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Tom's Obituary: Chatham Daily News, submitted March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

Thomas (Tom) Reginald Ready, age 60, passed away on March 10, 2012, at University Hospital, London, Ontario.

Tom was a dedicated and doting husband, father, and grandfather, and is survived by his wife, Sharron (Dawson), his son, Allan Ready (Charlene); his daughter, Renee Czichrak (Greg); his grandson, Joshua Bowen-Ready; and his granddaughters, Gabrielle and Charlotte Czichrak.  He guided his family through love and example and will be forever respected and loved by his adoring family for his selflessness and devotion.  Many, many memories of Chuck, Dad, and Papa warm their hearts at this time of sorrow.

Tom is also sadly missed by his extended family.  His loving mother, Pearl Ready; brothers James Ready (Deb), and Tim Ready; father-in-law, Gerald Dawson, sisters-in-law Suzann Ritchie (David); Katherine Hawley (Paul), several nieces, nephews and cousins-in-law remember him fondly as a generous and caring individual who liked nothing more than to host family at his home: especially for Christmas gatherings. 

Tom’s father, Timothy Ready predeceased, and there is comfort in knowing that Tom is now with his dad with whom he had a very special bond.  

Tom loved home life, hobbies and traditions.  He had a passion for woodworking, boating and fishing, zymurgy, reading about life’s mysteries, gardening, cooking for family and friends, and grocery shopping.  He looked forward to having his grandchildren stay at Momma and Papa’s house on weekends, taking his family on a yearly cottage vacation, and attending the DFA fishing tournament with his friends of fifty years: John, Otto and Rick.  Tom reminisced frequently, as well, about his trip to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii with his dear friends, Joe and Cheryl, as a chaperone for students of Ursuline College, The Pines, where he taught prior to his retirement.

Tom is cherished and admired by family and friends for his strength and optimism. Those near him witnessed his unfaltering determination to overcome debilitating physical crises and conditions that compromised his life over the past 17 years.  In the face of these trials, he found strength and resilience through his quick wit, dry sense of humour, the support of those who were dear to him, and his strong faith in God.   

We say farewell to a very dear man and are reminded:


When you are sorrowful look again in your heart

and you shall see that in truth,

you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

–      Kahil Gibran


Cremation has taken place and there will be no internment at this time.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Tom was a recent recipient of a long-awaited liver transplant but was not able to make his Gift of Life through donation of his organs at the time of his passing.  His family, asks, therefore, that you consider on-line registration as an organ donor at:


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