Thomas Willard “Tom” Fenton, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002 at his residence. He was born Dec. 6, 1918 in Emo, Ont. to the late John and Edna Fenton.
Tom grew up in the Burriss area and later moved to Dance Township. He began working as a cook at a logging camp, and had cut and hauled pulpwood and also was a road builder in Dance Township.
He also worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources until 1983, when he retired after 17 years of service.
In 1972, he moved to Fort Frances, where he had lived since. In the past 30 years, he had opened his home to more than 40 summer students who had worked for the MNR.
He was an avid reader, loved to build clocks, and was an excellent cook. He also enjoyed talking politics—either on the federal, provincial, or municipal level.
Tom is survived by his brother, James Fenton and his wife, Janet, of Thunder Bay, Ont.; numerous nieces and nephews; and his special friend, John Vandermeer and his wife, Cheryl, of Fort Frances, Ont.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Edna Fenton; sister, Dorothy “Dot” Lyons; and brothers, Robert and George “Jordi” Fenton.
Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service for Tom on Friday, Oct. 18, 2002 at 1 p.m. at the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances, followed by a memorial service at the Couchiching Bingo Hall.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 316 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2C2 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 920 Frenette, Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A