In Memory of Thomas Allen Tweddle
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Thomas Allen Tweddle (Al) after a spirited battle with gall bladder cancer. He passed away at home on Monday, May 1st surrounded by family.
Raised in Toronto, Al moved to Ottawa in 1961 with his wife Helen, where they dedicated their lives to raising their five kids and building the community around them. It’s impossible to list all of Al’s contributions to the community because ‘Big Al’ was a fixture in the community; much like the local parks, nature trails, hockey rinks and tennis courts he helped build. He was a tireless advocate for Petrie Island, a beautiful oasis he helped develop in the east end. He was relentless, and even in his final days, Al was at home writing reports and getting Petrie ready for the season ahead.
He studied chemical engineering and worked as a chemist at National Research Council where he received a number of patents over his 35-year career. He lived a full life enjoying travel, history, music, sports, and environmental conservation. He was active, playing baseball, tennis and hockey, finally hanging up his skates at the ripe old age of 83. He was determined, curious, and at times, stubborn. He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Doris and his wife Helen. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Barb (Peter), brother-in-law Bob (Lynne); children Steve, Sue (Bob), Debbie (Kirk), Mark (Peter) and Terrie (Jason); grandchildren Matthew, Courtney, and Christopher; great granddaughter Aurora; along with niece Patti and nephews Andrew and Paul.
Al was a community trailblazer and a civic leader from a bygone era. While he is gone, his legacy will not be forgotten. We will celebrate Al on Sunday, May 7 at the Heritage Funeral Complex at 1250 Trim Road. Visitation is from 1 pm – 2 pm, with a service at 2 pm and a reception to follow. Donations can be made to the Canadian Juvenile Diabetes Association or Friends of Petrie Island. Please share your condolences at www.heritagefh.ca.