Thomas Eaton (Thom) Sprague

In Memorial

Thomas Eaton Sprague (Thom) passed suddenly on June 20th, 2012 surrounded by his family at Ridge Meadows Hospital. He will be missed dearly by his wife Dwaina; his children Tyla (Kevin), Bianca, Elliott (Danielle), Molly (Peter); and his grandchildren Benjamin and Graydon. The son of Kloman and Madeline Sprague, Thom was born on October 23, 1947 in Windsor, Ontario, where he grew up with his siblings Allison, Douglas, Mary and Peter. He was an alumnus of the University of Windsor.

The loss of Thom will be felt deeply by his family, friends, clients and community. A lawyer for over 30 years in the Pitt Meadows and Port Coquitlam area, Thom treated every client like a close friend, serving them with compassion and respect. His love for life and the joy he derived from it were evident in everything he did, whether it was hitting the road on his motorcycle, running, taking thousands of photos of his family or simply working outside on his property, building, burning and chopping down things.

A memorial service celebrating Thom’s life will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at 4 PM at the SFU Diamond Alumni Centre, located at 8888 University Drive in Burnaby (free parking in Lot C). There will also be an intimate gathering of family and close friends from 3:00pm – 6:00pm on Tuesday, June 26 at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel at 11765 224th Street in Maple Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation. For more information, please refer to http://www.facebook.com/RememberingThomasSprague.

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  1. Jeff Wasserman :

    So very sorry and saddened to hear about this. Although I had not seen Thom in many years, I always felt connected with him and to the entire Sprague family. My deepest condolences.

  2. Neal & Bernice Fisher :

    Dear Dwaina and Family,
    Just a note to let you know we’re thinking of you. We hope you find a wee bit of comfort knowing Thom has gone to “ride some great new roads,” and represent some “great new clients on the other side.” We will all miss him terribly, always. Someday, whenever it may be, I look forward to Thom and I, once again, enjoying a “sunrise ride” on a lonely desert road.
    Neal and Bernice

  3. Michele & Bob Harrison :

    Dear Dwaina, Tyla, Bianca, Elliot and Molly,
    We are very sorry you are suffering the loss of your Thom. I know he was very much loved and you will miss him sorely.
    We are thinking about you.
    Love,
    Michele & Bob

  4. Elwood Jang :

    Dwaina and family,
    June 22nd 2012
    Our condolences to you and your family upon your sudden loss of Thom.We are truely blessed that he was part of our lives.Ride free my friend til we meet again…

    Elwood Jang (DDT)

  5. Bruck Easton :

    I am very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I remember him well. My heart goes out to all of the Sprague family for your loss.

  6. Daniel Poyser :

    I remember your excitement the day before you left for Woodstock in 1969. Thanks for that day. I miss you.

  7. Ann and Dave Roberts :

    Dear Dwaina and Family,

    we are very saddened at your loss.

    Regards, Ann & Dave

  8. To Dwaina and the extended Sprague Family.
    We are all so very sad to hear of Thom’s passing. He was a man I will always admire tremendously, truly one of a kind, generous, wise, funny, and much loved by all of us.
    Steve, Jody, Zach

  9. I was shocked and saddened to hear of tom’s passing. Burned up alot of
    highways and shared lots of laughs with tom. He got me into touring on motorcycles. Tom loved music and now I always ride with the tunes on. A leader of the “dirty dogs” motorcycle club. Damn, gonna miss you dawg! I will pass on some of tom’s influences to my son.

  10. Gabrielle Burger (Bocioaga) :

    Tom was a classmate two grades ahead of me at Walkerville CI – always remember him as one of the best looking students who always had a kind word to say to everyone. He wore a turtleneck to the Military Ball when everyone else wore suits with ties or uniform kilts and he handsomely stood out in the crowd. My heart goes out to his family.

  11. KIeron Grady :

    I am very sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. I knew him on a professional level and always found him to be very professional and good natured. He was a pleasure to deal with.

  12. Ron and Karen McNeil :

    Dwaina,

    Ron and I cant begin to imagine the depth of your sorrow.
    Thom will be forever in our fondest memories as a thoughtful and compassionate man.
    I hope you find the courage and the strength to get through this difficult time.
    Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    I hope someday you find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all who knew and loved him.

    Ron and Karen

  13. Ron and Karen McNeil :

    Tyla, Elliot, Bianca and dearest Molly,

    I hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all of us who knew your dad.
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on his passing.
    He was one of the finest men we have ever known.

    He was also a man of honor and his family was his greatest joy.

    Ron and Karen

  14. We are sorry to hear this sad news.I knew Tom from the old Walkerville neighbourhood. Our condolences to his family.

  15. I will always be greatful for Thom’s friendship and his endless hours and effort into organizing rides we enjoyed together – from the Baja to “The Top Of The World Highway” in Alaska. We would talk about the things most important to us in our lives,and for Thom, first and foremost, he always considered his family his greatest blessing.
    I will miss you.
    Ride on Brother.

  16. Margaret Mahood-Whieldon :

    Dwaina, Tyla, Elliot, Bianca, Molly, and extended family members.

    Alanna and I were shocked and truly sorry to hear of the passing of Thom. We both agreed that he was such a great, great man with a wonderful personable personality – he always welcomed us into your home. Please know that we both feel your loss deeply and also know that you all have a very strong family that will support each other through these difficult times.
    Hugs and Peace, Margaret and Alanna Whieldon

  17. Anne and Randy Coupland, and Family :

    Dear Dwaina and family; all of us are deeply saddened by the news of Thom’s passing. Many memories of our years as neighbours at Otter Lake, and Thom’s role in making those memories, have been running through our heads:
    – organizing Easter egg hunts across our yards;
    – mastering the 5-person waterski;
    – various hikes into Princeton, to waterfalls, to the top of mountains to leave a flag;
    – manning up to build docks and other outdoor contraptions;
    – organizing motorcycle tour adventures, which became the Dirty Dog tours;
    – watching our children grow strong and fine in the outdoors of Tulameen.
    Our hearts are heavy with sadness. Our deepest condolences at this time of great grief. We are richer and honoured for having known Thom.
    Love and special thoughts, Anne, Randy, Wyatt and Karli Coupland

  18. Kendra Valois :

    Dwaina,

    My thoughts are with you. I cannot imagine your loss. Take care of yourself and know that you are not alone.

    Kendra

  19. Sam Ugolini :

    Dear Dwaina & family: My sincerest condolences to all of you, I am in total disbelief. My heart is with all of you at this time. I have such fond memories of working with Thom. “You are not forgotten, nor will you ever be. For as long as there is life and memory, We shall remember thee.”

    Love
    Sam

  20. Dear Dwaina and family. I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Tom. He was an amazing person and beautiful soul. He touched many people and I will never forget him.
    My dad spoke highly of him since childhood and loved how Tom put family first and took each day as it came.
    My prayers and love to the family.
    Benita

  21. Sheila from Hugh Beaton, Byng Road :

    Dear Allison,
    You will remember our lovely family vacations at your grandparent’s cottage, where Tom made fun of my constantly body at the age of 13. Some of my fondest memories are of that place and its beauty and your wonderful and very special parents and grand parents and how your mother tried to interest my mother in IODE, as we lived, for many years, just a few blocks away from each other and they had both gone through the War.

    Having also lost a beloved brother to alcoholism, I often wonder whether we would all be better off naming the disease, which is a #1 killer, masked as heart attack, stroke, cancer or diabetes. In this way we could all get over — sorry to use the cliché– denial, recognize that it is a killer and do something about it. Much love from your friend, Sheila

  22. Sheila from Hugh Beaton, Byng Road :

    Sheila from Hugh Beaton, Byng Road :

    February 25, 2015 at 9:33 am

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    Dear Allison,
    You will remember our lovely family vacations at your grandparent’s cottage, where Tom made fun of my constantly body at the age of 13. Some of my fondest memories are of that place and its beauty and your wonderful and very special parents and grand parents and how your mother tried to interest my mother in IODE, as we lived, for many years, just a few blocks away from each other and they had both gone through the War.

    Having also lost a beloved brother to alcoholism, I often wonder whether we would all be better off naming the disease, which is a #1 killer, masked as heart attack, stroke, cancer or diabetes. In this way we could all get over — sorry to use the cliché– denial, recognize that it is a killer and do something about it. Much love from your friend, Sheila

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