In the early hours of December 9, 2012, Thomas “Tom” Phelan of Edmonton passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 88 years.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty–semicolon– sons, Donald (Lanie) and Michael–semicolon– daughters, Carol (Barry) and Susan (Louis)–semicolon– grandchildren, Ryan, Sean, Danny (Megan), Erin, Alanna, Brendan, Michelle, Shannon (Mike), Katie (Jason), Jennifer (Esteban)–semicolon– and great grandchild Alejandro, as well as many loving friends and numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, James and Mary Phelan and his six brothers and three sisters, Patrick, John, Michael, May, James, Peter, Marge, Kathleen and Andrew.
Tom was born in Coagh, County Tyrone in Ireland. At the age of two, he came to Canada. At 17, he fought in WWII serving in the 49th Loyal Edmonton Regiment in Italy. After the war, he worked for Loomis Armoured Car Service for 36 years. He dedicated his life to his wife, his family and close friends. His warmth and humour will be treasured and missed by them all.
A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of Unit 5D3 at the University of Alberta Hospital for their loving care and support.
Prayers will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 13131-86 St, Edmonton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Matthew’s on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with interment to follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 13819-82 St, Edmonton.
In memory of Thomas, donations may be made to the University Hospital Foundation or the Last Post Fund.