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Agnes E Thomlison [Tobin]

October 12, 1950 - October 3, 2021

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Agnes “Agg” Elizabeth Thomlison 

Our beloved Agnes passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the age of 70 years, after battling for the last five years as her health was slowly declining.  Her fight ended at the Victoria General Hospital with her loving husband, Lorne, by her side.

Agnes was born to Greg and Annie (Nana) Tobin on October 12, 1950 in the town of Bridgeport, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.  She grew up with her five brothers and sisters: Billy, Mary, Craig (deceased), Shawn and Annette.

During her lifetime, Agnes was fortunate to have two children, Lori and Craig, and many grandchildren: Tyler, Brandon, Meghan, Brianna, Andrew, Braylin and Alisha, all of whom she loved so very much.

Agnes lived her life with smiles and laughter; her sense of humour and kind-hearted nature being the reason she had so many friends.  Friends from coast to coast – too many to name (and you all know she loved and cared for each of you).  She constantly kept in touch with everyone as much as possible – to see what they were up to and to say or do something funny to keep them smiling.  It was difficult to be sad around Agnes as she would find a way to make you smile no matter what.

She moved around across Canada over the years and was able to call places like Glace Bay (the Hub), Nova Scotia; Cambridge and Keswick, Ontario; and Victoria, British Columbia “home”.  Which was ok, since she loved to travel and made many trips from coast to coast to visit family and catch up with friends.  Moving to Victoria, British Columbia was one of the main highlights of Agnes’ life as that is where she met the love of her life, Lorne Thomlison.  Never has there been a kinder and more caring person in Agnes’ life than Lorne and they were absolutely devoted to each other throughout their entire time together.

The saddest part of her life was the loss of friends and family as they moved on ahead of her to heaven.  No one was ever forgotten, and she reminisced about them often.  Especially difficult was the loss of her dearest daughter, Lori.  A hurt that would stay with her every day.  We take great solace knowing that Agnes is now reunited with Lori, Nana, and Craig in heaven.

As Agnes’ health began to decline, there were many medical professionals who provided support and advice, and our appreciation goes out to each and every one of them.

Among the many Specialists were:

  • Dr. Heather Clark – Respirologist
  • Dr. Oscar Cruz-Pereira – Gastroenterologist
  • Dr. Hilary Wass – Hematologist
  • Dr. John Antonsen – Nephrologist (Kidneys)

As well, there were many wonderful nurses whom Agnes had the pleasure of meeting throughout her numerous stays at the Victoria General Hospital and the Royal Jubilee Hospital; and in particular, the Medical Daycare, where Agnes was a frequent guest for blood transfusions, iron infusions and albumin infusions.

After the passing of one of Agnes’ doctors, the team of doctors at Victoria’s High Complexity Care Team took over her care.  These included:

  • Dr. Spencer Cleave
  • Dr. Diana Hammond
  • Dr. Glen Mathers
  • and her lead caregiver Nurse-Practitioner Lindsey Strang.  Agg loved Lindsey’s caring, compassionate persona and often said, “She’s not my Nurse…she’s my DOCTOR.”

We believe the care provided by this Team extended Agg’s life by a number of years.  They were diligent in outsourcing to other Specialists when Agg needed that extra help, and we are forever in their debt with gratitude.

Agnes, you may have moved on to be reunited in heaven with your beloved daughter, Lori, but your light and the love that you have shared during your lifetime has touched each of us and continues to live on in those of us who remain behind on earth – until we meet again in heaven.  We will remember to smile whenever we think of you, and we love and miss you with all our hearts.

Together – Without Me

There are no words can ease this pain

That we will never touch again

To never hold your hand in mine

Our fingers finding secret twine

Spontaneous laughter – looks of lust

Breaking through our “first meet crush”

Then twenty years of love that bound us

Thankful that this joy had found us

And knowing that our friends will see

You’re both together – without me

There is no ill-will that this is so

It’s in the greater plan I know

God called Lori from your heart

And set the plan that we would part

Time was what we both looked to

Your love for me – my love for you

But in our hearts we felt that pain

And knew we’d see our Lor again

You found her first and now I see

Until I join you – together- without me……

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