He has taken his candle into another room which we cannot find - But we know that he was here because of the love and smiles he left behind
  • 87 years old
  • Born on March 28, 1923 in Gateshead, United Kingdom.
  • Passed away on July 28, 2010 in London, United Kingdom.

This website has been set up to remember Tom Gylanders - the best dad in the world, a completely devoted husband, a cherished grandad, a kind man with a heart of gold who would help a stranger as readily and quickly as he would help a friend or neighbour.

At 87 I guess he is not one of the 'Facebook Generation' - but he was writing computing manuals back in the 70s when a mainframe computer (with less memory than your mobile phone) needed its own room. My dad definitely made a significant contribution to the age of technology, and so it is completely appropriate for me to be here starting this website. It's 4.10am and I can't sleep - this is helping.

Posted by Julie Lee on 27th March 2018
Happy 95th Birthday Dad xxx Love you always and forever xxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th March 2017
Happy 94th birthday Dad ... what I wouldn't give to watch you blowing out all those candles ... still think of you everyday ... love and miss you so much xxxx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 27th July 2016
Apparently Dad today is the best day of the year to have a birthday.....so though not your birthday....I'd like to think you're having the best day while you watch over all of us. Stay close by...I know you do. Love you and miss you so much. Xxxxxxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th July 2016
Time has helped to ease the intense stomach wrenching pain of losing you Dad but I miss you every day. Happily I can still see and hear you as clear as day whenever I close my eyes. I love you always. xxx
Posted by Marion Williamson on 28th March 2016
Time moves on but it is lovely to have this opportunity to think of you and your warm, wonderful smile. xxxxxx
Posted by Robert Gylanders on 28th March 2016
Happy birthday dad, got no words cos you know em, just tears, happy ones.....
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th March 2016
Happy birthday dad - you would have been 93 today and still making the most of simple pleasures and loving life. Wish we were blowing out candles with you. Love you and miss you. Xxxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th July 2015
5 years since you left us and it still doesn't seem real - the old saying you don't know what you've got until it's gone, couldn't be more true. Love and miss you more than ever Dad xxxxx
Posted by Marion Williamson on 27th March 2015
Uncle Tom, you are no longer with us but your spirit lives on in a family you can be very proud of. Hope you and my Dad are keeping up with your singing. Love Marion xx
Posted by Robert Gylanders on 27th July 2014
Where has the time gone, it seems like only a week ago Julie rang me from the hospital to give me the news, a day I will never forget, the saddest day in my life. Loved & missed by so many..... xxxxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th July 2014
Four years on from losing you and missing you so much right now ... I was having a little cry in the garden the other day and a white feather floated down and landed nearby ... I like to believe it was you letting me know you are helping me through the challenge I face ... love you dad xxxxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th March 2014
Been looking through pics of you today Dad ... and remembering your face and the sound of your voice so clearly made it feel like you are still with us ... love you xxx
Posted by Robert Gylanders on 27th March 2014
Happy birthday Dad missing you still always will....xxxx
Posted by Robert Gylanders on 27th July 2013
XXX with tears in my eyes....
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th July 2013
3 years today since we lost you Dad and still doesn't seem real. It still feels as though there was some kind of mistake because you just loved life so much and we all still needed you here. I have to tell myself how lucky we were to have you as long as we did and I know you are watching over us still. Thank you Dad ... Love you Dad xxx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 15th June 2013
Another Fathers Day is here Dad so I'm sending you all my love today and thinking about you as I always do. I love you and miss you with all my heart xxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 14th June 2013
Happy Father's Day Dad ... wish I could have a hug today xxxxx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 27th March 2013
How much I wish I was getting ready to come over to 198 perhaps with a new jumper for you Dad and a big hug and kiss to wish you a happy 90th birthday. I'd give anything for that. Miss you so much - wish I hadn't put my make up on before writing this. Love you with all my heart - but always feels as though you are close by. All my love to you Dad Sue xxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th March 2013
Happy 90th Dad ... sitting here with mum talking about you and wishing you were here with us ... miss you more and more as time goes by xxxx
Posted by Nicole Jackson on 27th March 2013
Blimey Grandad, 90 years since you were born! Wow! Happy Birthday! Hope you're having a little singalong. Xxxx
Posted by Marion Williamson on 27th March 2013
Hi Uncle Tom, A birthday thought, hope you are still walking and singing The Street where you live' with my Dad Sending love and hugs xx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 24th December 2012
Think about you every day Dad and especially today. Know that you are looking down on us all. Love you with all my heart. xx
Posted by Julie Lee on 23rd December 2012
Hope you're enjoying Christmas with all your family Dad ... missing you from ours though ... xxxx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 6th August 2012
The 28th was a hard day in France - memories are very raw there. But finally able to get into the little village church and light a candle for you there - thinking of you posing for photos outside. I miss you so much, love you with all my heart. xxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th July 2012
Two years since you left us Dad and I still can't fully accept it. When I close my eyes I can see your face and hear your voice so clearly ... I'll be watching the youtube videos of you singing today and I know I'll be smiling with tears running down my face ... Hope you're at peace and feeling our love wherever you are xxxxx
Posted by Robert Gylanders on 16th June 2012
Happy Fathers Day, all you could ever want in a Dad, & it doesn't get easier with time xxxx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 16th June 2012
I think about you every day Dad - but especially today. I miss you so much. xxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 15th June 2012
2nd Fathers Day without you but it's not getting any easier Dad ... miss you so much yet still can't believe you've really gone ... thank you for being the Best Dad In The World xxxxx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 1st April 2012
I miss you so much Dad - your voice and laughter is so clear in my head. Everyday I see your big smile, the one when I walked into the room and stood beside you without you knowing I was there - I can't bear you're not here. I still can't believe I can't have a chat with you whenever I like or see that smile or hear your voice and hug you tight. I love you xx
Posted by Robert Gylanders on 27th March 2012
Happy Birthday Dad, miss you more than ever. Still King of the Road xxx
Posted by Marion Williamson on 27th March 2012
Happy Birthday Uncle Tom...Say hi to my Dad xxx
Posted by Linda Ashman on 27th March 2012
Happy Birthday Tom, hope you are having a good old sing song xx
Posted by Nicole Jackson on 27th March 2012
Happy Birthday Grandad.We all miss you so much... xxxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th March 2012
Happy Birthday Dad ... love and miss you more than ever ... still doesn't seem real ... wish I could give you a hug xxxxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 24th December 2011
Our 2nd Christmas without you Dad ... I miss you every day but especially on a day like today ... Love you more than ever xxx
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th July 2011
One year on and life has settled into a new routine ... everything is so different now without you ... I see men that remind me of you so often and sometimes as they walk towards me I can imagine it is you and my heart lifts for a few moments ... love and miss you so much Dad xxx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 27th July 2011
So hard to believe this day is here. Sadness so strong despite the year. My tears have started breaking free Oh Dad I wish you were here with me. I love you, miss you so much. God bless xxxx
Posted by Jake Lee on 14th July 2011
Missing you grandad. xx
Posted by Robert Gylanders on 18th June 2011
Happy Fathers Day , love & miss you so much xxxxxx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 18th June 2011
Fathers Day without you here is so very sad. Memories of how happy words in a card would make you - how you'd read them to Mum and say how lucky you were. I miss you so much Dad and love you so deeply. xxxx
Posted by Michelle Gylanders on 18th June 2011
Happy Fathers Day to one of the sweetest,kindest man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.XX
Posted by Julie Lee on 17th June 2011
Happy Father's Day Dad .. although it won't be, without you, this year ... I love and miss you more each day xxxxx
Posted by Lionel Kaye on 27th May 2011
To this day I often speak about my first job at 15 years old at FFWSP and of a lovely caring man called Tom who helped me immensely in training to be a compute operator. Always supportive , protective and guided me. You were a very kind man Tom .
Posted by Tony Engleman on 26th May 2011
Don't know what made me Google Tom tonight, but I did. Sad to hear he passed away. I worked for him when I was 19 and I am 63 now, so he must have had an impact on me. A lovely man, kind, caring and with wonderful values that he shared.
Posted by Julie Lee on 27th March 2011
You know Dad .. whenever you were irritating me .. going on about something I wasn't particularly interested in ..I'd think to myself "One day you'll give anything to hear him ... " .. and that day is most definitely here Dad ..Miss you so much xxx
Posted by Robert Gylanders on 27th March 2011
Happy Birthday Dad, love @ miss you big time xxxxx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 27th March 2011
Not a day goes by when I don't think about you Dad, whether it's a fleeting moment or a surge of many memories that overwhelm me. Today on your birthday I'd give anything to kiss you on the cheek and hug you tight. I love you so much xx
Posted by Sue Chapman on 26th December 2010
Lots of tears this Christmas and memories too of such special Christmasses made magical by you. I love you Dad with all my heart and miss you so much. God Bless.
Posted by Julie Lee on 24th December 2010
It's not such a Merry Christmas this year Dad ... but we are thinking of you and know you're with us ... love and miss you more each day xxxxx
Posted by Robert Gylanders on 23rd December 2010
We just received a Christmas card from Mum, Michelle opened it & started crying, I asked what was wrong, then she gave me the card, It just said with love from mum on it, it hit me again that dad was gone, it is still so hard to believe that he no longer with us, merry christmas dad

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