Loving husband of Christine Linnea Tooms
The Love of his Life, Forever and Always
June 11, 1955 – September 29, 2011
David Robert Tooms, loving husband of Christine Linnea Tooms (nee Smyth) passed away on Thursday, September 29th, at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice in Kamloops, B.C. after a short, but intense battle with cancer.
Rob was born in Wickersley, South Yorkshire, England and after spending a short time in Lagos, Nigeria moved with his family to Canada when he was 10 years old. The Tooms family lived in Montreal, Ocean Falls and Kitimat before settling in Terrace, where Rob graduated from Caledonia High School in 1973. Rob received his Bachelor of Science and his M.B.A. from U.B.C. and soon after, began his career with the Royal Bank of Canada. Rob worked for the R.B.C. in Vancouver and in London, Ontario before moving to Kamloops to serve as the Vice-President of Commercial Financial Services for the B.C. Interior.
Rob was predeceased by his father David Brian Tooms in 1989 and his mother in law Lorraine Smyth in 2011. Rob is also survived by his mother Claire Chesley (Don), his brothers Martin (Terry), Nick (Robin) and Roger (Cheryl), his brothers in law Clint (Aileen), Brett (Tilda), Kevin (Jen), Greg (Tracy), Drew (Mary), sister in law Karen (John), father in law Don Smyth , eleven nephews, ten nieces and two great nephews.
Rob loved to fish, golf, workout and travel. Most of all, he cherished his time with his wife, Chris. She was the Love of his Life and inspired him to greater things than he might otherwise have accomplished. They loved to travel and enjoyed nine cruises together, visiting exciting cities around the world and making many new friends at the same time.
Due to Chris’ 1992 successful battle with a brain tumour, Rob volunteered as a Director for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and the Kamloops Brain Injury Association. Please direct any donations you are considering to these organizations or to the BC Cancer Foundation, bccancerfoundation.com (ways to donate) (donate to a fundraising page) (search – Rob Tooms).
A Memorial Service and tea will be held at Summit Baptist Church, 1975 Summit Drive, Kamloops on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, BC telephone 250-374-1454.
Rob was much loved and will be greatly missed.