Thom, Ken CStJ

On September 24, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. Loving husband of  Karen. Cherished father of Christopher and his wife Bonnie,  Stephanie and her husband Nicolas and Curtis. Beloved grandpa of Riley, Alexis and Maleia (who were the center of Ken’s universe) and one yet to be born to Stephanie in January. Dear brother of Larry, Pearl, Phil and Jo.

Many of you will also be aware of Ken’s love of sport and especially his commitment to coaching Paralympic athletes where he coached Bermuda in the London Paralympics in 2012. Who will ever forget the sight of Ken in his pink Bermuda shorts at the opening ceremony?

Ken was a member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and coached his son Curtis, who is a Canadian National wheelchair athlete at the 2016 games in Rio. Ken also had a great love of football, which he coached in Streetsville-Meadowvale for many years.

Visitation will be held on Sunday October 15, 2017  from 1-3 pm at St. John’s Dixie Cemetery & Crematorium, 737 Dundas St. E., Mississauga, Ontario.  A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at St. John’s Dixie on Monday October 16, 2017 at 2pm, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association 100 Sunrise AVe. Unit 101, Toronto, ON  M4A 1B3   or the Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled 9-6975 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle, Suite 158, Mississauga, ON L5N 2V7. Click here to donate to Cruisers Sports

19 replies
  1. Brenda Tait
    Brenda Tait says:

    I met Ken and his family many years ago through St. John Ambulance in Vancouver. I’ll always remember his big heart and his big smile. My deepest sympathies to Karen, Chris, Stephanie, Curtis and their families.

  2. Jessica Matassa
    Jessica Matassa says:


    Thanks so much for your help when I first started. I will never forget your assistance while I developed as an athlete and the contributions you made to this sport.

    Your legacy will live on!

  3. Cameron Robertson
    Cameron Robertson says:

    My deepest condolences to the Thom Family, and all who knew Ken.
    Although our paths crossed only a few times, I held Ken in the highest of regards.
    His efforts to forward the cause of disabled sports enabled athletes such as myself to not just sit on the sidelines, but to make our sporting related wishes come true.
    He will be greatly missed.
    Rest In Peace.

  4. Herb and Carole Morell
    Herb and Carole Morell says:

    We met Ken in Moncton during the Canadian Nationals when we were there to watch Jessica and Ken’s other athletes. We were impressed with his deep dedication to them and how they loved and respected him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they mourn his loss.

  5. Benjie and family
    Benjie and family says:

    Our sincere sympathy to Karen and family for the sudden loss of their loved one, Ken. Our prayers are with you at this time and we are hoping you find comfort in the days and weeks to come. Ken will be missed by a loved community he left behind. His Cruiser family will miss him dearly. RIP neighbor.

  6. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    Ken was a man with a huge heart. his passion for Football and the kids he taught was displayed everyday on and off the field. He had a smile that made everyone smile. My boys Stephen and Andrew were previleged to have Ken as their coach.
    He will be greatly missed.
    Sheila Silva and the Wise boys Stephen and Andrew

  7. Debbie Low
    Debbie Low says:

    I will always remember Ken for his passion and commitment to para sport and to his family. His smile and laugh were infectious and he made your day better just by being around him. He will be deeply missed.

  8. Giselle Dias
    Giselle Dias says:

    What a beautiful person!. He will be greatly missed as will his million dollar smile. Condolences to his wife Karen and their family.

  9. Susan and Dave Morell
    Susan and Dave Morell says:

    We only met Ken when we were able to see Jessica race but it was obvious he was a man with tremendous heart and a talented coach. Our thoughts and prayers are with his own family and his athletic family.

  10. Chris Hobbis
    Chris Hobbis says:

    I don’t have any words that express the pain in my heart missing you but the smiles I have remembering you. Thanks for letting me be part of your life
    Love Chris Hobbis
    Sending all my love and sympathy Karen, Chris, Bonnie, Rylie, Lexie, Stephie and ?, Nic, Maleia, and Curtis
    Always Chris Hobbis

  11. Bernadette
    Bernadette says:

    My prayers and condolences goes out to Ken’s family for their loss. Ken was an amazing person and I was privileged to have him as my sons football coach. He always brightened the day and will be truly missed by many

    Bernadette & family

    • Chris Hobbis
      Chris Hobbis says:

      I can’t express how much my heart hurts with missing you but how wide my smile is remembering you. Thank you for letting me be part of your Life.
      Sending love and sympathy to Karen, Chris, Bonnie, Rylie, Lexie, Stephie (plus 1), Nic, Maleia and Curtis.
      Always Chris Hobbis


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