- 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
"Tom _ I will be thinking of you today, your quick wit and devilish nature. You always were the life of the party. I know you're keeping all of the angels in stitches! Miss you my friend, Cheryl."
"I could have the wackiest conversations with Tom or the most down to earth real ones. I always looked forward to my time with him. I think of him often."
"Time has passed Tom. But the memories that you and I had over the years are forever in my mind. Brought back when needed and nurtured always."
"Five years Tom and continuing to think of you with a smile on my face."
"Five years is a forever amount of time, Thos. I think of you often, each day, with fond memories and smiles. Forever, Thos."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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"
"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."
"Not a day without you, Thos. XO"
"Spent the day with family today. We felt your spirit and it was good."
"Hey Tom! Our memories are so wonderful of you. What a fun person you are! Missing you today. See you later!"
"The hands on the clock moved slowly today, Thos. XXX"
"Thinking of you today Tom. Miss you!"
"Love that man. Don't ever remember him without a moustache. Anyone have a picture?"
"Thinking of you today and everyday. Keep smiling down on us and keeping us in your warm smile."
"Each day, Thos. Each and every day."
"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-"
"Happy Birthday Mr.Ready! You touched so many lives, always a smile!"
"I love that man! He was such an amazing person. I have such good memories of him!"
"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!"
"Miss you today and everyday. We know that you are looking down and protecting all you loved."
"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"
"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."
"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? :)"
"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!"
"Have been in that conversation with the doctors so many times, Thos. Still feel the numbness. Missing you now and always."
"Like every day, Thos. Thinking of you. Always your Babs. XXX"
"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~~"
"Remembering my brother-in-law today and always! You live on Tommy.. so Happy Birthday!!! Miss you!"
"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!
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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."
"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 . . ."
"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!!!!!"
"Many, many dreams of you, of us. So real. Cannot begin to tell you how much I miss holding your hand. Forever, Tom."
"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!"
"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."
"Happy Birthday Tom!! I can almost hear you singing a song to Sharron and grinning that devilish grin of yours!"
"Missing my beloved son so much today as I know his family does also. Love you all"
"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!!!"
"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."
"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 :)"
"Another family gathering without you, Tom. You brought such warmth, smiles and laughter to our get-togethers. Memories of you . . ."
"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!
"Having a good day today and thinking of the many wonderful times we shared together. Miss you my friend."
"My heart aches for my sister and her family."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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,"
"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."
"Our sincerest sympathy to the family of Tom Ready. From Olive Coatsworth, Jane and Tracy Knister & Dave Irwin."
"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"
"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."
"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"
"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 !"
"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.""
"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!"
"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."
"Going for Christmas and "story time". Going to miss you Tom!!!!"
"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!"
"Thanks for the friendship, mentoring and laughs my friend."
"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"
"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"
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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.
"My thoughts are with you at this time. My deepest sympathy to you on your loss of Chuck.
"His legacy is your wonderful loving family. His strength lives on in all of you.
Thinking of you all often."
"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"
"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"
"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......"
"When you are sorrowful
look into your heart
and you shall see that
you are weeping
for that which has been
Thinking of you and your family Sharron"
"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."
"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."
"Husband, father, provider, friend, confidante . . . my rock . . . irreplaceable."
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