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55 Mill Street East
Acton, ON L7J 1H4
Phone: 519-853-0350 / 1-877-421-9860
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Tom Silvis

Tom Silvis

Wednesday, February 9th, 1938 - Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
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Passed away peacefully at Bethell House Hospice, Inglewood, on Wednesday January 13, 2021 in his 83rd year. Beloved Husband of Gerda Silvis for 60 years. Loving father of Joanne Kleine Deters (Gerry) Brenda Broekema (Albert) and Nancy Dewolde (Jeff). Cherished grandfather of Nicole (Joel), Tom, Mitchell (Caitlin), Ryan (Deandra), Michael (Laura), Cameron, Christopher (Julia) and Elise (Tom). Great-grandfather of Ben, Hayley, Zachary, Miller, Sadie, Norah, Kinsley, Alexa and Blake.

Tom was born to Leendert & Jeroentje Silvis on February 9, 1938 in the Netherlands, middle child to older brother Hans and younger sister Loes. He married Gerda “Grace” on May 3, 1960 and immigrated to Canada on the 19th of that same month. After getting settled in Canada he spent most of his working career in management in the printing business.

Tom and Grace had three daughters Joanne, Brenda and Nancy, and for the most part they raised them in Richmond Hill and Thornhill. The family had so many good times camping and then later at the cottage which Tom loved. In his later years they settled in Acton where he eventually retired from his working life only to enjoy a busy time of volunteering and spending time with his constantly expanding family. Tom and Grace were dedicated members of their church’s Disaster Response Service for fifteen years, traveling on annual trips to help rebuild homes for those devastated by natural disasters.

Tom best expressed his deep faith in our Lord Jesus Christ through song. He had a lovely baritone voice and used this gift with enthusiasm as a member of the music team “Sonrise” at the Acton CRC.

Tom was a happy, friendly, outgoing man who loved to talk to people and enjoyed socializing. He enjoyed game play and loved to laugh. He was close to and very proud of his family.

He will be greatly missed.

If desired, donations the Parkinson Society of Canada or Bethell Hospice would be appreciated by the family.
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Yvonne Levens

Posted at 03:12am
"Tom Silvis" will remain in our hearts forever. Loes, Yvonne, Monique, Paulien and family's.
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Richard Van der Wal

Posted at 12:59pm
Our sincere sympathy with the passing of Tom. We have great memories of Tom and you both, as we worked together for DRS, fixing homes damaged by floods or hurricanes. Tom was great to be with as he had a really good sense of humour. We pray that you all will find comfort in knowing that Tom is now with the Lord and free from pain.
Love Richard and Helena Van der Wal

Ken Kamminga

Posted at 07:13pm
we at Sonrise will miss him (the name Sonrise was Toms idea)
deepest condolences.
ken kamminga

Cal Dreise

Posted at 03:41pm
This news comes with mixed emotions and at first thought we were saddened to hear of Tom’s passing into glory. But on the other hand we are over joyed for Tom that he is now with his Heavenly Father. I (Calvin) sang beside Tom in the Men’s group “Son Rise” for many years and my life has been impacted in so many ways by Toms’ testimony. His love for song, for people and for Jesus was contagious. When picking music he would always point out the importance of the lyrics because everything we sang had to point to Jesus. Tom always brought a few jocks to every practice and at times we spent more time laughing than singing and most of that was because of Toms’ sense of humour. He will be missed by many and it saddens our hearts that we were unable to visit him one last time before he left his earthly home. But we look forward to a grand reunion some day in the future.
We wish to extend our sincere condolences to Grace and the entire family and pray for peace as you say good bye to this dear man.
Blessings everyone. Sincerely Cal and Anita Dreise.

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