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On March 6th, 2023, Tom Yates of Bobcaygeon, passed away at the age of 81 years.
Things that brought Tom joy through his life were being on the water, boating, sailing, snowmobiling, strumming his guitar, riding his motorcycle, skiing, travelling the world with Nancy, reading, sitting by the pool and putting a business deal together.
His career as an insurance adjuster spanned over many years. Tom retired in 2019 as a real estate agent. He was also an entrepreneur throughout his lifetime.
He is survived by and will be forever missed by his wife, Nancy Russell-Yates of 26 years, his daughter, Marci Yates-O’Malley, his stepsons, Scott Russell, Craig Russell (Stephanie), grandchildren, Amanda, Ryley, Trinity, Hayley, Edie, Emily and Elizabeth and great grandchildren, Rylen and Aria. Also his sister, Lois Ryan and many nieces and nephews.
He also had a friendship with the mother of his children, Carole Dianne and set an example of what it means to put family first. He will be truly missed by many friends, family and his adored furry companions, Smokey and Gabby.
Tom was predeceased by his parents George and Elizabeth Yates, his sister, Lorraine Hedley and his son, Kelly Tomas Yates.
Thank you to the Ross Memorial Hospital staff in the Medical Unit. Extra thank you to RN Sara and Dr. Sara Lynn Francis for the exceptional care and compassion that they provided. Also thank you for the care and support provided by the staff in the Palliative Unit.
As per Tom’s wishes, there will not be a public service.
“When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me,
want no rites in a gloom-filled room, why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little-but not too long and not with your head bowed low,
remember the love that we once shared, Miss me-but let me go,
For this is a journey we all must take and each one must go alone,
It’s all part of the Master’s plan, A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart go to friends we know,
And bury your sorrow in doing good deeds, Miss me-but let me go.”