In Loving Memory of
Thomas William Leonard Bingham
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas, of Redditt and a long time resident of Kenora, on February 27 2011 at Lake of the Woods District Hospital, at the age of 71 years.
Left to celebrate his memory are his wife of 46 years Victoria, son David & wife Colleen (Hosfield), and grandchildren Kieran and Jenna, all of Ottawa, son Neil of South Korea, and son Keith & wife Treena (Grafham) of Kenora. Thomas is also remembered by his three sisters Leona (Fred Middleveen), Florence (Ross Hadden) and Maryann (Edward Schwartz), and sisters- and brothers-in-law Joe Tachinski, Joyce (Tom Kowalchuck), Ann (Lawrence Romanchuk) and Mike Tachinski as well as many other family and friends.
Thomas was born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba. As a child he was introduced to playing the violin, and went on to play in school orchestras, and develop a life-long love for music. His fondest memories of his school years were at Elmwood High School, especially the joy of performing in school musicals.
Thomas and Vicki were married in Winnipeg in 1964, and lived in Armstrong Ontario and Saskatoon before settling in Kenora in 1970. He enjoyed volunteering throughout the community. With his family, he enjoyed many fishing and camping trips around Lake of the Woods, and across Canada.
Thomas loved his 31-year career as an Air Traffic Controller in Kenora and Winnipeg – he called it the "best job in the world". Through his work, he enjoyed many life-long friendships, which greatly enriched his life. During these years, he learned to skate and play Old-Timers hockey, curled with the Kenora Men's League, skied, and played softball.
After retirement, Thomas and Vicki moved to live in their lake home in Redditt, and also enjoyed travels in all parts of the world. For many years, they spent part of the winter with great friends at Lemon Tree RV Park in Mission, Texas, and there Thomas rekindled his passion for violin and played in the Winter Texan Orchestra. They were active members of the community of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kenora. They also focused their interests on Square and Round Dancing in Kenora and in Texas.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. March 3 2011 at the Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre in Kenora, followed by a reception, and interment of ashes at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and in thanksgiving for the wonderful care received, donations to CancerCare at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital (21 West Sylvan Street, Kenora ON, P9N 3W7) or online Credit Card: http://www.lwdhf.com/donations/.
Click through to online donations, designate "Chemotherapy / Cancer Care", and fill in the dedication info. There are options to receive tax receipts or mail to "LWDH Foundation" at the address provided in the obituary. On your cheque or in a cover letter, add a note to designate "Chemotherapy / Cancer Care" or Phone Credit Card: (807)468-9861 x2469 or x2419 for the Foundation. Designate "Chemotherapy / Cancer Care" would be appreciated by the family.
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