Elliot Lake Funeral Chapel
& Cremation Centre
On Saturday May 18th, Reginald Thomas Lainsbury, father, grandfather, husband, son, uncle and friend passed away suddenly at the age of 64.
Tom will be remembered by his loving wife Dianne, his children Taylor (Kenzie), Ashley (Joseph), Angela and Adele, grandchildren Liliana, Myra, Jordan and Logan, mother Lottie and late father Reginald, sisters Ellen (late John), Maureen (Paul), Barbara (Gerald), Debbie (Glenn) and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Tom was born October 31st, 1954 in Timmins Ontario. Tom had a long career in sheet metal, playing an integral part in the construction of some of Toronto’s most famous landmarks. He was most proud of his contributions to the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Hershey Centre, Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, and countless schools and hospitals (Ontario Shores Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital, Ajax Hospital, Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy, St. Brother Andre Catholic High School, Notre Dame Catholic Secondary and J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate to name just a few). He loved music, poetry, camping, fishing and cooking.
A private celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Sunday May 26, 2019 in Burlington, Ontario.
“Well my time went so quickly
I went lickety-splickly out to my old '55
As I drove away slowly, feeling so holy
God knows, I was feeling alive
And now the sun's coming up
I'm riding with Lady Luck, freeway cars and trucks
Stars beginning to fade, and I lead the parade
Just a-wishing I'd stayed a little longer
Lord, let me tell you that the feeling's getting stronger”
---Tom Waits, Ol’ 55
My dearest brother, my heart is broken. A big part of our family is now missing but dad will have you now. I have many special memories of our times together and will love you always. You will forever be in my thoughts.
My dearest brother, my heart is broken. A very special part of our family is now missing. Rest in peace with dad. I have many wonderful memories of our times together and will always love you. You will forever be in my thoughts
My dearest brother-in-law;
Before my wedding I’ll always remember you told me not to hurt your sister. You told me you may be small but wiry! Haha luckily I never put you to the test!
There are so many fond memories, golfing with you, dad & Ger that would have done the 3 (4?) Stooges proud! Your introducing me to Tom Waits was classic and your infectious laugh was priceless!
Thanks for all the memories. May you rest in piece.
Tom was first foreman when I started sheet metal and my whole apprenticeship. I think without him I probably would have fired lol. I learned alot from Tom and always considered him a good friend. My condolences to all.
My heart aches with pain and sadness as I write this on your passing. You were my friend, playmate, confidant, teacher, protector and the best ‘big brother’ a girl could ask for. So many wonderful memories of our childhood and growing up fill my mind. Driving in your MG midget, Fiat, and your motor cycle! In particular on my wedding day you requesting my favourite Elvis song so we could dance. You said, ‘You didn’t think I would let you go without one last dance.’ I will look forward to dancing with you again. Love you lots, you will always be in my heart.
My dear brother. I am still in shock and so sad. It is so hard to believe you are gone. I am so grateful for the times that we saw you when we were in Elliott lake last week. We feel incomplete and will miss you so much.
TIL we see you again you will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Gods eyes are on the sparrow and I know he is watching you