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SCHOOLEY, Thomas Garnet “Tom”

It is with broken hearts that we announce on February 10, 2016, Thomas Schooley succumbed to a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. He passed peacefully and gracefully, surrounded by his loving family.  His love and kindness will forever remain in the hearts of, his beloved wife of 25 years, Terry Griffiths; daughters Kailyn (Stevan) and Keira (Adam); step-children: Alison and Sean (Andrea); grandchildren: Kelsey (Mark), Josh, Jim, Emile and Eamon; great grandchildren: Camryn and Liam.  He was predeceased by his parents John and Helen Schooley.  A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Saturday, February 20th at 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, #104-1456 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E6.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Saturday, February 20th at 4:00 pm

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The service for SCHOOLEY, Thomas Garnet “Tom” is scheduled for Saturday, February 20th at 4:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Dave & Georgina Baron says:

    Dear Terry and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences, and know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Sheila Crosby says:

    I had the honour of working with Tom for 12 years. I can not imagine the Kelowna Alcohol and Drug team without him. He truly loved his work and his passion showed in his client-centred approach. My deepest condolences to his family during this very hard time. Know that Tom left an enormous impact on the people who worked with him and those that called him their counsellor. He truly was in the right field and many people benefited from his caring approach and dedication to his life work. Sheila

  • Betty and Norm Zaseybida says:

    Dear Terry and family,

    Condolences from the Zaseybida family. May you find peace and comfort in your time of sorrow. Much love, Betty and Norm and family

  • Larry Barter says:

    My Deepest sympathy to Terry and family. Toms contribution to both his clients and colleagues will be ever lasting.. I believe so many are richer for having Tom in their lives. He will truly be missed.

  • Trena & Colin Gallant says:

    Hi Aunty Terry, I am so sad. My heart goes out to you and the family and I am sending you a big [[ hug ]]. I said goodbye to Tom in my own little way and sat for a while and thought about what a caring, gentle man he was and how I will never forget his goofiness. Love, Trena and Colin Gallant

  • Laurel Zaseybida says:

    Dear Terry and family,
    We were sad to get this news today from my mom of your beloved Tom’s passing to the other side. We will hold you and his great spirit in our heart and prayers in the days to come. Please let us know if there is anything we can do or anything that you need.
    Love and hugs, Laurel Z. and Bonnie

  • Shiree Sherriden says:

    My deepest condolences to Tom’s family and friends. I first met Tom years ago at a workshop that I attended. Tom was the facilitator of that workshop I found him to be so approachable, friendly, understanding, helpful and the most accepting non-judgmental person I had ever met. Over the years I had many opportunities to talk with him and seek advice as he had a wealth of wisdom and was so helpful to me. I was so appreciative for his encouragement and support over the years I made a three dimensional collage for him which he used in his future workshops with other clients. Tom was an awesome individual who gave so much of himself to others he will be greatly missed by many who had the privilege of knowing him.

  • Fred & Darlene Finnigan says:

    Dear Terry & Family: Please accept our sincere sympathy at this very difficult time. Tom was such a kind and gentle person, with a strength of character beyond compare. We feel so blessed to have known him and enjoyed his company – and that wonderful twinkle in his eye. He was so much to so many of us. We can only imagine how hard this time must be for you, the ones he loved most dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Tracy Williams says:

    Terry, Kailyn & Keira. I’m the one who brought the card to Tom at the hospital from the Mens Group. ..he was so loved by them.. I got the privilege of telling some of them as difficult as it was.. They really appreciated it.. It was lovely to meet you, Kailyn and Keira.. And great to see you again Terry.. Tom loved and spoke of you all, all the time with pride.. Tom’s absence is a big loss at the office for us.. .. Although Tom isn’t there I believe he’s still doing his magic even after life. As the day after he passed, we received several clients who hadn’t connected in a while.. I believe this was his way of ensuring no one falls between the cracks! Yes, that was Tom! I’m very spiritual person And I believe a few of us were connected the night he passed.. As I received a meditation.. Did it with him in spirit.. To comfort him with his physical symptoms/breathing.. With nature..it was surreal.. But I am privileged to have this experience:. Also, The other day I was driving and heard a familiar U2 song on the radio. I’m a huge U2 fan as Tom knew and we shared love for music and travel.. This song I have heard a million times but this time the words really stood out.. And I thought of Tom.. How clever Tom! I said.. The words are… “I’m more than you know.. A body & soul.. And though you can’t see me.. I’m not invisible.. I am here! “.. I’m not invisible..again very powerful as we all miss this lovely man.. This is now my ‘Tom song’. http://youtu.be/ajVoeX4eqIQ
    I hope this brings you comfort as it did to me.. Take good care. He will be sorely missed.
    Sincerely, Tracy Williams. Hugs to you all and please keep in touch.

  • Marion James says:

    I remember Tom from workshops with Henri several years ago as a gentle , fun loving and compassionate man. I’m sorry to hear he’s gone from this life and share your loss. Blessings to you Terry

  • Marg Noble says:

    Dear Terry and Family,

    My deepest condolences to you and family. I have known Tom for many years and considered him to be a ‘gift’ as he was my friend and mentor all these years. Tom was one of the most incredible people I have ever known and I loved his gentle ways and most of all, his ability to connect with anyone. Terry and Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Marg Noble

  • Dolores Gooliaff says:

    Terry – Such a shock to see Tom’s obituary. My heart goes out to you and yours & Tom’s family … My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    *Hugs* Dolores Gooliaff

  • Sam Port says:

    I was very upset to hear that such a wonderful person died so young. Tom was a pleasure to work with and always modeled the same principles of respect toward clients as he did to colleagues. he was a genuine warm, caring person and he touched thousands of lives, including mine. I am sad and share this with all of those who were close to Tom.

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