, Man., where Shirley and Marie were born. After the war years, their little family moved to their farm home at La Vallee, where he worked in the bush cutting pulpwood using his team of horses, “Dick” and “Max.”
He also worked on the construction of Memorial Arena in Fort Frances, working alongside his nephew, Pat Forster.
During the farming years, the couple was blessed with five more children, Tom Jr., Bonnie, Linda, Wendy, and Larry.
Tom went to work at the paper mill in 1952, and farmed with help from his growing family and friends, Cecil Kellar and family.
He was a family man who was always ready to help his neighbours. He organized the La Vallee Community Club, and had the Community Hall built for dances and other events. Tom rounded up the neighbours and built the rink shack and ice surface for the local kids to skate and play hockey.
Tom was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 99, and contributed to the construction of the new building. He also was an active member in the Canadian Order of Foresters, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1259 in International Falls, and secretary/treasurer of the Wesley United Church at La Vallee.
The rural life, and his farm, was enjoyed by Tom. He loved his family, and the many get-togethers with his family and friends. He took a great interest in life around him. Tom loved his wife, Helen, very deeply, and together would have celebrated 60 years of marriage Aug. 10, 2000.
Tom was a man with quick wit, a sense of humour, and always a twinkle in his eye. The grand-kids could never leave his side until they had one of his treats of candy, fruit, or the ever famous wagon wheels, or a loonie pressed into their hands.
Tom loved life and his fellow man, and will leave a great void in the lives of so many.
He leaves to mourn his wife, Helen; children, Shirley and husband, Tom Morrish, of Devlin, Ont., Marie and husband, Ben Geiger, of Vermilion Bay, Ont., Tom Logan and wife, Christine, of Kakabeka Falls, Ont., Bonnie Turriff, and Linda and husband, Ernie Jones, all of Fort Frances, Ont., and Wendy and husband, Glen Buechler, of Winnipeg, Man.
Also surviving are 33 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and his two sisters, Mary Thompson of Abernethy, Sask., and Nora Austin of London, Ont.
Tom was predeceased by his son, Larry Wayne in 1982; nephew, Pat Forster; sisters, Nell Forster and Dorothy Thompson; and niece, Audrey Staruiala.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 6, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 99 in Emo, Ont. Rev. Patrick Playfair officiated, with interment in Devlin Cemetery in Devlin, Ont.
Visitation was held Sunday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
The pallbearers were Tom’s grandsons, Guy Morrish, Joel Morrish, Todd Morrish, Ben Geiger, Doug Geiger, Ryan Logan, Duane Turriff, Jamie Lockman, Wayne Buechler, and Randy Jones.
Honourary pallbearers were Tom’s friends and members of the Royal Canadian Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In memoriam donations may be made to either the Canadian Cancer Society, P.O. Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8, or the charity of your choice.