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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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