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Thomas E. Bottomley
May 12, 1920 - January 9, 2017
Thomas Earnest Bottomley passed away Monday January 9th, 2017 at the Veteran’s Memorial building surrounded lovingly by members of his family.
Born in Halifax, May 12th, 1920, Tom was the youngest son of John and Catherine (Wilson) Bottomley and was the last remaining member of his family.
Tom’s spent his early years working along side his father at the Bottomley Mill, formerly located in the North End of Halifax . He entered the Royal Canadian Navy as a shipwright . Later Chief Petty Officer and retired as a Master Warrant Officer. He served his county in the 2nd world war sailing in the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Once retired from the navy he finished off his career employed as a Naval Architect with the Department of National Defence , retiring at the young age of 71.
As a member of the C&PO’s/WO & Sgts Mess you would often find Tom chatting his noon hour away at Windsor Park or Stadacona.
Tom was a long-time member of the Ashburn Golf Club. He walked the course until his 92nd year and enjoyed the rounds shared with the early birds at the New Course. He was a master carpenter and shared a passion for gardening with his wife Jean. Often crowned the “carrot king” a yearly competition he shared with his neighbor Norma.
He is survived by his sons, Richard (Agnes) of Edmonton, AB, Gary (Mona) of Dartmouth, daughter, Linda Rice (Greg) of Berwick, NS, 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Tom was pre-deceased by his loving wife Jean (Moore), eldest son John, brother Donald, and sister Catherine.
A Celebration of Tom ‘s life, will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayer’s Rd, Halifax, at 11:00 am, Thursday, January 12th followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the SPCA, or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, caregivers, volunteers and all the support staff of 6 West Veterans, for their exceptional care of our father.