Markey-Dermody Funeral Home

1774 King Street East, Hamilton, ON


Russell Verne Tomlinson

August 19, 1934October 7, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Russell (Russ) Tomlinson announce his passing at St. Joseph's Hospital on Monday, October 7, 2019 in his 86th year. Born on August 19, 1934 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario to Mary Ann (nee Hilliard) and Selby Tomlinson.

Beloved husband for 42 years of the late Dianne (nee Kartonchik) who passed away December 22, 2002. Loving father of Linda Kolpin and her husband Bruce, Verne and his wife Mary, and Robert. Cherished grandfather, "Papa" of Kristopher Kolpin and his wife Andrea , Tyler Kolpin and Dylan Tomlinson. Survived by his brother Clifford and his wife Joanne. Predeceased by his siblings Maxwell, Lloyd, Laurence, Raymond and Blanche. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours. Russ was a retired employee of Stelco Local 1005, a volunteer firefighter on the Smithville Fire Department and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 129. He enjoyed Monday evenings bowling with his friends in the Croatian National Home Men's 5 pin bowling league. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Visitation will be held at the Markey-Dermody Funeral Home, 1774 King Street East (at Kenilworth) on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. For those who wish, donations to the Hamilton/Burlington S.P.C.A may be made in lieu of flowers, as Russ loved his dogs, Pudgie, Taffy and Buddie. Thank you to all the doctor's, nurses and PSW's caring for Dad, especially Dr. E. Carlisle, Dr. L. Nguyen, VON RN Tim and Bayshore PSW-Anthony, over the past year. Special thanks to Dr. Khalid, Dr. Uppal and Dr. Semplonius for their exemplary care while at St. Joseph's Hospital. Thank you to the nurses at St. Joseph's Hospital who gave my dad such compassionate care during the past 10 days. You are all angels.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Russell Verne Tomlinson

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Joanne Tomlinson

October 9, 2019

Due to circumstances Cliff and I will not be attending this mornings service with our family but we certainly will be with you all in thought and spirit. Cliff is thankful that his older brother, Russ was always there for him and was a very caring brother in law.
We have a wonderful collection of memories of Russ’s family and ours. The birthdays,weddings,anniversaries, seasonal celebrations, camping trips, times at our cottage and annual spring breaks in Florida.
It is comforting to remember these moments in time when we were all together. We are grateful to know that Russ left this earth peacefully. Rest easy dear Russ.
Love ,Cliff and Joey

Ron Prosnick

October 9, 2019

Linda, Verne and Robert ... Please accept our sincere condolences on Russ passing. Know that we all share his loss. Having shared so many years of family memories since he and Dianne were married in the '60s ... we will miss him.

Uncle Roy, cousins John and Ron and Aunt Dorey

Sandy Powell

October 8, 2019

Linda and Bruce and family.
So sorry for the loss of your dad Linda. You look very much like him. :) You took very good care of him.
Praying for you all at this difficult time.

MaryAnn Dawe

October 8, 2019

Rest in peace Russ.
Bill and I send our most sincere condolences to the Tomlinson Family. He will be missed.
I will cherish the many memories I have of you over the last 40 years of knowing you......thanks to your daughter and sister I never had - Linda.
You will missed!!!
MaryAnn and Bill Dawe
and your four legged bestie - Roxie

Jen Clark

October 8, 2019

Your kindness will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace, my dear friend.
Love Jen ❤️

Janice Knickle

October 8, 2019

Sorry to hear of the passing of my uncle Russell who, in my youth, was a big part of my life; hence, I will cherish those memories. As well, I send my heartfelt condolences to his 3 children who have lost an exceptional father. With deepest sympathy, Janice