Thomas "Tom" Zasadny

August 12, 1937 - February 04, 2023


Obituary For Thomas "Tom" Zasadny

Tom Zasadny passed away peacefully at the Grande Prairie Care Center, in Grande Prairie, AB, on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the age of 85 years.

Tom was born on August 12, 1937, in Lethbridge, AB. He moved to Grande Prairie in 1966 with Alberta Government Telephones, now Telus, where he was employed for 35 years. After retirement, Tom worked for a short time with Custom Communications. He then operated Crystal Ridge Shell for 11 years. Tom was always active in the community. He served on the Grande Prairie Public School Board for 13 years, coached minor hockey, and played hockey with the Grande Prairie Athletics. Tom was also a member of the Grande Prairie Elks Club, Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club, as well as the Grande Prairie Rotary Club where he was honored to receive a prestigious Paul Harris award.

Tom played Old Timers hockey, which took him to various places in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Tom also kept busy by building two homes for his family. Tom was always a “wanna-be farmer” and was always quick to offer his armchair farming views to his brother-in-law Richard, friend Roy and his many daily coffee buddies, commonly referred to as “the Hayseeds”. We will miss Tom for his quirky humour, his kindness, generosity, and love for his family and friends.

Tom is survived by his wife Joyce of 58 years; his son Dean, and daughter Laureen; sister Evelyn Wince and brother John, both of Calgary; brother-in-law Richard (Eileen) Bianchi, and Rodney Lodermeier; sister-in-law Norma Zasadny; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Tom was predeceased by his parents, Iko and Mary; three brothers; Joe, Alex, and Fred; brother-in-law Frank Wince; sisters-in-law Murial Zasadny, Lorraine Lodermeier, and Leyda Zasadny; and mother and father-in-law Victor and Ena Bianchi.

Tom’s family would like to thank the Grande Prairie Care Centre staff for their devoted care and attention to Tom. In addition, they would like to offer special thanks to Stacey and Mel who provided companion care which always brought a smile to his face. In addition, we give thanks for the weekly visits from his friend Gerry Dobko who consistently delivered hockey magazines and Tommy vitamins (chocolate bars). A huge shout-out to the wonderful care provided to him by Dr. VanTonder.

A Celebration of Tom’s Life will held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 2:00 pm, at Clarkson Hall in Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie, AB. There will be an open mic at the service. Webcasting details will be added closer to the service date.

Memorial donations may be made to Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue Association (12220 104 Ave., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 8A8, or to Alzheimer Society of Alberta and NWT (102, 9823 116 Ave., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 4B4,

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  • 03/01/2023

    My uncle Tom was a great man in my life, he was not one to say much but always made me laugh when he did. Growing living in close proximity with each other we interacted often and I will always remember the family meals when Tom and my father Fred would be able to get the jokes flowing with regards to the kids and the cooking. My uncle Tom and my father had a special bond that I like to think transfered down to me as it seemed I could do no wrong, I worked for my uncle for a few years when I was a young man and he would see me some mornings in not the best of shape and just smirk at me and giggle in his own way thatI will never forget. He was a very good and generous man and I was lucky to have him in my life.

  • 02/21/2023

    Dear Joyce and family, our condolences to you at this sad time. May you be comforted in knowing that he is now in a better place. Paul and Myrna Lemay

  • 02/18/2023

    Joyce and family, I went to school with Dean and remember you both vividly, having grown up in GP. My father is Harry Quinn and I am caring for him (in a home) where he too is battling this cruel illness. My condolences go out to your family. 🙏❤️

  • 02/16/2023

    Tom will be greatly missed. I got my first vehicle from him. My father and him have been best friends since way back in the early 70's. Say hello to my dad Tom. My deepest sympathy to Joyce and family. With love Frank Piepers

  • 02/16/2023

    Tom was a good long time friend of my dads since the early 70's. 1971? Tom worked with dad and I back in 1995 to build our houses. I've always thought that was one of my finest hours in my life. Tom is where my dad is now. Our final mystery where we would like to be together with loved ones lost to us during our present lives. Tom now has a head start on all of us who loved him. So with that, I will say to you Tom, just as I've said to my dad.....please don't leave us behind, for our final days are still left unsigned. With our human condition, and how we're designed, it allows us our choices, and how we're defined. For our thinking and thoughts, to which we're resigned, keeping ours good for you, gives us peace of mind. Our memories of you, we keep wonderful, and kind, keeping you in our souls, so you'll be easier to find. God Speed Tom, Henry J Piepers

  • 02/14/2023

    It was great to make a trip to Grande Prairie last September to visit the Zasadny and Van Schaick families. We were glad to have had the opportunity to visit Tom at the care facility to update what is happening in respective families and reminisce about the good old days. I will never forget a salmon fishing trip with my dad Alex, his kid brothers Fred and Tom to Campbell River, lots of fun. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with Joyce, Dean and Laureen. Frank and Sandra Zasadny Lethbridge

  • 02/13/2023

    We remember Tom and Joyce from Lethbridge and Grande Prairie. He was a Big Help to the Golf Course.Never played much but was always there Raking Sand Traps during tournaments. One Hell of a good Hockey player,who had a bit of a mean streak,once he pulled his sweater over his head. A really fine man Harold and Bernie Norlin

  • 02/12/2023

    My sincere condolences to Toms family. Thinking of you Joyce. I appreciated our chats very much. Take care. Heather Stretch

  • 02/10/2023

    My condolences to the family. I worked for Tom and Joyce and Tom was the best boss one could have. He was very kindhearted and a very generous person. He will be greatly missed. Lorrie Ostrom

  • 02/10/2023

    Toms passing brings back many memories of the 60s and 70s. He was a great person and I am glad of the times John and I shared with you. Dean and Brad shared great times growing up. RIP Tom🙏