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Thomas Harvey Newell

Thomas Harvey Newell

Thomas Harvey Newell

Tom died peacefully on February 18th, leaving behind his wife, Fran; sons Trevor (Rechè McKeague) and Ryan (Tiasha Elliot); granddaughters Katie and Libby; and a large extend family.
Tom grew up in North Battleford, sharing a tiny house with his mom, dad, and five brothers. Given circumstances, it’s little wonder he spent much of his childhood outside. Hunting, fishing, and exploring the countryside became lifelong interests.
As a young man, Tom moved to B.C’s lower Mainland, where he soon crossed paths with another Battleford’s expatriate, Fran Leite. They married in 1970 and were together for the rest of Tom’s life.
Tom completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Simon Fraser University in 1975. He and Fran returned to Saskatchewan soon after, settling in Prince Albert. As a father, Tom shared his love of the outdoors with his sons. The family enjoyed many camping and fishing trips to Candle Lake and Waskesiu.
Tom spent much of his career at Saskatchewan Penitentiary, where he eventually became Assistant Warden. Upon retiring, Tom and Fran moved to Saskatoon, while spending summers at their cabin. Retired life enabled Tom to pursue his many hobbies full-time. He enjoyed Kayaking, golf, tennis, woodworking, travelling, and playing with his grandchildren.
Sadly, a long, healthy retirement was not to be. Tom was diagnosed with cancer early in 2013 and his illness quickly took away his strength, mobility, and his independence, He spent his final weeks in the Oncology Unit at Royal University Hospital. The nursing staff there did a remarkable job keeping Tom comfortable during this time, serving with compassion and grace. The family wishes to thank the palliative home care nurses whose kind assistance enabled Tom to remain at home as long as possible.
A Service in Remembrance of Tom is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1st, at Resurrection Lutheran Church (310 Lenore drive, Saskatoon) with a lunch to follow immediately thereafter.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Lutheran World Relief or Canadian Blood Services.


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