24351 Mr. OliverOLIVER, Thomas George…

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas G. Oliver on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Village of Glendale Crossing, London in his 98th year.  Beloved husband of Shirley Ann (Williams) and the late Esther Hudson, Catherine Dunlop and Jean Lawrence.  Dear father of Clifford (Mary), daughter-in-law MaryAnne, Sister-in-law Daisey, and survived by five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.   Predeceased by parents Robert and Nellie, brother Jack and son James.  He will be sadly missed by his stepson Harry (Gayle) Dunlop and his adopted families in Sarnia.  He will be greatly missed by his nephew and nieces and their families out West.  Tom was born in Bexley Heath, England and came to Canada in 1922.  He attended Tecumseh and Trafalgar Public Schools and H. B. Beal Technical High School.  His first job was with Supersilk Hosiery.  In 1941 he joined the London Police Force and in 1946 passed with high marks in forensic science at the Institute of Applied Science in Chicago.  In 1943 he assisted in the formation of London Police Boy’s Band.  Tom was your friendly and most popular policeman directing traffic at the corner of Dundas and Richmond streets during the war years.  In 1947 he joined C. E. Marley Outdoor Advertising and was with them for 33 years until his retirement.  Tom was a member of the Kinsman Club and President of the K40 Club.  Tom is a life member of St. John’s Lodge No. 209a A.F. & A. M., York Rite and Scottish Rite and served as Worshipful Master in 1956.  In 1964 he was Grand Director of Ceremonies of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.  He is a life member of the London Mocha Shrine Temple.  Tom was an avid golfer and curler at the Highland Golf and Country Club, where he served on the Board of Directors in the 1960’s.  He played hockey for the Supersilk Industrial League and the London Police Department.  He played soccer for Trafalgar School, H. B. Beal School and the London German Canadian Club.  His music career started with the Trafalgar Drum and Bugle Corps and later he was in the H. B. Beal Technical High School Orchestra and the Mocha Temple Oriental Band (he was that tall guy leading the parades playing the drums) at that time.  Tom enjoyed playing tennis, card games, fishing trips and travelling.  He is a life time member of Trinity Anglican Church in Lambeth.  At Tom’s request there will be no visitation or memorial service.  Cremation has taken place.  A private graveside service at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens will be held at a later date.  Those wishing to make donations in Tom’s memory are asked to consider Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, c/o Mocha Shrine Centre, 468 Colborne Street, London, Ontario N6B 2T3 or charity of your choice.  A. Millard George Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements (519-433-5184).  On-line condolences memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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