Renee took this picture of her dad.  It is one of my favourite pics!  Thanks, honey, for catching this moment!
Thomas Reginald Ready
  • 60 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 22, 1951
  • Place of birth:
    London, Ontario, Canada
  • Date of passing: Mar 10, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    London, Ontario, Canada
You will remain forever in my heart, Chuck. With all of my love and until we are together once more, Sharron

This memorial was created to honour Tom (a.k.a. Chuck) Ready whose wit, wisdom, generosity and caring touched many lives.  Let's share stories and pictures that will help to celebrate his life for years to come.    

 

The Next Room

Death is nothing at all.

I have only slipped away

into the next room.

I am I and you are you.

Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by my old familiar name,

speak to me in the easy way which you always used.

Put no difference into your tone;

wear no false air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed

at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.

...I am but waiting for you, for an interval,

somewhere very near just around the corner. All is well.

 —Henry Scott Holland, English clergyman and theologian

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Joe Vasko on 22nd November 2016

"65 years old and I am 56. We were always bookends looking for trouble of some kind. I miss you everyday but today in particular. Your smile and wisdom are always missed."

This tribute was added by Kent Rowe on 22nd November 2016

"Whenever I would see Tom I would would smile but also on the inside as well. He is one of those people who made you feel good just being around him. I miss you Tom Ready!"

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 22nd November 2016

"Today, we would have celebrated your 65th birthday, Thos. I would have teased you about your entry into the senior's club and you would have reminded me that I was already a member. Miss you every day, Chuck."

This tribute was added by cheryl doher on 10th March 2016

"Thinking of the wonderful memories I have of Tom today: his pockets bulging with coins as he crashed the slot machine in the lobby in Australia, getting lost in Sydney, the pride on his face when he found the perfect opal for Sharon, watching him try to throw a boomerang and almost decapitating a student...so many memories to cherish! Miss you Tom!  hugs Sharon and family"

This tribute was added by Joe Vasko on 10th March 2016

"Thought of you again last night as I worked on plumbing that you and I dealt with 13 years ago. You told me it wouldn't last and it didn't. Strange that was just last night. You were always right on this and so many issues. I miss your guidance and calm attitude. Thinking of you today and everyday."

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 9th March 2016

"Not a day without you, Thos.  XO"

This tribute was added by Joe Vasko on 22nd November 2015

"Spent the day with family today. We felt your spirit and it was good."

This tribute was added by Katherine Hawley on 22nd November 2015

"Hey Tom! Our memories are so wonderful of you. What a fun person you are! Missing you today. See you later!"

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 10th March 2015

"The hands on the clock moved slowly today, Thos.  XXX"

This tribute was added by Suzann Ritchie on 10th March 2015

"Thinking of you today Tom. Miss you!"

This tribute was added by Kent Rowe on 10th March 2015

"Love that man. Don't ever remember him without a moustache. Anyone have a picture?"

This tribute was added by Joe Vasko on 10th March 2015

"Thinking of you today and everyday. Keep smiling down on us and keeping us in your warm smile."

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 2nd March 2015

"Each day, Thos. Each and every day."

This tribute was added by Gerry Hawley on 23rd November 2014

"Happy Birthday Chuck.  I think of you often.  The other day I smiled as I said something to Liv in conversation that you said to me a million times.  I do that a lot.  

-the other guy-"

This tribute was added by Patricia Whitehead on 22nd November 2014

"Happy Birthday Mr.Ready! You touched so many lives, always a smile!"

This tribute was added by Kent Rowe on 22nd November 2014

"I love that man!  He was such an amazing person. I have such good memories of him!"

This tribute was added by Katherine Hawley on 22nd November 2014

"Happy Birthday Tom. Have a good time today and give all the heavenly beings something to laugh about! We are thinking of you today. . . . Frankenmouth . . . .LOL!!. . . "Will Chuck and Paul please meet your party at the front checkout." I will never forget the look on your face. You are precious forever!"

This tribute was added by Joe Vasko on 22nd November 2014

"Miss you today and everyday. We know that you are looking down and protecting all you loved."

This tribute was added by cheryl doher on 22nd November 2014

"Thinking of you Tom on your birthday and knowing that you are leading the party in heaven. We miss you, but there is comfort knowing that you are in a better place, without pain, without suffering, only peace and light! Watch over your beautiful Sharron"

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 22nd November 2014

"Missing you today and always, Thos.  You never wanted anything special planned on your birthday, yet you always fussed for others.  I cherish the time that we had and wish that you were here to celebrate your 63rd."

This tribute was added by Suzann Ritchie on 10th March 2014

"Just a little note to say I am thinking of and missing you bro-in-law. I am thinking also it will be Easter egg time soon... will I hide one or two for you? :)"

This tribute was added by Kent Rowe on 10th March 2014

"I saw that picture of me Tom and my dad at Murray's wedding again recently. Tom was nicely snuggled in between JD and I under our arm pits with a grin on his face. Makes me laugh every time.  When I think of Tom I get sad because he is gone, but it also makes me happy to think of him because of how awesome he was. Such an amazing man!"

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 8th March 2014

"Have been in that conversation with the doctors so many times, Thos.  Still feel the numbness.  Missing you now and always."

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 22nd November 2013

"Like every day, Thos.  Thinking of you.  Always your Babs. XXX"

This tribute was added by Katherine Hawley on 22nd November 2013

"Thanks for the memories Tom. Your smile, generosity and kindness will never be forgotten. We will always get a laugh when we remember your sense of humour. I must add that I totally relaxed and unwound when we entered your house. We were always greeted with the most wonderful hospitality which you extended to all. Thanks!!! Love you~~"

This tribute was added by Suzann Ritchie on 22nd November 2013

"Remembering my brother-in-law today and always! You live on Tommy.. so Happy Birthday!!! Miss you!"

This tribute was added by cheryl doher on 22nd November 2013

"Just wanted to take a minute and remember a remarkable man! We miss him and think of him often. He truly made a difference in my life and that is a legacy that will last forever. Holding you close in my thoughts today Sharon; please know that you are loved!
Cheryl Doher."

This tribute was added by Joe Vasko on 22nd November 2013

"Tom. Happy birthday my dearest friend. I continue to try to live my life in a way that you would approve of. You were always the calm in my many storms."

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 23rd August 2013

"It would be our 38th anniversary today, Tom.
It just wasn't meant to be, and I struggle to understand why.
I celebrate memories that always warm my heart and make me smile, Chuck."

This tribute was added by Katherine Hawley on 11th March 2013

"Sharron. . sharing your sadness. . . yesterday all day. . . .couldn't explain the tears that flowed off and on all day. . .until I realized what day it actually was. Love you and your family so much. Tom was, and is very special!!! xxxxx00000"

This tribute was added by Pearl Ready on 10th March 2013

"Forever Missed words can not express the deep sorrow that haunts my every day. Thinking of you and your beloved family.Always in my heart"

This tribute was added by Angela Metcalfe on 10th March 2013

"Thinking of you, Aunt Sharron, Renee, Greg, Gabby, Charlotte, Al, Josh and all the family...may the wonderful memories of a very special husband, father, papa and uncle comfort and sustain, today and always.  Love from Ange, Steve, Dawson & Emily xo"

This tribute was added by mary horne on 10th March 2013

"Pearl and all other family members. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. I met Tom only twice. His ready smile and the mischievous glint in his eye have stayed in my memory over this year. May the Lord bless all of you."

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 10th March 2013

"Well, Thos., this day is not unlike all of the others since we said good-bye . . . thinking of you, missing you, wanting you as I have all of those yesterdays . . ."

This tribute was added by Suzann Ritchie on 10th March 2013

"Well Tommy it has been 1yr. now since you left us. My heart goes out to Sharron, Renee & Greg, Al, Josh , Gabby and Charlotte, as they put this day behind them. The first year is the hardest. I think of you often and a smile comes over my face.  We all miss you funny man!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 25th February 2013

"Many, many dreams of you, of us.  So real.  Cannot begin to tell you how much I miss holding your hand.  Forever, Tom."

This tribute was added by Vance Willder on 16th February 2013

"I never had a chance to say thanks, or good bye. So...thanks for putting up with me and never giving up on me. Missed and never forgotten!"

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 22nd November 2012

"Happy Birthday, Tom.  Joe would be homeward bound about now.  John would have called to wish you the best.  The kids would have left around 7:00 because of bedtimes for the grandkids.  Leftover pizza would be in the refridgerator for your breakfast & lunch tomorrow.  And all would be well.  Forever, Chuck."

This tribute was added by Trudy Spearing on 22nd November 2012

"Happy Birthday Tom!!  I can almost hear you singing a song to Sharron and grinning that devilish grin of yours!"

This tribute was added by Pearl Ready on 22nd November 2012

"Missing my beloved son so much today as I know his family does also. Love you all"

This tribute was added by Suzann Ritchie on 22nd November 2012

"I am thinking of my one of a kind brother-in-law today, his wit, his generosity and most of all, that humour!  Happy Birthday Thomas!!!"

This tribute was added by Kent Rowe on 22nd November 2012

"Tom. The type of person who left an impression with anyone he met that's for sure. Such character, such charisma. The kind of person you want to be around. If I were to try and explain Tom in a few words what immediately pops I to my head is: smart, witty, warm, caring, exciting, daring, funny, fun, happy. A truly special man."

This tribute was added by cheryl doher on 22nd November 2012

"Thinking of you on your birthday Tom. We are taking a certain beautiful young lady out to dinner tonight in your place. We'll have a toast to you and miss you together. Hope you're smiling down on us today :)"

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 8th October 2012

"Another family gathering without you, Tom.  You brought such warmth, smiles and laughter to our get-togethers.   Memories of you . . ."

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 5th September 2012

"Thos., many say that it becomes easier over time.  Maybe they were not blessed to have what we had.  
Holding on tight and missing you 1235 and 2 sail cats!    
xxx"

This tribute was added by Joe Vasko on 14th June 2012

"Having a good day today and thinking of the many wonderful times we shared together.  Miss you my friend."

This tribute was added by Katherine Hawley on 10th April 2012

"My heart aches for my sister and her family."

This tribute was added by Katherine Hawley on 10th April 2012

"You could talk to Tom about anything and he was quite informed on any subject from woodworking, to religion, to recipes, to fishing, to riding the rails. . . and that was another story. I will forever miss his delight in having us over for coffee or supper and making sure we had a glass of wine in our hands before we could barely get our coats off. Tom spoiled us big time."

This tribute was added by Katherine Hawley on 10th April 2012

"And then there was the stop at Bronners where Sharron and I had to have Paul and Chuck paiged. . . LOL!! "Will Paul and Chuck please meet your party at the front check-out. . .Paul and Chuck". (over the loud-speaker). . . priceless the look on Tom's face! . . .and then sitting in the court yard at Aberfoyle while we explored rows and rows of antiques. . . never complained."

This tribute was added by Katherine Hawley on 10th April 2012

"I remember and miss that 'look' which seemed to say, "Oh brother", and then he would roll his eyes. I cherish the trips to Frankenmuth, Bronners, the antique shop in Saginaw where he and Paul sat and had coffee in the little coffee shop while Sharron and I wandered down memory lane after memory lane. . . .never complaining . . . just patiently waiting. . .that was our Tom."

This tribute was added by Justin Vasko on 1st April 2012

"There's a lot of things that stand out when I think about Tom - the master chef who often made pizzas that would make a dietician cringe, the expert fisherman, the man with the workshop that would make home depot blush, the odd sense of humour that all-but-matches my own, but most of all, I remember how jealous I was of he and dad's friday-night action movie marathons. One great character."

This tribute was added by Justin Vasko on 1st April 2012

"Tom was my Godfather,  a close friend of my father, and family.  Though we did not share genetics, there was no question that he was my uncle.  He was the epitome of a "fun uncle", with all the jokes, stories, and "don't tell your parents I gave you this" that comes along with the title.  For him, forever missed is an understatement."

This tribute was added by Joe Vasko on 29th March 2012

"I simply miss you so much.This computer does not know the tremdous person that you are. I hope you  Gram. Peter and Bob are having fun."

This tribute was added by Joe Vasko on 29th March 2012

"I have to continue as the two of us got into trouble on a regular basis and revelled in it. I remember the lighting of the cigarettes in the microwave after the  Beverly Hills cop movie. We were partners in the Father Bob move. Tom was the go to guy when my brother died. He and Sharron helped to make life better. My life and my career are simply better because of him."

This tribute was added by Joe Vasko on 29th March 2012

"What can I say about the man who made my life so fantastic for the past 28 years. I am typing this and wiping away the tears as I attempt to give a tribute to an amazing man who I was blessed to know for these past 28 years. Tom was my friend, my peer, my tutor, my fishing friend, my best man, my son's godfather, my guide into fatherhood, my sanctuary, my tree kiliing buddy, my swish pal,"

This tribute was added by Ellen Thelosen on 28th March 2012

"Sharron I was very sorry to hear about your recent loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time."

This tribute was added by Tracy Knister on 22nd March 2012

"Our sincerest sympathy to the family of Tom Ready. From Olive Coatsworth, Jane and Tracy Knister & Dave Irwin."

This tribute was added by Lori DeWitte on 19th March 2012

"Dear Sharron & family,
Mark and I were very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Tom could light up a room with his smile and his sunny disposition. He touched the lives of so many of the students at the Pines and all of your summer students at SRC,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Mark and Lori DeWitte"

This tribute was added by Christine Prosser on 18th March 2012

"If the true worth of a person is how happy he makes those who love him, then Tom's value in this world was indeed priceless.  I know how happy you were with Tom, Sharron.  In the wake of his untimely passing, we should all vow to love with a little more kindness and gentleness, as Tom did every day."

This tribute was added by cheryl doher on 18th March 2012

"Not done yet:). All day musaka making, long talks about advocating for kids instead of punishing them. As a teacher, he was my role model. We're here for you Sharon, whatever you need! XO Cheryl"

This tribute was added by cheryl doher on 18th March 2012

"I have so many special memories of you both! The most special would have to be our wedding day. The very special and intimate service with just the two of you was perfect! The love and support you have both given us since has been inspirational. Tom's support through the sylvester mess meant so much! Losing him in Sydney Australia, watching him comfort an air sick student, learning hula !"

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 17th March 2012

"From Joe & Maria Mariconda:
to sharon and family, tom was not only a great neighbor, but a great teacher of life. our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.""

This tribute was added by Nicolle Evans on 17th March 2012

"Sharron and Family,
I am thinking of you during this time, I will always remember his funny stories during English and all the wonderful memories you shared with me. He was a true gift. Your pictures are amazing!"

This tribute was added by Trudy Spearing on 17th March 2012

"I knew Tom from way back in high school.  He was a wonderful person and had many great friends.  I remember the coffee houses and Tom playing his guitar. Your pictures show the wonderful life you had together. I am so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Murray Dawson on 17th March 2012

"Going for Christmas and "story time".  Going to miss you Tom!!!!"

This tribute was added by Patricia Whitehead on 17th March 2012

"It seems like yesterday I was sitting in his grade 8 science class disecting a frog with Rob, then he was at the Pines with us, what a great teacher! He will be missed by many, may God grant you the strength to look back on all the great times and smile often!"

This tribute was added by Dan Wilson on 16th March 2012

"Thanks for the friendship, mentoring and laughs my friend."

This tribute was added by Ann Lowes on 16th March 2012

"Sharon, So sorry for you losing your soulmate. You shared many years of true happiness with your beloved Chuck.Just remember all of the memories you shared with each other and this will surely add a smile on your face. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult times. Take care. Sincerely,Ann"

This tribute was added by jackie caza on 16th March 2012

"There are people who are in our lives even if for a short while that you just remember  with the fondest thoughts. Mr. Ready was a very kind man with a big heart. He believed in me once and went to bat for me if not for him I would probably had to repeat grade 10 math.Not a big deal but the fact he stood up for me when he didn't have to meant the world.Rest in peace and thankyou"

This tribute was added by MaryEllen Broadbent on 15th March 2012

"Sending thoughts of peace and courage during this difficult time. Mr. Ready was always my favourite teacher at the Pines he will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Lisa Matte-Roe on 15th March 2012

"Very saddened to hear this news.Mr.Ready was always my favorite teacher..I had the utmost respect for this man and still use alot of the wise words he taught me.Rest in peace Mr.Ready"

This tribute was added by Andrew Newcombe on 15th March 2012

"Two precious gifts that life provides are time and freedom.  We are free to spend our time as we wish.  Sharron, the time you and Tom have spent together is a wise investment that will continue to accrue worth in the life to come.  God bless you both while you are separated for a season of time."

This tribute was added by Kent Rowe on 14th March 2012

"The Disney movie Christmas nights.  The warm welcomes we would feel every Christmas morning when we'd arrive  The heart to heart talks with him that remind me of the ones I'd have with my mom.  The most absolutely perfect guy to share a life with my cousin and her son. I will miss him very much and will never forget him.
Kent"

This tribute was added by Karen Emery on 14th March 2012

"My thoughts are with you at this time.  My deepest sympathy to you on your loss of Chuck.
Sincerely, Karen"

This tribute was added by Ruth Dowe on 14th March 2012

"His legacy is your wonderful loving family. His strength lives on in all of you.

Thinking of you all often."

This tribute was added by Betty Kobylka on 14th March 2012

"What a great friend and partner you had in your life Sharron.
I loved the funny stories you would share with me about Chuck.  I can see by all the wonderful photos he truly loved his family. Hold all the memories near and dear in your heart and smile when you think of him.
Hugs to you, Betty"

This tribute was added by shelley chinnick on 13th March 2012

"What a wonderful tribute to a husband, father, grandfather, friend. Thinking of you and your family as you make your way through this next journey.  

Take Care, Shelley"

This tribute was added by Nadene Hunter on 13th March 2012

"I have wonderful memories of many stories shared by Sharron about her beloved "Chuck" - and, of course, those tasty treats he would hand deliver to the school. What a great love shared by two people. May those many happy stories you shared with myself, and others, be a source of comfort for you now. Until you meet again......"

This tribute was added by Cathy Koomans on 13th March 2012

"When you are sorrowful
look into your heart
and you shall see that
you are weeping
for that which has been
your delight

Thinking of you and your family Sharron"

This tribute was added by Kendall Clark on 13th March 2012

"What a wonderful tribute to a man that obviously brought such joy into your life for so many years Sharron......you two were truly blessed to have one another. It looks like you have so many memories to look back on, smile, laugh about....and remember him as only you knew him."

This tribute was added by Tracy Morton on 13th March 2012

"To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
~Thomas Campbell, "Hallowed Ground"

May the many years of happy memories bring you comfort."

This tribute was added by Sharron Ready on 12th March 2012

"Husband, father, provider, friend, confidante . . . my rock . . . irreplaceable."


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