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Ralph (Tom) Thomas Boughner

December 6, 1946 - December 3, 2018


BOUGHNER, Ralph Thomas (Tom)
(December 6, 1946 – December 3, 2018)

Tom passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side after a two-year battle with metastatic cancer. Oldest son of the late Jack and Lillian (Mason) Boughner, both of Walsh, ON, Tom was also predeceased by his two younger brothers Jim and John. Left to cherish his memory is his best friend of 46 years, Cecille (Marion) Boughner, daughter Jennifer of Winnipeg, and sons Todd (Dallas) of Calgary and Joseph (Amy) of Ottawa. Also missing him but having so many memories are his two precious granddaughters Chelsea and Maggie. Tom is also survived by his sister-in-law Janie Boughner, father-in-law Joe Marion, in-laws Dave and Deana Marion, Doug and Frances Marion, Jeff and Lucille Marion, Liz and Bill Lundstrom, Yvonne and Wayne Kerr, Mollie and Robert Kamm and Carol and Bob Gardam along with twelve nephews and eight nieces, surviving cousins and one uncle.

Tom graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He enjoyed a fulfilling career in six locations, coast to coast, in chemical pulp manufacturing.  Complementing his technological skills in pulping, Tom brought his people leadership skills into play, making him an industry-respected operations management leader. A career-long commitment to knowledge sharing led to his life membership in the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada, Professional Engineers of Ontario, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and Professional Engineers of British Columbia.

Tom also dedicated spare time over 30 years to minor hockey coaching. His focus was not only on teaching hockey technique but emphasizing development of citizenship skills.

Never much of a golfer until moving to the coast, he really caught the spirit of the game at Arbutus Ridge and especially enjoyed playing Friday mornings with the Friday Gentlemen Golfers gang.

After joining the Catholic Church in 1988, he became actively involved as Pastoral Council chair and numerous parish leadership roles in Fort Frances, ON, Quispamsis NB, Prince Rupert, Mackenzie and Duncan BC.

Never one to hold himself back from the challenge of greener pastures, Tom served as town chairman of the Marathon Township Airport commission that launched YSP; was initial chair of the Mackenzie Area Radio Society that launched a new community radio station, CHMM- FM and in 2011 accepted the call to serve as Slave Lake Town Recovery Manager following the devastating wild fire that burned through the town. He was proud and humbled when the community successfully applied to present him with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.

Strongly committed to the adage that the true test of a man is the family he leaves behind, look for the footprints. He treasured his relationship with his children, grandchildren, his own family and Cecille’s family.

His funeral will be held on Monday, December 10, at St. Edward’s Catholic Parish in Duncan, BC, at 10 am. A reception will follow at the H.W. Wallace funeral home.

The family wants to thank Drs. Lisa and Jean-Marie Wilson, Dr. Valorie Masuda, Dr. John Paul McGhie and the staffs of the Cowichan District Hospital and Cowichan Valley Hospice Society for their incredible care throughout Tom’s battle. Their attention and compassion gave us all incredible comfort and peace of mind.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Cowichan Hospice House Project in Tom’s name as they work to build a proper hospice house providing quality end of life care.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Brian and Bernice Braid
Relation: We have been friends for a very long time.

Cecile, Brian and I would like to send our condolences . I always remember the 10am phone call, Tom had all the gossip going on in the mill. He was such a wonderful neighbor and friend. Hugs to all

From: Percy and Jenny Jantz
Relation: colleague

Hello Cecille and family. Jenny and I have just learned of Tom’s passing. We are so sorry to hear of this and send condolences to all the family.
Tom was widely known in the pulp industry. He was very knowledgeable and had masses of experience with a wide variety of equipment and processes. His opinion and expertise were frequently called upon by his large network.
Tom was a hands-on guy. He never stayed in the office, he was out in the mill helping and involved in the issues. He will be missed.

From: K Kurylowich & Family
Relation: Worked with Tom for many years.

Cecille and family.

We are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a good man and a wonderful mentor for all who knew him.

From: Rick and Lorraine Wyder
Relation: Friends of Liz and Bill Lundstrom and their Dryden and area families

Please accept our sincere and deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow. We hope that the memories you have will help you through this most difficult time. Never forgotten and always remembered in your hearts. Our prayers are with all of the family.

From: Jacques and Lynda Marc
Relation: Social friends

Dear Cecille Jacques and I were saddened to learn of Tom’s passing. We will miss our visits at Probus affairs. Peace to you and your Family in your grief.

From: Carl MIsseghers & Annie Naudts
Relation: FRIENDS.

RIP dear Tom…..we will miss you.
To Cecille and family……..may you find strength in each other.
We will never forget you dear Tom.
Annie and Carl.

From: Darcy and Donna Harrison
Relation: DMHA / work

Sincerest sympathies Cecille and family on hearing of your great loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Ester Sarkozy-Lee
Relation: Parishioner of St. Peter's Parish Mackenzie, BC and our General Manager of Mackenzie Pulp.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am there is heart and spirit as you lovingly send Tom to the Heavenly Father. I will think fondly of him and be grateful for his kind, nurturing mentorship he provided to Jordan my son as his hockey coach. For myself Tom treated me as a colleague of equal value although our workplace titles were miles apart. Sharing our faith was a bonus. May the Light of Christ shine upon you always and give you eternal rest God Speed Tom.

From: Allen Hubbard
Relation: Friend and co-worker

Heartfelt condolences to Cecille and family. Tom was a wonderful husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
December 10, 2018
Beginning at 10:00am

St. Edwards Catholic Church
2085 Maple Bay Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L5L9

2085 Maple Bay Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L5L9

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