Thomas George Heppell, B.Ed., M.Ed., died on January 13, 2011 at home in Victoria with his family by his side. He was a native Victorian, born on January 6, 1931. Predeceased by his brother, Mike (Mary) and sister, Mary (Clarence) Tayler; Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Lois; children, Janice (Klaus) Vogel, Robin (Cindy Miklic), & Patrice (Fred) Patterson; grandchildren, Lorenz, Victoria, Haleigh, Troy & Faith; and many relatives in Victoria, Ontario, and England. He will also be missed by his many close friends and former students.
Tom was a teacher in Greater Victoria for 25 years and continued to teach (and learn) even up to his final days.
His favourite hobbies included fishing, telling stories, socializing with old and new friends, reading history books, working in his garden, and traveling – although Victoria was his paradise. Tom will be especially remembered for his love of his dogs, but above all – for his love of his family.
Family and friends may pay their respects at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Monday, January 24, 2011 from 7 to 8 pm.
Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 11:00 am at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets. Interment at Royal Oak Burial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s name to the Greater Victoria Retired Teachers, Scholarship Foundation, ℅ Brian Tetlow, 81 High Street, Victoria, BC V8Z 5C8.
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Audio Recording of Funeral Service
Audio Recording of Tom Heppell’s Funeral Service – MP3
Tom Heppell Video Tribute
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Memorial Folder for Tom Heppell
Dear, Lois, Janice, Patrice, Rob and family.
I hardly know how to express my sympathy with you to know your
father’s sudden death.
I deeply sympathize with you in your grief.
From, Hiroshi & Mitsu Fujihara
Liebe Janice, Lieber Klaus, Lorenz und Victoria,
“Eines Morgens wachst Du nicht mehr auf,
die Vögel aber singen, wie sie gestern sangen.
Nichts änderts diesen Tageslauf.
Nur du bist fortgegangen, du bist frei.
Und unsere Tränen wünschen Dir Glück”
J.W. v. Goethe
Ich bin dankbar Deinen tollen Vater kennen gelernt zu haben.
Mein Gedanken sind bei Euch.
Maria + Michael Hassler
Liebe Janice, Lieber Klaus, Lorenz und Victoria,
Was sich in LIEBE verbindet bleibt ewig verbunden.
Wir wünschen Euch viel Kraft und Zuversicht für die
Von Herzen unser herzlichstes Beileid.
Maria, Michael, Marco und Maurizio Hassler
I know music was important to Tom, and when I think of him, I remember the enjoyable evening we had when we went to see the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra perform a few years ago. It was nice to see his appreciation for music and I will always think fondly of him.
Erin and I wish you and your family solace during this difficult time. We know how much your dad was loved and how much he meant to all of you. Warm hugs, Gail
Dein Vater muss ein wunderbarer Mensch gewesen sein.
Die liebevollen Worte auf dieser Seite und das Erinnerungsvideo zeigen das. Sie sind sehr schön und ergreifend.
Ich hatte das Gefühl ihn dadurch ein bischen kennenlernen zu
dürfen und habe gespürt, dass dieser Mensch viele Spuren
hinterlassen hat. Wir denken auch von Deutschland aus an
Euch und wünschen Euch weiterhin so viel Kraft, Liebe und
Bruce & Doreen Armstrong
Rob, Cindy & family,
Our most heartfelt sympathies to your mom, sisters & all of the family.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Doreen & Bruce Armstrong
So sorry to hear of “Mr. Heppell’s” passing. He was our daughter’s favourite teacher. She loved his jokes and because he made her laugh, she loved learning. She still remembers his stories and we still possess one of the famous pottery bowls. She went on to excellent academic and personal achievement and for that we always remember to thank the teachers, especially the good ones. On the few occasions I’ve seen Tom in the past 25+ years we always shared a memory of Uplands School and he always seemed to remember our daughter. A life well lived and a difference made to so many children. Many thanks.
I have so many happy, wonderful childhood memories that include Tom, and for that I am so thankful.
His presence, along with you Lois,forged the foundation of my life on Hobbs with an embracing love and supporting network that has continued to this day. An amazing life well lived with hard work and pride, standing beside his adoring family.
With my constant love & thoughts,
Jim & Karen Otterman
Lois, Rob & family–with our deepest sympathy.
Maureen & Bernie Hinz
Dear Lois and Family , so sorry to hear of Tom’s Death. My condolences to all of you, It was nice you all had some time together for his 80th. sincerly Maureen
Annette McKellar and Ron Small
To Lois and family, my heart aches for you in this time of loss. Tom was very proud of his family, and spoke recently of falling in love with you, Lois, at first sight. I deeply miss my friend and mentor. Annette
To Lois, Janice, Patrice, Rob and family. I feel your sadness at this time very much. An important thing Tom has left us are so many happy memories. No one can take them away.That forty pound salmon,and jam from Lois’ kitchen and Tom’ s garden’ just two of many. My sincere condolences. Malcolm
Dear Heppell family: Lois, Janice, Rob & Patrice,
I am very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, and of your loss. I have many fond memories of Tom. A tribute to Tom is the strong and wonderful family he left behind !
Hi Patrice and family,
I was so sad to hear of your fathers passing. My thoughts are with you at this time
We’ll miss you, Mr. Heppell. You were a great influence on our boys’ lives and contributed to making many happy memories of Uplands Elementary in the ’80s.
(And I liked talking ‘dogs’ with you!)
Liz Zacks, mother of Gavin and Alistair.
Tara Parkes (nee Frankland)
Lois, Janice, Robin, Patrice and family… please accept our sincere condolences. Although it has been awhile since we have seen you, we both remember Tom with the fondest of memories, and are truly sorry to hear of his passing. For many years Lois was my “second” Mom, and I have not forgotten your kindness during the passing of my Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Dad and I are both honoured to have known Tom and to have been able to share some of our lives with him. We will miss him.
Tara Parkes (nee Frankland), and Bill Frankland
Janice, I have fond memories of hanging out on Hobbs St. back in our university days. I remember sitting in the kitchen listening to your dad’s wonderful stories. Both your parents have always made me feel so very welcome. My love to all of you!
Deborah (Draper) and Murray Metherall
Our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Tom; who was a fine educator, historian, fisherman extraordinaire, and best friend. His spirit and enthusiasm we will dearly miss. We have fond memories of the times we spent with Tom and we share in your sorrow.
Debbie (Draper) and Murray Metherall
Bob and Isobel Francis
To Rob and family. Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. Cherish your many wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob and Isobel Francis
My condolences to the entire family.
Tom was an excellent educator. He allowed his Uplands Elementary Grade 5 students the opportunity to appreciate the arts but even more than that, he treated us like adults.
I remember in Grade 5 having long conversations with him about the goaltending styles of Patrick Roy and Ron Hextall, endlessly debating the merits of both. I have great memories of the pottery wheel and his fabulous Parker pens!
My deepest sympathies
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lois and family,
I was saddened to read of “santa’s” passing. He knew my siblings and I from the time we were born through the Kinsmen Club. He taught us at Monterey, giving my younger brother Ray the nickname of “Phillamore Magillicutty”. He was a gentle soul, great teacher and family man. Treasure his memories, jokes and wicked sense of humor. His physical self may be gone but his spirit is within everyone he touched.
My sincere condolences to Janice and your family. I only met your father a few times but always remember a very pleasant and kind man. You and I spent many hours working and socializing at the Village Inn Restaurant sharing moments about our families and for that I am very thankful.
Thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
Daryl & Barb Williams
To Lois, Janice, Robin, Patrice and Family,
Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Our connection to your family is through Rob who has become very close to us this past year, and has done so much to help us through our difficult times, Rob spoked often of his family to the point we almost felt we knew you. Tom must have been proud to have such a wonderful and caring family.
Daryl and Barb Williams
Karen Fischer (Searle)
My condolences to you and your family. I have fond memories of an exceptional Grade 5 teacher at Uplands (1977). So sorry to hear of his passing, your loss and the loss of a wonderful teacher
My thoughts our with you.
Karen Fischer (Searle).
My heart goes out to Lois and Tom’s kids and grand-children. How can you not miss such a wonderful Man? Tom was a great and loyal friend to my father, Jim, and to my sister, Connie. Tom and Lois were very kind to me when I was young. I expect that Tom will be greeted in Heaven by many people he loved, who passed on before him. God bless you and watch over you all.
Just wanted to offer our sincere Sympathy to you and your
Family, in the loss of your Father. Kindly convey my Condolences
to your Mother and other members of your Family.
I’m sure God must have a special place of Honour in Heaven
for teachers and that your Dad’s spot is reserved front and centre.
Being a teacher is a very stressful….ask me, I did it for a long time.
That is why I went to a quieter, easier field of endeavor.
Our thoughts and prayers are with You and your Family.
Ken And Marian Theaker
Rest in Peace, Mr. Heppell. You were a great inspiration.
Misha Dhillon (nee Anidjar-Romain)
My sincere condolences on the passing of a wonderful teacher. He was my grade 5 teacher at Uplands Elementary (I’m now 32) and I remember him well (especially his elegant handwriting methods). I will never forget him.
So very sorry to read of Tom’s passing. My thoughts go out to you and the family at this difficult time.
Lois, Janice, Rob and Patrice,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss. Tom holds a special place in my heart and always will. I loved talking with him and listening to his stories about teaching and fishing as so many people have commented before me. I am very sad not to be there with you but am sending hugs your way and much love, Bo aka Val
Evelyn, Bob Grundison
We have known Tom for many years. He was a fine person, great family man, outstanding teacher, avid fisherman. It is with great regret that we learned of his passing.
Sincerely, Evelyn and Bob
May the Fishing be Great Mr. Heppell : Consider it Dunn
[…] I would like to think everyone had one or two favourite teachers they look back fondly upon. Well, in my case Mr. Heppell was definitely one of them and sadly he passed away on January 13th at home with his family by his side. Here is his official obituary: Thomas George “Tom” Heppell. […]
Penny and Les Underwood
so sorry to hear of your loss. We are always “forever- Nurses”.!
Doug and Lisa Skinner
Tom and Lois
Janice and Patrice
We remember you all so well. I have fond memories working across the hall from Tom at Blanshard Elementary School. Tom was the veteran teacher and I was just starting my career. Tom was a great guy and yes, a very good story teller. The very best to you all.
Doug and Lisa Skinner
Mr. Heppell taught my 5th grade class at Uplands Elementary (1988?). He had a profound affect on me with his funny stories, loving nature and sincere enthusiasm. He was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.
I was a member of the “Breakfast Club” for misbehaving kids who were chronically detained after 3pm!
I remember doing pottery with him, and his story about his dog who’d passed on, yet he continued to step over the spot where the dog always used to lie in the doorway.
I wish I had seen him again after elementary school but I will certainly be attending the memorial, it would be an honour to meet his family.
So sorry for your loss.
I have wonderful memories of Tom, with clay spattered tie, in the staff room showing off his students latest creations. I’m sure some parents still treasure the “trademarked” mugs, bowls and sculptures. Tom was a good teacher and good friend who never tired in his devotion to his students. His life left a great impression on those of us who called him teacher and friend.
The Canadian Scottish Regiment Womens Auxiliary
Our deepest sympathy,
All members of The Womens’ Auxiliary of the Canadian Scottish Regiment, and The ex-cadets Old Guard.
Rob are though and prayer are with you and your family. I didn’t know your dad but knowing you and your hard work and devotion for your profession. Now I think I know how your dad was a great man.
Yves Berthiaume and Family HAWKESBURY, ONT
Dear Rob and Lois and family:
I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Please know that my love and prayers are with you all.
Thomas Lange & Halima & Sammy
Dear Lois, Janice, Patrice, Rob and family,
I shall always remember the time we spent at Victoria celebrating Janice’s and Klaus’ wedding with Tom accompanying us during the stay. Whenever we had the opportunity to talk he reminded me of how silly I looked as a disguised Chinese… It is in those shared moments that he will live on in our memories.
Nos sincères condoléances
Thomas, Halima & Sammy
Dear Janice, Klaus and Family,
I was so sad to hear of your Father’s passing, Janice, and my most sincere condolences. Although I met your Father only on a few occasions and those were many years ago, my memories of him are fresh and they are of a kind, warm, decent man who raised a wonderful family and treated excitable teenagers as adults and listened to what we said (and trusted us not to do too much damage to his house!). He was a man that made you want to leave a good impression.
Words are so insufficient and please forgive the informality of an e-mail, but my thoughts are with you all and I will celebrate Thomas’ long and happy life and the mark that he has left on those that he touched.
Dear Lois, Janice, Rob, Patrice & family,
Thank-you for sharing with us the lovingly written letter and obituary. It comforts the heart to know that Tom had a very good life …and a fabulous and wonderful family. His joy for life and education was very evident in the wonderful conversations that we had the pleasure to share with him. His enthusiasm and love of life will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know him. Tom was a very generous man and shared much of himself and his passion for storytelling and education.
Madison and I will always cherish our memories of the Christmas dinners that we were so kindly invited to share with your family when we had no family nearby …and those wonderful Christmas-card place-mats! Tom and all of you made us feel like a part of your family.
We will all miss him dearly,
Rebecca, Andreas and Madison
Karl Theo & Gudrun v.d. Trenck
wir möchten Dir und Deiner Familie unser tiefes Mitgefühl zum Tod Deines Vaters ausdrücken. Die Eltern sind ja die Personen, die wir am längsten kennen, und sie gehören zu dem kleinen Kreis, mit dem wir am vertrautesten sind. Solch ein Verlust wiegt schwer. Es ist unser Gebet, dass Ihr alle Kraft und allen Trost erhaltet, die Ihr brauchen werdet.
In Gedanken sind wir bei Dir und Deiner Familie.
In verwandtschaftlicher Verbundenheit mit herzlichen Grüßen
Karl-Theo & Gudrun
Dear Lois, Janice, Rob, Patrice & family,
I sincerely thank you for sending me a message. I have just returned to my duty station in Samoa from my home leave in Tokyo and looked at the message. I am so sorry and sad to hear about Tom’s passing away. I still remember him (with his boat) during my days in Victoria. I pray for the repose of Tom’s soul.
Dear Lois and family,
What a sad time this is for you.
Tom was an important part of our “Uplands family” . He always loved to share what was going on with his family and he was interested in what was going on in ours.
He truly valued his friendships and was so pleased to meet up with acquaintances.
Our thoughts are with you.
Bernie and Roné Sinclair
Fiona and Bob Lees
Dear Lois, Patrice and Family
Bob and I extend our deepest sympathy at this sad time.
We will always remember Tom for his love and kindness to us and taking us to many a Robert Burn’s Party. We have been blessed to have known Tom
Love Fiona and Bob
I am sorry I will not be able to come to the service on the 25th
Christoph + Clara Kähny
zum Tod Deines Vaters sprechen wir Dir und Deiner Familie unser tiefempfundenes Beleid aus. Wir begleiten Euch in dieser Zeit der Trauer mit unseren Gedanken und Gebete. Möge Gott Euch viel Kraft und Trost spenden, aber auch Freude in Erinnerung an den vielen schönen Stunden, die Ihr mit Eurem Vater erleben durftet.
Clara, Christoph, Alexander, Mariví und Johannes
Ann-Kristin & Erhard Buerk
Dear Janice and Klaus, Dear Lois and family,
it is difficult to accept the finiteness of life having lost a wonderful father, husband, family member. You are in all our thoughts during this difficult time.
It is good to know that all your family is caring for each other.
With our deepest sympathy.
Erhard, Ann-Kristin, Jan-Hendrik, Lukas, Benedikt, Justus and Magdalena
Monica and Rob Jardine
We just wanted to convey our sympathies to you, Rob, Paul and families.
Anne u. Dietmar Steinbach
Dir und Deiner Familie übermitteln wir unsere aufrichtige Anteilnahme. In Gedanken seid ihr ständig bei uns.
Bitte überbring auch Deiner Mutter unser Beileidsbekunden.
Liebe Grüße Anne und Dietmar
Gary and Bonnie Niemi
Dear Lois and family,
We were very sorry to hear from Ruth and Bruce that Tom had passed on and want to send you our deepest sympathy.
We have fond memories of our cruise together to the Baltic and remember how interesting Tom made the trip with his recall of the history of the areas that we visited.
Our thoughts are with all of you.
Gary and Bonnie Niemi
Elena and Jochen Rudolph
Liebe Janice und Klaus,
Liebe Patrice und Rob!
Die Nachricht vom Tod Eures Vaters und Ehemannes hat uns sehr bewegt. Es ist schwer, passende und tröstende Worte zu finden. Bitte wisst, dass wir sehr an Euch alle in dieser schweren Zeit denken. Und dafür beten, dass Ihr die Kraft habt, diese dunklen Stunden gemeinsam zu überstehen.
In Libee Elena, Jochen, Carlotta und Philippa
Rolf Ruediger Olbrisch
Welch ein Geschenk, Kind eines solch wunderbaren Vaters zu sein: Es macht das Herz stark und froehlich zugleich.
Liebe Gedanken, Katharina und Rolf Ruediger Olbrisch
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’.
Ps. 103 Alles beste für Euch, Mortimer
I was sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. After reading the obituaries I am sure that you have many good memories that you will recall for years to come. Our thoughts are with you and your family
Rob and family,
Sorry to hear about your Dad, my thoughts are with you at this time. Janine
Dear Rob and Family,
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts are with you. Stephanie
Kathy & Peter Kilshaw
Dear Rob, Lois and the Heppell family,
We were saddened to hear that your dad had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. xo
Dear Patrice and Family,
We are so thankful to have known Tom. He shared so many wonderful stories about his life and his family. He was an inspirational educator, leader and family man. We are thinking of you and your family.
Love to you, Wayne, Deb and Madison
I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing.
Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mr. Heppell was my grade six teacher at Colwood Elementary in 1965-66. My sincere consolences to his family. Blessings, Debbie Greig
Dear Rob and family
Please accept my sincere condolence on the loss of your father. Losing a Dad is significant in our lives, so please take time for you, just to be and remember. May the blessings of God fill you with grace during these days.
Jeanie & Mel Hendra
Lois & family,
Mel has fond memories of working with Tom at B. C. Power Commission before he started his teaching career and Jeanie enjoyed working with Tom at Uplands Elementary School for many years. We know you will miss Tom’s presence everyday but hope that all of your wonderful memories over the years will help you through this very sad time.
Tom & Terry Flood
To Rob and family. I was sorry to learn about the passing away of your Dad today through OFSA. We offer our sincere sympathy. May it be of some comfort to know that others have you in their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Tom & Terry Flood Ottawa
Please accept our deepest sympathy in you loss. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Pia Wyatt and family
Dearest Lois and the entire Heppell family – Uncle Tom was a man of many, many stories and much laughter!! He delighted and educated me many a time. He will be truly missed. Much love to you all….. pia
To Lois and her family,
So sad to hear about Tom, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Robert C. Thompson
To Lois, Janice, Patrice & Rob I extend my sincere condolences on the passing of a wonderful husband and father. I shall always
treasure our wonderful times both in minor hockey and a UVIC. Tom was a great friend whom I will miss dearly. “Count your life by smiles. not tears; Count your age by friends, not years.”
Joan & Dick Yerex
It is difficult to help our loved ones through the final phase of their physical life. I know that you have done this with expertise, grace and all encompassing love. You have given Tom such an amazing gift.
All our love,
Joan and Dick Yerex
Kathleen Berry CFSP
Robin know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to ask. God Bless…Kathleen
Dear Patrice and family
You are all in our thoughts and prayers right now. May your wonderful memories of your dad help you through this time.
Bruce and Ruth Whitten
I just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you, and are so sorry, with Love Ruth.
Dearest Patrice and Family,
I am saddened by your loss and send my heartfelt condolences. Your dad was a delight and memories of my many ‘education oriented’ chats bring a smile to my face. May God grant you the peace you need to walk out your lives missing his presence and to enjoy the years of delight you had with him.
Mark & Anne Smith
Rob and the entire Heppell Family: We offer our most sincere condolences to you. The obituary highlights a wonderful man who touched the lives of many people. May the family always cherish the happy memories of Tom’s time on earth!
So sorry for your loss. Life may go on but it will never be the same.
Glenda and Bill Leach
Lois and family:
We are thinking of all of you at this sad time. Tom has given so much of himself to our world in knowledge, friendship and caring. His memory will live on.
Rob and family, my heart is saddened by your loss. My love and caring thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Rob and Family, I am tihinking of you and send my love and prayers for you and your family.
Your family is in my prayers as you walk this dark road. May your memories all be blessed ones.
I was sorry to hear about your dad’s death. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!