Thomas Fyke

Obituary of Thomas Bernard Fyke

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas Bernard Fyke on January 2nd 2021, at the age of 87. He is predeceased by his loving wife Eva (nee Schuchard) survived by his beloved children, Derene Venturini (Rolando), Dawn Fyke- Roberts (Frankie Roberts) and Dan Fyke ( Barbara), cherished grandchildren, Cassandra Harriettha, Derene Harriettha, Kyla Venturini, Nechelle Venturini, Michel Couture, Nicole Fyke, Kendal Fyke and his little two footer great grandchild River as well as his extended family Dylan and Nicolas. Also survived by his brother Harold Fyke. Predeceased by his siblings Joyce Jagiello, Jack Fyke, Derene Bryan and Harry Fyke and his mother and father Violet and John Fyke. Also predeceased by sister-in laws and brother-in laws on both sides of the family. He leaves behind many loving in-laws, nieces and nephews, extended family members and very dear friends. Born in Midland ON and raised in Port Colborne, Tom started his career at a young age working on cargo ships. After meeting Eva, he quickly realized that he wanted to marry and start a family. Tom started working at the Gas Company and then went on to welding for GM. Tom also had an entrepreneur side to him. He purchased land on Rebstock Rd. and built a house, severed off lots and sold to the neighboring home owners and a contractor for a sub division. He was the original owner of Fykes Rent- A –Tent where he built a part time summer business from just a few tents to being able to provide all outdoor party supplies. He later ran it with his son and furthered purchasing industrial sewing machines where he could fix and maintain the tents himself. He was a retired volunteer firefighter for Station 6 Crystal Beach, a member of the Ridgeway Legion and a long-time member of the Bertie Boat club. He had a great love for his boats, water and the sun. He couldn’t get enough of the wildlife that casually visited him every day at his house. He enjoyed singing and playing the harmonica, his dog Nipper, welding projects, making crafts, building props, inventing, fixing, making hundreds of cabbage rolls, making sauerkraut, planting, growing grapes and especially proud of making his own wine. At any time you could ask for a piece or a part and he would disappear into the garage and magically it would appear. He was very proud of his eye for collecting antiques and Crystal Beach memorabilia. Tom or TF was well known for his famous parties such as Halloween parties, Roaring 20’s, Ho- downs, hockey parties, birthdays, pool parties, family reunions, a wedding, battle of the businesses, tub races in Crystal Beach, New Years and just a regular Saturday night. With a ring of a bell he would have us down in his rec room pumping the player piano so all their friends could sing. He will be missed for his gift of listening, discussing how to solve the problems of the world, his craft making and the gathering with his children and grandchildren, just having fun. He will especially miss his friends that regularly met at “The Bullshit Table” in the Legion or down at the Boat Club watching a Bills game on a Sunday afternoon. A very special thank you to an incredible doctor, Dr. Scher, for his continual care and support through such a difficult time and the amazing staff at Douglas Memorial Hospital for their proficiency, kindness and compassion during his stay. Also a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and support workers from the LHIN service. Everyone helped us immensely and your thoughtfulness will always be treasured by the Fyke Family. Williams Funeral Services are entrusted with arrangements. A private graveside service will be held at Ridgeway Memorial where he will be laid to rest next to his wife, Eva. In lieu of donations or flowers, we ask you to please pass on an act of kindness.
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