It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of Toms Zvilna who went peacefully in his sleep on July 7, 2021 in his 75th year. He is survived by his partner of 43 years, Lynda Donovan, his loving step-children, Sheri (Jonathan and Mikayla) and Timothy and siblings Dace, Aina, twin brother Petris and Ugis. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Aina and Jekabs and sister Ieva.
Born in Germany, having fled the Russian occupation of Latvia, his family moved to Canada in 1950 and settled in Toronto after landing in Halifax at Pier 21. Toms attended the University of Toronto and chose a career in medicine. He worked in North York and eventually settled into a 29-year career at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge. He retired as Chief Technologist of the hospital laboratory where he worked alongside Lynda and educated and entertained his step-children with the wonders of science!
Toms was an avid outdoorsman and spent quality time fishing, waterskiing and adventuring on the Muskoka river and Lake Muskoka with his family. He also spent many happy days fishing in Parry Sound with his closest friends Bill, Mike, Randy and Scotty. He and Lynda also spent quality time with their neighbours and good friends, John and Susan. Toms was a loving, kind and generous person who enjoyed life and loved to laugh. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
There will be no formal celebration of life, but his family asks that you take a moment to reflect on your time with him.
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