Kalpatoo; Thomas Ramanand
December 21, 1948 – February 17, 2015
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Tom to a cerebral stroke on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada at the age of 66. He is deeply missed by his partner/wife of 35 years Deborah Strong Kalpatoo, and is survived by his brother Errol Kalpatoo (Toronto, Canada) and sister Margaret Kalpatoo (St. Joseph, Trinidad). Tom was born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1948. He graduated from St. Mary’s College before immigrating to Canada in 1972 where he attended Simon Fraser University and earned two Bachelor’s Degrees (Latin American Studies and Urban Geography). He later earned a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University, Ohio. Tom enjoyed highly-respected, diverse careers in Canada and in Trinidad and Tobago, highlighted by his position as a post-graduate lecturer in the Mediation Studies program at the University of the West Indies. In 2014 Tom was appointed as the first Honorary Consul for Trinidad and Tobago in British Columbia. Tom was many things: musician, counselor, teacher, mediator, mentor, loyal friend, loving husband, and excellent cook. A collector of people, his network of friends and associates was vast, spanning cultures and continents. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Visitation will take place Friday, February 27, 1 – 4 p.m. at Henderson’s Langley Funeral Home, 20786 Fraser Highway, Langley. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28, 11 a.m. at the Cloverdale United Church, 17575 – 58A Avenue, Surrey, followed at 1 p.m. by burial at Surrey Centre Cemetery, 16671 Old McLellan Road and a reception at the Mirage Banquet Hall, 17767 – 64th Ave., Surrey.