Aitken, Thomas Mills

Thomas (Tom) Mills Aitken was born August 5, 1940 to parents Andrew and Annie Aitken. Tom passed away peacefully at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home on December 24, 2021 at the age of 81 years. Tom was predeaced by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Agnes and Jack Stillwell. After the passing of Tom’s father, Tom and his mother immigrated to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland and settled in the Elgin area. Tom graduated from the Elgin School and lived in various places in Manitoba. Tom was a kind man with a gentle spirit. For those who knew him, Tom was a man of few words and a great love of all sports. In his final years curling and golf took precedence. He was a true gentleman and will be lovingly missed by his wife, Marion, step-son Douglas (Liz) Leforte. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Hillcrest Place for providing excellent and loving care for Tom for the past 6 years. In keeping with Tom’s wish no funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Tom, donations may be made the Alzheimer Society or to a charity of your choice.

22 thoughts on “Aitken, Thomas Mills”

  1. My sincere condolences Marion. I have many fond memories of working alongside Tom at Atkinson Implements for many years. Tom made every day a pleasure. He was a great friend.

  2. We have very fond memories of Tom. Not only did he help Don on the farm but he was a very good friend. We had a wonderful time when he stayed with us on the island after he retired. He will hold a place in our hearts.
    With sympathy, Don and Ruth

  3. We are certainly thinking of you. Tom was such a great man. Our sympathy to you Marion!

  4. Our condolences to Marion and family, Scotty was a friend and we had a lot of fun, good memories, Rest In Peace

  5. Tom had lots of patience finding obscure parts for us and had the knack of doing it with great PR for Atkinson’s.
    Also, he was the reason Margie had the pleasure of hosting the hilarious touring Scottish curling team at her B&B

  6. Our condolences to Marion and family in your loss! My memory of Tom was at the 2002 Hartney reunion as a large group of old school chums had gathered around sister Shirley (Morden) & Murray Hagyard’s camp site by the pool. Tom seemed content to just listen to, and smile at ,all the stories!! You produced a birthday cake , and we all sang a hearty Happy Birthday to the birthday boy! I remember cutting it into tiny pieces for all to share. Another good memory to hold close! Blessings! Bob & Edie (Morden) Tarbet, Barrhead AB

  7. My condolences to you, Marion. My Dad (Peter Franz) was Tom’s roommate at Hillcrest for most of his 6 years there. I regret that neither of us knew him in the years before he came to Hillcrest – I’m sure he was a wonderful man! He will be missed.
    Ruth Nickel

  8. Marion,
    Our sincerest condolences on the passing of Tom.
    Gordon and Rosalie White

  9. Our heart felt condolences to Marion and Doug. Sorry to hear about Tom’s pass. Tom was a quiet and genial man.
    It was a privilege to call him a friend.

    Tim and Joan Mills

  10. Tom was a very kind and gentle man. We never saw him very much, but he did leave fond memories of when Tom and my brother Chris came up to God’s lake narrows fishing one summer when Michele and I lived there in 1978. Our prayers and thoughts are with Marion and family.

  11. Only good thoughts come of having known Tom for many years as a great friend and fellow employee at Atkinson’s!! Tom and Len could find any part you needed for all the machinery we sold!! I very much enjoyed my time knowing Tom. Our condolences to Marion and family.

  12. Sincere condolences to you Marion and Doug -Tom was a gentleman in every sence of the word ! Glad he is at peace now! Sincere Dianne Agnew

  13. We are thinking of you Marion. I loved hearing of how you and Tom were attracted to each in high school at Hartney, and then were able to finally find each other again later in life and enjoyed many special years together.
    Al appreciated sharing Tom’s support of the Minnesota Twins baseball team.
    Yes, Tom was a kind, pleasant, and gentle man.

  14. Tom was a great co-worker for many years . We shared many laughs every day. I will always remember ” counting down the days” with him until his curling trip to Scotland – he was so excited to go. It was fun listening to him recant the “escapades” when he returned as well ! The bigger count down was the days to his retirement ! I believe we started around the 5 year mark lol! I think of him now as I count down my days ..thinking how nice it be if he could count with me ! Tom was truly one of a kind and I know he has been missed by all of his friends over the past years. Rest in peace Tom. Hope that hole in one is waiting for you !

  15. Dear Marion,
    Thank you for calling me with the sad news of Tom’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies and sincere condolences at this very sad time.
    I have many fond memories of Tom when we were kids in the late 1940s after he arrived from Glasgow and lived in Baldur for a short time with relatives. We became great friends. I still have wonderful flashbacks of our fun activities during that special, very sunny, hot summer.
    May the sun forever shine upon his face and the wind always be at his back. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

  16. Deepest sympathy to Tom’s family and friends. My husband got to know Tom as Tom was the Operator in the Smelter control room at INCO in Thompson MB. We started to visit with them and did many fishing trips to very remote lakes where you had to do a couple of portages to get there. He was our personal guide because he knew the area. Tom reminded me of my Dad because he was always calm, cool, happy and was always smiling. When he spoke he always had something important and smart to say. He will be missed by many. May Tom Rest In Peace.

  17. So sad to hear of Toms passing. We met in the early 70s while working at INCO in Thompson . Fishing was a must and we went on a few trips and although we were not always successful it was a pleasure spending time with Tom. In later years after our family moved Tom would come for a visit. I took him for a round on the Wolseley Golf Club course and he was hooked and continued with the game for many years after. You will be missed my friend.

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