Thomas Gronert

Thomas Claude Gronert

Monday, August 5th, 1946 - Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
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Tom passed away on May 19, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. He was born in Kirkland Lake to Frederick Marshall (Charlie) and Laura Gronert. At age 10, Tom’s family moved to Cardiff, Ontario.

Tom followed in his father’s footsteps and became a hard rock miner. He arrived in Manitouwadge in 1964 to work at Geco Mines, and it was there that he met his wife Evelyn (nee Basford).

After a long career working underground (which he loved), Tom transitioned to the Mine Safety Department. Following the closure of Geco, Tom worked as a Safety Consultant at mines across Canada, Scandinavia, and Asia. Tom and Evelyn moved to Thunder Bay in 2001 and Tom began working at Lac Des Iles mine.

Tom retired in 2009. He enjoyed his retirement, helping his dear late mother-in-law Sylvia and socializing with his life-long friend, the late Mike O’Shaughnessy. Tom was an active member at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church where he was always eager to help. During Tom’s illness, he looked forward to his weekly “senior calls” with his good friend Al Fugelsang. They shared many stories, and these calls were uplifting for Tom.

Tom is survived by his wife Evelyn, son Mark and daughter Rhonda, siblings Marshall (Anne) and Kathy Bath, sister and brother-in-law Brenda and Don Kerby, niece Lynn and nephews Bob (Cathy) and Ken (Lilly) Bednarek. Tom will be missed by his grandchildren Sage, Tanner and Mika.

Tom was predeceased by his parents Laura and Charlie, his in-laws, Frank and Sylvia Basford, granddaughter Rain, brother-in-law Richard Bath and niece LeeAnna Bednarek.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Stephen’s Anglican Church or a charity of your choice.

Cremation has taken place. A private family service will take place at Riverside Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Sargent & Sons Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be made at
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Therese (Lafrance)

Posted at 03:56pm
Evelyn and the Gronert Family - so sorry to hear of this sad news - brings back GREAT memories of Chaput Hughes and Kirkland Lake - Tom was a Great guy - always interested in what was going on in others' life - was a great prankster - always happy - take care - stay safe.

Therese Lafrance Posted at 09:07pm

Condolences also to Marshall and Kathy from Jean-Guy, Fern and Hedy Fournier formerly from Chaput Hughes through their niece Therese Lafrance. Many great memories.

Dorothy Kerby

Posted at 06:23pm
Dear Evelyn, Mark, Rhonda and Family
Our sincere condolences on the loss of a great Husband and Dad. We know he has had a lot of rough days and illness through Don and Brenda. We hope you can find comfort in knowing your dearly loved one is at peace and all the wonderful memories you share.
In Prayer, Ross and Dorothy Kerby


Carol Gionet

Posted at 04:41pm
Sincere condolences to Evelyn, Mark, Rhonda and her family. We have great memories of Tom’s Manitouwadge days . Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. ❤️🙏
Reg and Carol

kathy bath

Posted at 02:51pm
I miss you brother love your big sister.

Lola Allen

Posted at 11:41am
Evelyn and Family, we are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. May your memories help you through this difficult time. Love Lola and Randy Allen.

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