Thomas Reginald Cleugh

July 4, 1940August 17, 2020

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Thomas Reginald Cleugh who died Aug. 17, 2020.

We are devastated to lose our gentle, kind and thoughtful husband, dad, grandfather and best friend.

Predeceased by his parents, Thomas Ford Cleugh and Doris (Pattison) Cleugh, Tom is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara (Mercer) Cleugh, of Port Coquitlam; daughters Janis Cleugh of Coquitlam and Heather (Jeffrey) Cox of Shawnigan Lake; grandchildren Jenelle and Alisa Cox and Julianne and Fraser Warren; and nephews and nieces.

Born in 1940 in Edmonton, Tom was an alumnus of UVic’s first graduating class and a registered professional biologist.

He started at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo before moving to Winnipeg — and later Vancouver — to work with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Tom also co-owned Powel’s Men’s Wear in Duncan. He was employed at the Crofton pulp mill and later set up TRC Biological Consulting Ltd., in which he led environmental protection programs.

A worshipful master of the Masonic Temple Lodge #33, Tom was a true nature lover and spent much of his time gardening, collecting stamps and coins, studying our family’s genealogy and travelling the world.

His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Donations can be sent in his memory to the BC Cancer Foundation: Condolences can be made online via Burkeview Chapel:


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Bruce Hillaby

September 23, 2020

I worked with Tom in the early 70's and found him to be a good biologist and helpful with ideas on how to sample the world of the unseen fish and their environment.
I often coaxed him out for a beer when I worked in the Cowichan Estuary. He was running a haberdashery in Duncan that carried fine clothing after he left DFO.
I believe that Tom was meant to be a biologist and didn't really know him as anything else.

Matthew Foy

September 23, 2020

As one DFO trained fisheries biologist to another, the first time we met, Tom and I hit it off right away. From our love of salmon, rivers and all our beautiful natural places we got each other. From 2007-2009, Tom and I collaborated on creating a large wetland and channel complex on the Ashlu Creek within the larger Squamish River watershed . Tom's role on that job kept him close to this landscape for a couple of years so he got to see it through the seasons seeing the movement of life as it passed through on its annual cycle. When it was time to document the habitat restoration works, Tom had the pleasure of naming many of the features. I think his love of nature and sense of humour came through on this task. Black Dog, Whisper Channel, Hawkeye Pond, Wapiti, and Toad Pond could be all players in a Winnie the Pooh story. See you down by the river Tom. Matt

Heather Fenton

August 25, 2020

My condolences Heather on the loss of your Father.
I wish you and your family peace and love.
Take care Heather,
Hugs Heather Fenton

Ann Cardus

August 24, 2020

Larry and I were so grateful to have had such a good friend as Tom. We will miss his sense of humour, stories of adventure from travels and our lunches at Bruce’s Market. Tom embodied all that was good in the human spirit. He was a man for the times who loved his family unconditionally and know he will be in their hearts forever. He was so proud of all of you, Barbara, Janis, Heather and families. Safe travels friend. The view must be incredible.

Linda Wilson

August 22, 2020

So sorry to hear about your Dads passing Janis. He was such a lovely, kind and gentle man. He loved visiting the school to see Julianne and Fraser and would always stop and chat with me. Sending my condolences to all of you,
Linda Wilson

Parick Alambets

August 20, 2020


Thinking of you having seen the obituary. I met your father only that once; he seemed kindly and you close.



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