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November 28, 1930 ~ May 18, 2014
Tom Chisholm of Vancouver, WA, died peacefully on May 18th, 2014 with his son, Jim, by his side, after a 3-1/2 year heroic battle with lung cancer.
Tom was born in Pasadena, CA in 1930 and enjoyed all that southern California had to offer in the 30's and 40's. These years were some of his most memorable.
As a youth, Tom had various jobs, eventually joining his fathers office selling insurance.
Tom married his high school sweetheart, Jean Cox, in 1948 and they began their life adventures by heading North.
Tom worked as a firefighter in Arcadia, CA before accepting an Asst. Fire Chief position in Lake Tahoe. With a desire to move to the Pacific Northwest, he took a job at the lumber mills but eventually made his career as a furniture mover. While at Bower Trucking, he made many lifetime friends.
Tom spent 43 years enjoying his home in the Father Blanchett neighborhood.
Toms first wife, Jean, passed away in 1986. He eventually met and married Shirley Sando and they had fun working as a furniture moving team until his retirement.
Tom and Shirley enjoyed many retirement years fishing, boating, and camping, with their beloved dog Max.
Shirley lost her battle with cancer in 2007.
Tom kept busy by volunteering as a van driver at the Lupke Center and was praised for his good work and jovial nature.
Many people counted Tom as a true friend,
always a good listener. He was a wonderful
family man and compassionate person
who never lost his great attitude about life.
Tom leaves behind three children, Linda (Pete-deceased) Peterson (Keaau, HI), Karen (Greg) Johnson (Terrebonne, OR) and Jim (Jennifer) Chisholm (Vancouver, WA) and their families, who will miss him greatly.
Toms family has honored his wishes by donating his remains for medical research, and will have a private remembrance with close family.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on June 1, 2014