May 29, 1935 – March 20, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, papa, brother and uncle. Tom passed away peacefully on Saturday March 20, 2021 at age 85.

Thomas Christopher was the eldest son born to Chris and Rita (Inge) Lashmar, on May 29, 1935 after his mother made the long trip to Calgary AB in the mail truck from their family farm on the Fallen Timber Creek. Tom attended Graham and Cremona schools before working on the CPR and then Alberta Water Resources, returning home whenever he could from far distant places on Fridays to take part in his favourite pastime – dancing. Then one weekend at a dance in Dogpound he met Evelyn Kinch and after a short courtship they were married in Cochrane on November 11, 1961. After a short period of freedom and time for fishing, berry picking and ball games, they raised four sons.

Tom had a passion for farming, treating all of his cows as pets, and drove school bus for 40 years in his spare time. When he retired from bus driving, he was picking up and dropping off the grandchildren of the kids he had driven to school when he first started. He was an old time country music lover, playing the guitar and fiddle every chance he could, an avid fisherman known for his “7 cast – 7 fish ” method and couldn’t wait for his yearly trips to Fairmont with family and friends to soak in the hot tub. Tom will be remembered for his infectious smile, generosity, kind compassionate spirit, and dearly missed by his family, friends and many people whose lives he touched.

Tom is predeceased by his parents Christopher and Rita Lashmar and brother Alfie. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Evelyn and sons Darcy (Crystal), Stephen (Anna), Michael (Dawn), Justin and grandchildren Kylie (Ryan), Jadon, Emma, Calleigh, Dawsyn, Kohen, Elijah, Leiloni, Jonas, Nora and Isacc. Brother David (Sharon), as well as all of the in laws and outlaws on both sides of the family, nieces, nephews, family friends and neighbours 

Due to covid concerns, private funeral services will be held for immediate family only, with Live Streaming for those who wish to attend virtually. Interment of ashes to take place at Big Prairie cemetery at a later date for everyone interested to attend.

Sincere appreciation to the Olds and District Hospice Society, and special thanks to the staff and nurses at Olds Seasons Encore for making Papa’s last days comfortable. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Olds and District Hospice Society

An online memorial service was held on Friday, March 26th.

Arrangements entrusted to Alison (Allie) Van Arnam , Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

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  1. On 24/03/2021 at 12:05 pm DAVE AND PAT BUCKLER Said:

    Dear Eve and family,and the rest of Tom’s family,our thoughts are with you all at this time ,remember his welcoming smile and always time for a chat, how he loved to dance,and enjoy the life he lived,keep the memories close the will always keep him close.

  2. On 24/03/2021 at 1:00 pm Bernice Klotz Said:

    Sincere condolences to Evelyn and her family. It is never easy to say goodbye, without having support of your nearest and dearest at this time makes it harder.

  3. On 24/03/2021 at 2:01 pm Brenda Pawson Said:

    When I think of Tom I think of his smile. His infectious laugh. A close friend to my dad. The stories “of the good old days”. He will be greatly missed. My condolences

  4. On 24/03/2021 at 2:29 pm Pat Silbernagel Said:

    Tom was a good man and a true gentleman. He will be missed.

  5. On 24/03/2021 at 2:51 pm The Armstrongs Said:

    Tom was the good ol gentle kind soul every person should thrive to be! His smile could put your roughest days at easy especially when they were followed by a fishing story or the sound of his musical talents He was the world’s greatest bus driver but don’t tell his replacement that . Our hearts go out to the family. Rest easy Tom you had a incredible life of accomplishment, love and adventure! Life well lived

  6. On 24/03/2021 at 3:23 pm Wayne & Shannon Simmonds Said:

    So sorry for you all. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  7. On 24/03/2021 at 5:30 pm Joy & Steve Suitor Said:

    Our Deepest Condolences. Tom was of of the kindest men we knew, he was a kind, caring Soul. He was loved by so many
    And will be truly missed and fondly remembered. Our thoughts & prayers are with all the family.

  8. On 24/03/2021 at 7:13 pm Dale and Joyce Lewis Said:

    So sorry to hear about Tom. He will be missed dearly and was loved by so many. A true “gentle” man. We are thinking of you all.

  9. On 24/03/2021 at 8:56 pm Louise Dolen Said:

    So sorry for your loss Evelyn and boys Tom was a very special person to the entire family
    He will be missed by all
    Love to you all

  10. On 25/03/2021 at 5:32 am Karla Nielsen (Newsome) Said:

    So sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. I have many memories of him laughing at the many get together with Mom and Dad. Our condolences to you all.

  11. On 25/03/2021 at 7:34 am Ken Lashmore Said:

    My deepest condolences to the family on your loss. Tom will be missed by us all

  12. On 25/03/2021 at 11:31 am Donna Maynes Said:

    I just heard of Tom’s passing. We were cradle babies when both our parents lived in the Graham area. So I have known him all our lives and I valued his frienship and being a neighbor.
    we we knew each other for 80 years and never had an angry conversation. He was good, kind and gentle. My heartfelt sympathies are with Evelyn, his sons and grandchildren. May he rest in peace.

  13. On 26/03/2021 at 11:51 am Aunt Sheila Said:

    Our deepest condolences and love to the Lashmar family at this time of loss. We will always cherish the memories of our visits together over the years. Tom was a big man with a big heart and will truly be missed.
    Aunt Sheila and family.

  14. On 26/03/2021 at 12:50 pm Jillian Edith Dressel Said:

    So sad to hear of Tom’s passing. I’m remembering all the fun our families had together at Fairmont. Thinking of you all.