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Kane-Jerrett Funeral Homes

6191 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

OBITUARY

Thomas BINK

September 17, 1969June 28, 2020

It is with shock and sadness that we share the passing of Thomas Bink, who died in the care of the dedicated health-care team at North York General Hospital on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Thomas was born in Edmonton on September 17, 1969 to Werner and Christine (nee Osterlein), the younger brother of Marc, and grew up in nearby Fort Saskatchewan, AB. His early years saw periods of living abroad in places like the Phillippines and California for his father’s work as a mining executive. He was grateful always to return to The Fort.

After studying journalism at the University of Montana, Thomas embarked on a career in newspapers that evolved into the digital space. His journey began at a local paper in Castlegar, BC, before he returned to Alberta at the Medicine Hat News and later, Edmonton Journal. Thomas was lured to Toronto to help launch the online presence of the new National Post and continued on with what would become PostMedia. After 17 years with the company, he stretched his digital wings as managing editor of news at Yahoo Canada. He continued in online media at Rogers with CityNews before branching out on his own as a digital media consultant.

Thomas enjoyed a brief teaching stint at Laurier University’s Brantford campus where he was able to impart some of the knowledge he’d gleaned over the years. In truth, his strength in the online news world was in teambuilding and mentoring.

Despite departing the media business, Thomas was always a newsman at heart, consuming news in all its forms. An avid sports fan and longtime devotee of the Edmonton Oilers, he half-reluctantly cheered on the Toronto Maple Leafs and most other Canadian teams, but never the Calgary Flames. He was grateful in his lifetime to see Blue Jays world championships and last year’s Toronto Raptors championship. However, those accomplishments would always pale in comparison to his dynasty Oilers team.

Despite the gruff exterior he saved for much of the human world, Thomas was a kind-hearted soul with a love of all animals. He was a devoted pet father and was known to bring in strays and rescue sick and injured wildlife.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Christina Butterfield, parents Werner and Christine, brother Marc (Tracey) and nephew, Alex. He will likewise be mourned by parents-in-law David and Gregoria Butterfield, and Butterfield brothers-in-law Bill, Ron (Jessica), Tim (Yuki) and Daniel, along with nieces Kila and Sela.

Thomas’s wife wishes to extend her deepest gratitude to the front-line workers who responded capably and selflessly in his time of need: staff at LHIN at Fairview Health Centre, Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Paramedic Services, Toronto Police Service and, of course, NYGH’s emergency room staff and critical care unit.

Thank you especially to Dr. H. Hamami, Dr. U. Hameed and Dr. K. Towns who provided compassionate care in the final weeks of Thomas’s life.

Services

  • Private Cremation

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Jim Bray

July 9, 2020

Tom made me smile. Gruff Tom. To-the-point Tom. Lost-in-thought Tom. Hearty-laugh Tom. Friend Tom. I'll miss all of them.


Martin Byrne

July 8, 2020

So sorry to hear about Tom. Working with Tom was certainly one of the highlights of my career. No matter how laborious or frustrating a task might have been, Tom had a super human ability to plow through almost anything and make it happen in his own special way. He'll be missed by me and many people in Canada's online news industry.

Ian McDougall

July 8, 2020

I first met Tom Bink when I started as a reporter with the Medicine Hat News. Years later Tom and I would recall those days while having beers on his front stoop in Toronto. We had both kept working in the news media and now found ourselves - two Albertans - in the Big City. Tom could be gruff - as so many have said - but he also had a great sense of humour and a fine appreciation of absurdity. On the weekends we would wait till about 2 p.m., when the sun and humidity were at their peak, and hit the tennis courts. We'd play until we could barely walk. Every time we got together we would crack each other up to the point of tears. I will miss him.

David Groff

July 8, 2020

Christina, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I will remember Tom as a gentle and sincere man, with an easy laugh.

Bill Stadel

July 7, 2020

My condolences to all who loved Tom. I knew Tom before either of us had any worldly cares, working together during a brief pitstop in Medicine Hat. Tom, myself, Todd, James, Ian, Brian, and a handful of others kept each other sane in an insane place, sharing laughs and beer in equal quantities. Shooting pool, cheap cuts on the BBQ, the Cecil, the Tigers. Good times. While we didn't keep in touch, those memories I know stayed with us all. Cheers Bink!

John Dujay

July 6, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about this, and my deepest sympathies to you Christina, and all of your family. Tom was indeed a great manager (tough but with a heart of gold) and an even better person. He will be missed.

David Shkolny

July 5, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We were childhood friends and had a great time goofing around and drawing together (he was a fantastic drawer). My prayers for him and his family.

Catrina Wint

July 5, 2020

I am so very shocked and saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. Christina my heart goes out to you ♥️. I’ve known you both for many years and though didn’t know Tom well, he was always such a gentle man and loved and spoilt his kitties, Ella, Frank, Shermie and Whitey.
My heartfelt condolences to you Christina and your family. I will always remember that he always made you smile and exude such happiness when you were in the house together.
Please, if I can help in any way, just reach out.
Sending love and hugs 🤗 Christina.

Jenny Rodrigues

July 3, 2020

My sincere condolences to Christina and Tom's family.

I worked alongside Tom at Yahoo Canada as a video intern. And despite my lack of experience, Tom was kind and guided me with his editorial experience with grace. I have great memories of a day trip we took to Smiths Falls for an editorial series. His dry humour and constant flow of coffee that he bought for the team kept our spirits up on the long and rather gruelling day. I remember noticing how he graciously stepped back to let the lesser experienced journalists on the team take the lead during interviews. He really knew how to build up a team. That sort of leadership is hard to replace. He will be missed.

Jane Sanderson

July 3, 2020

This news is beyond shocking and it pains me to share a memory for someone so young. My deepest and most earnest condolences to Christina and her (and Tom's) family. We have all lost a great friend.

Tom was the best manager I ever had. He kept tossing me into the fire to see if I could handle new tasks and I kept coming back for more. He was fair, hard working, knowledgeable, honest, and always fought for his team. He made it a joy to come to work everyday.

I have my old team now and I always wonder how would Tom manage this situation or person. He was a great inspiration and I will never forget him.

FROM THE FAMILY