Thomas James Houda was born on December 15, 1937 in Bellevue, AB to Joseph Francis and Helen Louise Houda. He passed away on September 1, 2019 in Calgary, AB at the age of 81 years.
While Tom was in the army and stationed in Calgary, he married Helen Louise Maslen. They ultimately made their home in Hillcrest Mines, AB, and they had a long and fruitful marriage resulting in three children, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Tom loved the outdoors and spent many happy times with his family and friends camping, fishing, boating and hunting. He loved the fact that his son, Tommy took so completely to horses, and that his other son, Doug took to hockey – both of which he loved during his own youth. He was incredibly proud and truly loved all of his children and family.
Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life is his wife, Holly; his children, Tom (Deb) Houda, Nancy (Dale) Sprlak, Doug (Shelley) Houda, Cassie Rudishyn and Tera (Lucas) Michalsky; his grandchildren, Tom, Billie Joe (Kayla), Amy (Tyler) Bunnage, Brittany (Gary) Chodyka, Tonielle, Kristian, Paris, Ireland, Taiven, Bria, Daya, Mathew and Skylar; his great grandchildren, Cailley, Presley, Avery, Beau, Brooklyn, Jayda, Aiden and Parker; his sister, Ruth (Clark) Thompson; his sister-in-law, Tammy (Andrew) Mosby; his brother-in-law, Wally (Lynwyn) Aebli; as well as many nieces and nephews; his extended family and countless friends, especially Bill Gravel, Doug Goodwin and their families whom he loved liked family.
Tom was predeceased by his first wife, Helen; his father, Joseph; his mother, Helen; his brothers, Frank, Joe and Garry; as well as numerous other relatives.
The Celebration of Life will be held at the Hillcrest Miners’ Club (22733 – 7 Ave., Hillcrest Mines, AB) on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by STARS Air Ambulance (www.stars.ca), or the Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey Association (PO Box 1321, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.