Obituary of Thomas Brown Chipman
THOMAS BROWN CHIPMAN
Thomas was the beloved husband of the late Bobbie Chipman. Brother of the late Heather Shanahan and the late Jack Chipman. Son of the late John and Helen (Brown) Chipman. Uncle and godfather to several.
Died peacefully on December 20, 2022 at Toronto General Hospital, at the age of 94.
Educated at Forest Hill Public School, UCC Prep and St. Andrews College, where in his final year he was Head Prefect, Pipe Major, and a triple sport team captain. Past chairman of the SAC Foundation and past vice-chairman of the SAC Board of Governors. Graduate of MTC 12 at the University of Western Ontario.
His entire business career was spent in the Office Products and Stationary industry. 24 years with Brown Brothers, later as Managing Director and President. 17 years with Grand and Toy as an executive in various capacities. The first and only Canadian President of WSA (Wholesale Stationers Assoc. of the USA).
Served with the 48th Highlanders of Canada militia 1949-51 and subsequently with the 1st Canadian Highland Battalion. In Germany, 1952-54, as a Lieutenant when Canada sent a brigade to the British Army of the Rhine as a NATO commitment.
Tom’s life encompassed involvement in several sports and social organizations where he always played an active and contributing role. Honorary member of the Briars Golf Club after serving as president for 2 years, a director for 11 years, and treasurer for 22 years. Life member of the Toronto Hunt and the B&R Club. Honorary member of the Rosedale Walking Club. A Founding and continuing member of the Initram Society for over 50 years, and a Voiceprint volunteer reader for 10 years.
His more than generous lifespan can perhaps be attributed to his active involvement in physical fitness and sports activities over the years. Fitness workouts 2 or 3 times a week since 1968. Golf for over 70 years and lawn bowling in his latter years kept his competitive spirit at a high level.
Cremation has already taken place and a joint memorial service for Tom and Bobbie will be held at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
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