When ever a member of Scout passes away, they are referred to as Gone Home. Their spirit remains with us always and forever. They are part of the 68th.
Christina Stone – Group Treasurer, longest serving member of the 68th Toronto Scout Group
Rev. Andy Myles – Group Chaplin, Supporter and Friend of the 68th
Alan Hartrick – Group Committee Chair, Leader, Mentor
Marjorie Gould – Group Secretary
Harold “Stoney” Stone – Cub and Scout Leader
Mollie Muirhead – Beaver Leader and Group Committee Chair
Joshua Peaker – Cub, Scout and Venturer
Paul Hannahson – Beaver, Cub, Scout and Venturer
Wayne Stone – Cub and Scout
Christopher Hollier – Beaver and Cub
Tom Ashizawa = Scout Leader, Venturer Advisor, Rover Advisor, Mentor
Here are a few words about Tom from his son, Glen:
Thomas Nobuo Ashizawa
A Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Coach, Leader, Scout Leader, Venture and Rover Adviser. My father was an amazing man. Tom got in evolved with scouting in 1991 with the 19th Scout troop. Later in 1994 he joined the 68th Old Mill and he became the Scout Leader. In the same year he convinced his wife Deena to take on role of Beaver Leader. Their children also were evolved; Jason the oldest boy was in Beavers and continued up the ranks to Rovers; Jillian was in Guiding and is now a Rover and an Assistant Beaver Leader; Grant began in Beavers and is now a Rover and Glenn the youngest boy was only three years old attending Beavers as a B.I.T (Beaver In Training) and now in Ventures with his Chief Scouts award. Tom put his heart and soul into the 68th and because of his involvement others have followed his lead.
Tom attended as many camps as possible, no matter what the level. In 1994 Tom introduced us to Haliburton Scout Reserve. He held the week long camp every summer until his diagnosis. These weeks up at Haliburton were some of the best weeks of our lives. We looked forward to this camp all year. For most of us it was what made the summer.
In the fall of 2004 Tom started his treatment which began with chemotherapy, then moved on to surgery and finished off with radiation therapy. The treatments were difficult for him and his family. We all had high hopes that the cancer was gone for good. But about 2 years after his first diagnosis the cancer returned, guns a blazing. It had spread from the lining of his lung to his bones. He fought for two very long years. When symptoms returned Doctors determined that the cancer had spread passed the point of treatment. They told us that he didn’t have very long and were unsure about the time frame. They estimated 2 days to 2 weeks. Tom was a strong fighter until the end; he proved doctors wrong and fought for 6 weeks. Tom Ashizawa passed away on April 30th 2006.
He will be missed very much and we all love him very much.
– Glenn Ashizawa
“If you helped one child, you’ve helped make the world a better place.” – Tom Ashizawa
Donations in memory of past members of the 68th are always welcome.
Great Spirit Make Me (translated from Sioux)
O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, whose breath gives life to the world,
Hear me. I am small and weak. I need your strength and your wisdom. May I walk in beauty.
Make my eyes ever hold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things
you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may know the things you have taught your children, the lessons
you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
Make me strong not to be superior to my brothers but to be able to fight my greatest
enemy … myself.
Make me every ready to come to you with straight eyes, so that when life fades as the
fading sunset my spirit may come to you with out shame.
(from the Best Of Leader Magazine)