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December 16, 1933 ~ August 7, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Tom Bianchi of Coaldale, AB passed away on August 7, 2023 with family by his side at the age of 89 years. Tom was born December 16, 1933 in Coutts, AB to Nick and Hilda Bianchi. He was the oldest of 5 children.
In 1956, he married Dorothy Thompson of Whitlash, Montana. They have three children, Eric, Calvin and Rhonda.
Tom was a farmer, rancher, partsman, salesman and a jack of all trades. Tom and Eric owned and operated a horizontal water well drilling operation. Tom and Dorothy farmed in Aden from 1965 to 1989. They semi-retired and moved to Coaldale, AB. Tom was a crop insurance adjuster for 11 years and they owned a truck and courier business.
Tom and Dorothy travelled and enjoyed trips to the Bahamas, Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico as well as 32 states in the USA.
In 2000, Dorothy passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Tom re-married in 2001 to Yvonne Garnett until she passed away in March 2023. Tom and Yvonne also enjoyed their time travelling and keeping up with events from both families.
Tom enjoyed being a member of the Milk River Hospital Board, Grain Gun Club, Grain Community Hall & Ag Society, Chinook Gas Co-Op in Milk River and Southern Alberta Classic Car Club. Tom was a board member of the Presbyterian Church in Whitlash, Montana as well as a board member of the Coaldale United Church.
Tom’s hobbies included travelling, oil painting, horseshoes, bowling, rebuilding antique cars and golf.
Tom was predeceased by the love of his life, his first wife, Dorothy of 44 years and his second wife Yvonne of 21 years. His parents Nick and Hilda Bianchi, sister Rose Barrows and brother Sam Bianchi.
Tom is survived by his son’s Eric (Cathy), Calvin (Anna), and daughter Rhonda (Hal) Berringer, 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grand children. Brother Cecil (Shirley), sister Gladys (Stan) Bunyak, many nieces and nephews and by Yvonne’s 4 children, Sharon, Janice, Marlene and John and their families.
A celebration of life will be held at the Coaldale United Church (2022 - 18th Street, Coaldale) at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 15, 2023 with Pastor Keith Dangerfield officiating. A private family interment will follow at the Coaldale Community Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Thomas with a donation, may do so to the Alzheimer Society Alberta and Northwest Territories ( #101, 1201 Kingsway Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2Y2).