It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Thomas A. Sokalski at Regina General Hospital on November 6, 2017, at the age of 84.
On May 15, 1933 Thomas Anthony was the fifth child born to Frank and Jessie Sokalski at Broadview, Saskatchewan. Tom grew up in the community of Elkhorn, Manitoba. At an early age Tom learned his hands were meant for hard work helping his dad and local farmers. It was at this time he learned to love sports like baseball, boxing and especially hockey that he played and coached for many years. Tom left home and went to work in Winnipeg and got a job as an operator on the CPR in Manitoba.
On April 7, 1956, Tom married the love of his life that he shared the next 61 years with Frances McEachern. Tom continued to work for the railway as his family grew, coming into their lives were Margaret, Duane, Clare, Bernadette, Laura and Thomas that created a family base that is filled with love, laughter and companionship for one another that continues to grow to this day.
In 1962, Tom became Post Master in Wapella until his retirement in 1996. Tom loved his faith and St. Andrew's Church, the community where he built his home and family and the many kids he coached in baseball and hockey.
He believed in God, common sense, hard work and never backed down from a debate.
Predeceased by his son Clare, parents Frank and Jessie, sister Emily, brothers Ben, Edward, Walter and Ray, and brother-in-law Hugh McEachern.
Tom is survived by his loving wife Frances, his children Maggie, Duane (Doreen), Bernadette, Laura (Rene) and Thomas (Teresa); grandchildren Tara, Randy, Lyndsay (Scott), Brenden, Dylan, Kayl, Kyle, Jessica (Mark), Jordyn, Jasmine and Cole; great-grandchildren Sydney, Cayden, Sierra, Sophia, Grayson, Asher and Grace; step-grandchildren Heidi (Greg), Brittany, Andrea (Kyle), Lauren and Richard; brothers Stan and John.
Mass of Christian Burial was held November 9 at St. Andrew's R.C. Church, Interment at St. Andrew's Cemetery.
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