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Tuesday March 30, 2021
1:00 PM
A private funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend.
In memory of
Thomas Dovichak
April 21, 1958 - March 25, 2021 - Age 62

Thomas Daniel Dovichak of Medicine Hat passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the age of 62 years.  He will be deeply missed by his wife Tatiana. He also leaves to cherish his memory his children, Jessica (Adam) Ziegler and Adam (Sharrese) Dovichak; two grandchildren, Harlow and Lincoln; three brothers, Albert (Joanne) Dovichak, John (Rita) Dovichak and Michael (Janet) Dovichak; three sisters, MaryAnn Graziano, Ellen (Alex) Zagorsky and Teresa Fillingham; one sister-in-law, Debbie Dovichak and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Victoria Dovichak; two brothers, Joe and George and mother-in-law, Maria Garaziova and all his Slovak relatives.

Thomas Daniel Dovichak was born to Andrew and Victoria Dovichak on April 21, 1958 in Brooks, Alberta. He was the youngest of the nine children born to the Czechoslovakian couple of Tilley. Farm chores were a daily part of farm life and Tommy’s duties started at a very early age. He had run-ins with everything from cows to geese and his responsibility was the chickens. Being young and quick, another of Tommy’s responsibilities was to clamber up on the roof to wiggle the TV antennas and switch channels for his siblings in the house. Tommy was an avid card player, you would often find him playing 500 rummy, poker and black jack with his brothers and neighbours from the farm.

Tommy loved the idea of adventure and he was a big dreamer. He was also a hard worker. Armed with that combination, he graduated School in Tilley and went to work on the rigs with intentions of putting himself through higher education with SAIT as his choice. Tom earned the nickname “High Voltage” with his energetic personality and by earning his Journeyman Electrical Certification. He wore that name with pride and a sense of humour; teasing those around him by pretending to get electrocuted while at work on wiring. He built a reputation for himself with meticulous workmanship while employed for Bouchard Electric and Syntech Electric in Brooks, later moving to Pronghorn Controls in Medicine Hat.

Uncle Tommy, as he was known to his numerous nieces and nephews, was more like an older cousin due to their closeness in age. He cared so much for each of them and for their successes in each of their lives. He could often be found volunteering his time to help with jobs and duties at the farms of his brothers and sisters. This was a time when he built engaged and impactful relationships with his family.

Tom was proud of being able to use his skills for his family, but he was even more proud that his wife came from the same land as his ancestors. Tom and Tanya were wed on June 18, 1988 in Trnava, Czechoslovakia and they settled in Brooks, Alberta where Jessica Marie and Adam Andrew made Tom a proud dad.

Tom was invested in providing for his family. He provided stability, and later in life, Tom was fortunate to be able to travel, finding a happy balance between his work and life.

Sharing his passion for hockey and the Calgary Flames with his son was important for Tom. He coached Adam’s teams and committed countless hours to spending time at the rink, even in the summer months, to support his son’s hockey dreams.

You would also find him beaming in the audience at his daughter’s musical performances. Whether she was age 3 or age 30 he was there; always searching for the best seat in the house.

Tom’s investments didn’t stop with his family. He also invested into the next generation of electricians. There were so many of his colleagues and young apprentices whom he impacted. He was generous with his time and truly cared about the work they did together. Upon hearing of Dad’s passing, one young coworker reached out to let us know that he thought of Tom as his Work Dad.

Most recently, Tom was gifted the title of Dedo when Harlow and Lincoln came into his world. When Tom‘s first grandchild was born, there was a new sparkle in his eye that hadn’t been there before. Harlow and Lincoln brought him a sense of peace, he was present in every moment he had with them and always had to be near. Tom’s face lit up whenever he would hear Harlow say Dedooooo. Dr. Harlow loved taking Dedo’s temperature and checking his heart, she was one of his most important caregivers until the very end. Tom loved his grandkids so much, he was one proud Dedo.

Odišla bolesť a trápenie. Odpočívaj v pokoji, Tomáš a dávaj na všetkých zhora pozor.
Nikdy na Teba nezabudneme!

 Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. You are invited to remotely attend the funeral service by searching for the Pattison Funeral Home youtube page where the video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time. Those who wish to remember Thomas with a donation, may do so to the Brooks Health Foundation or Canadian Mental Health. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Thomas Dovichak , or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and leave a message of condolence.

You  may watch the funeral service by following this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFnTFiOUBnM

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Message from Neil Nicoll March 26, 2021
My condolences to all of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have a lot of good memories of Tommy from over the years.
Neil Nicoll
Message from Jennifer Mark March 27, 2021
My condolences to Tatiana and family . My thoughts and prayers are with you .
Jennifer Mark
Message from Laureen Schuett March 27, 2021
My condolences to Tanya and the family. Tom was such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.
Laureen Schuett
Message from Tanis Forden March 27, 2021
My sympathy to all of the Dovichak families. May memories of happier times help you through your sorrow.
Tanis Forden
Message from Mike March 28, 2021
To Tom's Family,
I worked with Tom for several years. He was such a hard worker and his workmanship was top-notch. He was also a good friend. I prayed for you: Isaiah 41:10, 13
Mike
Message from John Calpas March 28, 2021
Most sincere Condolences on the passing our your (our) beloved Tommy. From the depth of our hearts and many in your native Slovakia , we ask for the Lord's Blessings and care for you and offer our humble prayers for a life and love so well lived and exemplified. Tommy will be dearly missed by all Dovichaks in family and your network of friends. I include all my family of sons and Greg's Calgary family. We offer our prayers and love for you and thank you and family as cherished family. You are a beautiful lady, adding to the mosaic of our families. I know of love and grief, about losing one's spouse.
God's Love and care for you and your and families, especially now and in years ahead.

My Sincere Sympathy, Love and Prayers. Uncle John "
John Calpas
Message from Eva Horváthová March 28, 2021
Our condolences to all of the Dovichak families. We have lost a good person.
Eva a Jano Horváth, Slovensko
Eva Horváthová
Message from Glen, Wanda, Brock and Blair Leavins March 28, 2021
We are so very shocked and saddened to hear of Tom's passing. He was always a friendly face in the crowd! Heartfelt condolences to Tanya, Jessica, Adam and families.
Glen, Wanda, Brock and Blair Leavins
Message from Joe and Theresa hutter March 28, 2021
Our sincere sympathy goes out to Tatiana and family . Tom was a good friend when our boys Adam and Joey were young boys playing hockey fifteen to twenty years ago. Lots of good memories we drove down the road a lot together. I’m sorry I didn’t get in touch with him before his passing. I knew him to be a good friend and hard working family man. Rest In Peace Tommy . Joe and Theresa hutter
Joe and Theresa hutter
Message from Adriana, Igor, Martina, Barbora Filo. March 29, 2021
Rest in peace dear Tom.We believe that one day we will meet “ somewhere” and complete our conversations. Your friends from Slovakia will remember for you with love.
Adriana, Igor, Martina, Barbora Filo.
Message from Jim Calpas March 29, 2021
Whenever I think of Tommy my first thoughts of him have always been his quick, beaming smile that lit up his face and lifted the spirits of those around him. When he laughed you couldn't help but laugh with him. He will be sorely missed.

Heartfelt condolences to Tatiana and Tommy's entire family from Janet and I, my mother Joan and my brothers Dean and Kevin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim Calpas
Message from Bromley Mechanical Services March 29, 2021
Please accept our deepest sympathy to you on your family.
Tom was a hard worker, always pleasant and extremely professional when working with us.

Rest in peace our thoughts and prayers are with you
Bromley Mechanical Services
Message from Loren Calpas, and cousins Greg, Ron, Ken & Bryan March 29, 2021
Our condolences go out to Tanya, Adam, Jessica and all of his Brothers and Sisters and their families of the sudden passing of cousin Tommy.
Many fond memories are held in our hearts and souls of Tommy.
Why did not any of his elder siblings not tell him that Aunt Janet's treasured old 1960's Mercury Meteor was NOT meant to navigate " Sandy Beach " at Lake Newell .
Tommy always liked to have a good time.
One summer evening while he was still living in the basement of the old farmhouse with his Mom, Tommy loaded up some of his younger Tilley cousins into his prized ride and took off to the party spot at the Lake.
He arrived in style but soon got stuck bringing the car a little too close to the shore. Tom spent most of the night digging it out ( mostly by himself ) and then at twilight with the engine roaring he managed to drive it out successfully only to get it stuck once again only another 100 yards down the beach.
I guess you kinda had to be there but I am sure that this was, and is, " classic " Tommy.
To this day I always referred to cousin Tommy as - " Wildman ".
Thanks for all the memories Tommy.
Rest in Peace.
Loren Calpas, and cousins Greg, Ron, Ken & Bryan
Message from Ryan Ford March 29, 2021
My deepest condolences to Tom's family. I am truly shocked and saddened that Tom is gone, he was truly a great friend and co-worker and I will miss he dearly. Tom's attention to details were unmatched as was his leadership and work ethic. I met Tom 11 years ago when I first started at Pronghorn, he was always there to help out and get things done never complaining but always doing the best he could for the team. Tom's family meant the world to him, he never missed an opportunity to talk about his kids and grand kids he was very proud of them. Its going to take a lot of time to mourn his loss, but I will always remember him as great friend and person who was always there for me to talk through the good and the bad times. Rest in peace Tommy
Ryan Ford
Message from Pronghorn Controls March 29, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Tanya and the Dovichak family. Tom was a dedicated employee, a hard worker, and an inspiring leader to the apprentices he mentored. He was a special person and he will be missed by his numerous friends and colleagues at Pronghorn Controls. The Medicine Hat branch will not be the same without Tom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pronghorn Controls
Message from Lorne, Mayumi and Kyle Bunney March 29, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Tanya, Jessica, Ziggy, Adam and Sharrese on Tom's passing. I will never forget his sense of humour and infectious laugh. We have all lost a wonderful person, way too early. Rest in peace Tommy
Lorne, Mayumi and Kyle Bunney
Message from harold gerbrandt March 30, 2021
Condolences to all of the family,Tom was a great guy to work with.another great person goon to soon, Rest in peace Tom.
harold gerbrandt
Message from Greg Calpas and Family (Calgary) March 30, 2021
Our sincere condolences go out to all of the Dovichak family in this time of sadness. We know there are many fun and fond, loving memories of Tom and the full life he had with all those close to him. Tom and his family will be in our prayers.
Greg Calpas and Family (Calgary)
Message from rhonda mcgruther March 30, 2021
my sincerest condolences to all of Tom's family. I have worked with Tom for many years at Pronghorn Controls. The best part of going to help out at the Mhat shop was seeing Tom , getting to see his latest baby videos, pictures of his renos , and tales of his precious family.
I'm going to miss him as so many of his co-workers will ,
rhonda mcgruther
Message from Natalie and Glen Heidinger March 31, 2021
We were so saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you all.
Natalie and Glen Heidinger
Message from mario March 31, 2021
Our family will miss you Thomas , you are one of my best uncles . Thomas all had everything perfect in his yard .He was the youngest in his family but he stood tall and proud of his accomplishments and his family . he will be missed beyond our hearts . Our family grew apart but our love for you and your family was always here always will be . Rest in peace Thomas you deserve it . I love you Thomas Daniel Dovichak . Mario Graziano and family
mario
Message from Sharon Snell April 02, 2021
I was saddened to hear of your loss Tanya, Jessica, Adam and families. While I didn't know Thomas I thought highly of your family. Tanya was a wonderful and efficient volunteer in my classroom and I enjoyed Jessica and Adam so much.I am so sorry for your loss.
Sharon Snell