Thomas Der passed away at the age of 88 after a short illness on February 6, 2020 at Victoria General Hospital. He was born in Victoria on September 30, 1931 where he lived his entire life. He will be dearly missed by his wife Anita, his daughters Lisa (Sid), Karen (Rich), and Debbie (Tom); grandchildren Natalie (Stephen), Michael, Hailey, Davis, Gillian, and many members of his extended family.

He will also be missed by Anita’s family, Glenys and Janis (Paul) and their daughter Zoe.  Thomas was predeceased by his wife Lenora in 1998. Thomas was the seventh child of a family of twelve born to John and Rose Der. He is survived by his sisters Jennie, Sue, Barbara, Gwen, Cynthia and Dayanna. He is predeceased by his siblings Helen, Annie, Walter, Doreen and Reggie.

Tom worked hard in the family business, Capital Freightways Ltd until his retirement. With limited formal education, Tom was known as an astute and entrepreneurial businessman. Also important to him in business were the long-lasting friendships he made.  Golfing, going for drives, and venturing out for fishing trips on his boat were just some of his favorite past times. Over the years, he made many trips to the beautiful islands of Hawaii with family and friends.   What brought Tom the most happiness in life was his family. He was an extremely proud grandfather and took great pride in all of them.

A Private Service will be held in Thomas’ memory.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victoria Hospitals Foundation at

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Sally and Russell Chan

    Debbie, Lisa, and Karen, we are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s sudden passing. Thinking of you and your families during this sad time. Love and Hugs

  • Bonita Mar

    Dear Anita & the Der Family

    Sorry to hear of your sad loss of someone so dear and close to your hearts.
    We will miss Thomas.

    With our Sincerest Condolences to all.

    Norman & Bonita

  • Lena Lee

    To Anita and family,

    Thinking of you at this sad time.

    With my deepest sympathy,

    Lena Lee

  • Sandra Wight

    We are so sorry to hear about Thomas’s passing.
    We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.

    Love Doug and Sandi Wight and Family xoxoxoxo

  • Bob Darnell

    So sad to read of Thomas’s passing, he looked so good the last time we spoke a few months ago. His passing is a bit of Victoria’s History lost and the good old days of our youth back on Herald Street. He, with his family ran a good business at Capital Freightways and had many other business interests as well. Boy, do I miss those days!
    Bob Darnell

  • Jim Allan

    Dear Lisa, Karen & Debbie,

    I will miss the smile that lit up your dad’s face whenever I bumped into him. He was a kind man and our thoughts are with your entire family, who he always loved to update me on how and what they were up to.

    Love always … Jim Allan ❤️

  • Doug Lowe

    Anita Lisa Karen Debbie, Sorry to hear of Thomas’s passing. Worked with him at capital fruit 1949 Friends since then Will miss him Best wishes to you all sincerely Doug Lowe

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