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Tommy Marshall

THOMAS WILLIAM MARSHALL It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa Tommy Marshall. Tommy passed away peacefully in Winnipeg on April 11, 2018, after a brief illness. Tommy is predeceased by his dad Tom; mom Sadie; wife Donna; and brothers, Jim and Jack. He will be lovingly remembered by his three children, Leah (Dwight), Dru (Lesley), and Peter (Nicole) as well as his six grandchildren: Jonathan, Matthew (Ashley), Joshua (Natalia), Kate (Paul), Liam, and McKenzie. He also had four great-grandchildren: Addison, Owen, Fyfe, and Huxley. Also left to mourn are sisters, Jean, Edith, and Grace; brother Bob; and best friend Bud. As a father, Dad was a family man - he was caring, generous, and supportive - instilling solid values in each of us that have served us all well. He made us believe that anything was possible and inspired us to follow our dreams. He was a strong role model for his kids and grandkids - and could be counted on to "be there" whenever we needed him. Dad loved Mom and the sun - and they were fortunate to travel to many beaches in the world, including their favourite Coolengata, Australia, where they went with Canadian friends, but where many new international friendships were formed. Tommy was born in Pembina, grew up on a farm close to Manitou, and lived part of his teen-aged years in La Riviere. Tommy was an outstanding hockey player - playing throughout Manitoba in his youth, for teams in Winnipeg, Pilot Mound, Souris, and Pine Falls. He played for the Harringay Racers (England) during the 1951-52 season, and for the Winnipeg Maroons from 1960-64 where in the last season he captained the Allan Cup winning team. In recognition of the Maroons outstanding record in that last season, the CAHA in 1965 asked the team to give up its identity and become Canada's First National Team. That same team was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in the team category. Following his playing career, Tommy received his Level 5 Certification in Coaching, and coached the University of Winnipeg Wesmen from 1971 to 1980. Tommy worked for the Winnipeg Police Force, reaching the rank of detective. While on the force, Tommy worked hard to protect people in the inner city. We hope Dad has joined Mom for the next phase. We will all miss him desperately. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, who cared for Tommy during the last few months of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kidsport. In accordance with Dad's wishes, there will be a private Celebration of Life in the near future.