Thomas George Clarkson of Thompson, MB passed away peacefully with his children by his side on November the 18th, 2020 at the age of 80 years. Thomas was born February 1st, 1940 in Winnipegosis, MB. He was the fourth of fourteen children to Walter and Helen Clarkson.
Dad moved to Thompson in the summer of 1966, where he worked for Midwest and Westcore. In 1970, he went to work underground at Inco where he stayed until 1980. Dad then continued his work with Smook Contractors in 1980 until July 2020. Dad was passionate about his work as a heavy equipment operator, enjoyed all the different jobs and cherished the relationships he formed with the people he had met over the years. Dad had an incredible work ethic and was proud of all that he had accomplished.
Dad loved to go home to “The Village” to hunt with his brothers and nephews and spend time with his sisters. Lots of stories and laughs were always shared. Dad’s favourite place was Granny’s farm where he was taught his strength and the bond of family. He instilled in his children to carry on the strong bonds of family and share his memories.
Dad had a passion for the game of hockey, and he could always be found standing in “his” spot at the rink. He loved watching his grandson’s and great granddaughter play. He had spent many hours at hockey rinks across Manitoba, watching with pride,
He also loved to watch his granddaughter’s figure skate which softened him a bit but not too much. He enjoyed spending time with all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren and cherished the memories that were made. He treasured his family and was proud of each one of them.
Thomas is survived by his daughters: Pamela (Bob Markus), Charmaine (Michael Karpyk), Tanis (Stephen Gilbert), and son Dean. Grandchildren: Robert (Shannon) Clarkson, Shane (Chrissy) Clarkson, Kyle Blackler, Christopher (Caitlin) Blackler, Michael (Cherish) Markus, Emily and Sara Gilbert. Andrew (Brandy) Markus, Kevin (Stephanie) Markus, Great grandchildren; Hunter and Hannah Clarkson, Michaela and Mia Clarkson , Mason Markus, Ayden, Kelsea, Adalynn, Kenzie and Silas Markus. Sisters:Shelbie, Myrtle, Brenda (Dennis) and Loretta. Brothers; Robert (Vivian), Mitchell (Helen), Ernest (Linda), Scott (Valerie), Doug, Arnie (Sharon) and Eddy (Diane). The mother of his children Kathleen Sigurdson, also numerous nieces, nephews, Brother and sister in laws close to his heart.
Thomas was predeceased by: his parents Walter and Helen Clarkson, sister Irene Chartrand, brother Herbie and grandmother Christine Clarkson. Also his brother in laws Robert Chartrand and Raymond Flett and sister in law Marcie Coma.
As per dads wishes cremation has taken place. Due to Covid pandemic restrictions a celebration of life will be determined at a later date.