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Thomas Deutscher

June 7, 2017

Thomas Brian Deutscher

 

Thomas Brian Deutscher passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Marci (nee Schuck), his 6 children and 11 grandchildren: Michael (Chamroeun), Landon, Eliana; Matthew (Kim Grant), Ty, Ryan, Reese, Tate; Tom Jr.; Ben (Kristine Scarrow), Gracelyn, Ethan, Kale; Patrick (Judy Kang), Eleanor, William; and Mary; his brothers Michael (Pat), Gary, Ross (Maria), Joe (Lorrie); his sister-in-law Donna; brothers- and sisters-in-law Fr. Joe Schuck, S.J., Mary (Pat) McLaughlin, Tom (Marilyn) Schuck, and Judi Dube; his aunts Anna Deutscher and Maxine Reinhart; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom was predeceased by his grandson Max; father and mother Mike and Etta (nee Reinhart); brother Richard; father- and mother-in-law Joseph and Eunice Schuck; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Tom was born on January 9, 1949 in Regina and spent his early years in Regina and Saskatoon before moving to Humboldt, SK. He attended St. Peter’s College, Muenster where he received his high school education from the Benedictine monks. These years would prove influential for Tom, as it was here that he received his Catholic education in earnest and began many lifelong friendships. Tom was gifted academically, and received his M.A. in History from the University of Saskatchewan in 1971. In this same year, he and Marci married and moved to Toronto and later Italy to pursue his PhD. In 1977 Tom completed his doctorate and returned to Saskatchewan where he was hired by St. Thomas More College (STM). Tom had been a student at STM and it was here that he met his wife. After he was hired his devotion to STM grew and he served the college as a professor, dean, faculty union president, and acting president of the College. As a Catholic Church historian, Tom was committed to teaching and research; he completed many publications on the Catholic Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries, and considered his book, Punishment and Penance (2013), to be the culmination of his life’s work. With the support of his wife, Tom was able to achieve these goals while remaining ever present to his children, who were clearly the center of his life; he never ceased to have time to coach baseball/fastball, chaperon swimming, lead cub-scout packs as Akela, listen to piano practice, watch action movies, provide research assistance, and devise overly complex plans for routine events that involved the entire family and multiple vehicles. Tom also served as the president of Alliance for Life, and was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus degree team. Tom loved to cook and eat a good meal to go along with his excellent homemade wine. He was gentle, patient, honest and compassionate, and always had another witticism prepared for even life’s most stressful moments. He was a loyal friend, and bravely fought to stay with his family for as long as he possibly could. His Catholic faith provided him with a truth North that continues to serve as a guide for his friends and family. The family wishes to thank those who walked with Tom on his journey, especially Drs. Andrea Symon and Aaron Friggstad for their care and support; Dr. Kelly and Aaron; Drs. Le and Sami and their teams at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre; the Palliative Care teams at home and at St. Paul’s Hospital who took such excellent and cheerful care of Tom; his care aids Sonia, Taja, and Claire who gave such loving care; and the entire staff at LutherCare - thank you for caring for our Dad with the same gentleness and grace that he lived throughout his life. You helped him to live his dying as he lived his life. Donations may be made to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in support of Palliative and Hospice Care. The Vigil for Tom will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 at St. Thomas More College Chapel (1437 College Drive). The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family (123 Nelson Road). Arrangements in care of John Schachtel - Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200 


 Service Information

Vigil of Prayer
Sunday
June 11, 2017

7:00 PM
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Mass of Christian Burial
Monday
June 12, 2017

11:00 AM
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