Thomas John Rowlands. B.Sc., PEO, MIET.
July 14 1922 - February 14 2021
Left us peacefully on February 14 at the end of a long and happy life. He is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Joan (Leeming), his sons David (Tara-deceased) Michael (Pam) Simon (Theodora), his grandchildren Andrew, Graham, Katie, Christopher, Taylor, Christian, Patrick and Sister Mrs Morfydd Hazlewood, Surrey, U.K.
Predeceased by parents John and Catherine Rowlands, Rhydorddwy Goch, Rhyl, Wales and his brother Owen.
Educated at Tywyn School 1934-40, and the University of Wales, Bangor, graduating B.Sc.1943, and B.Sc. Honours 1st class in 1948.
He was a Flt/Lt in the RAF (1943-47) serving in the Technical Branch in 10 and 11 Groups of Fighter Command and 139 Wing of No. 2 group of the 2nd Tactical Air Force.
Tom had a successful career in the UK at English Electric Co, Lancashire Dynamo Co and George Ellison Ltd as a design engineer, Manager and Technical and Marketing Directorships. In 1969 he joined Federal Pioneer Ltd. and moved to Canada with his family where he took on the design, construction and profitable management of their Bramalea Plant, becoming VP of Operations until his retirement in 1987.
A proud member of the PEO as well as a 75yr member of the IET(was IEE). Tom was recognized for his membership and contributions at the U of T Faculty Club, in Toronto in 2013.
Tom was an avid yachtsman and a member of CBYC, enjoying many summer cruises on Lake Ontario.
A private family cremation will take place and he will be interred at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. Tom’s life will be celebrated at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North York General Hospital or a charity of your choice.