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Thomas Patrick Counsel

Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador

February 4, 1939 - June 8, 2024

Thomas Patrick Counsel Obituary

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Thomas Counsel announce that Tom, aged 85, passed away peacefully at Pleasant View Towers on Saturday, June 8th, 2024. His loving wife Helen held his hand and never left his side.


He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Ann; father, Michael, brothers: Michael and Pat, and infant siblings: Rita, Joseph, and Bernadette; his parents-in-law: Bernard and Loretta Fitzgerald; brothers-in-law: Frances Whelan, Vincent Carroll, Loyola Fitzgerald, Phillip Fitzgerald, Mark Fitzgerald, Gerard Fitzgerald and Vince Hunt; and sister-in-law, Cecilia Gillingham.


Left to cherish with many fond and loving memories are his wife of 60 years, Helen (nee Fitzgerald) Counsel, his daughter Annette (Pat Breen), grandchildren: Patrick (Contessa Taylor) and Meghan (Bradey Taylor); his siblings: Marie Whelan (Francis - deceased), Anne Carroll (Vincent - deceased), Donnie Leonard (Jim), Marion Counsel (Wayne Dawe) and Anita Bruce (Dick) and sisters-in-law: Lucy Counsel (Patrick - deceased), Bernice Hunt (Vince – deceased), Dorothy Ricketts (Jim), Mary Downey (Joe), Glenda Fitzgerald (Mark - deceased) and brothers-in-law: Jerome Fitzgerald (Priscilla) and Clarence Gillingham (Cecilia - deceased) and a large circle of nephews, nieces, great and great-great nephews and nieces, cousins and friends.


Tom was born and raised on the isolated resettled community of Red Island, Placentia Bay. At the age of 2 ½, he became completely deaf after an illness, and his parents developed their own sign language for him. Tom was happiest when surrounded by family, friends, or nature.


He was a devoted husband and father and adored his grandchildren, future granddaughter-in-law, Contessa, and his large family.


He also loved entertaining his grandchildren’s friends, was a friend to all, and loved helping anyone in need.


He was an outdoor enthusiast and loved fishing, hunting, and gardening. Tom was a fierce dart player and, with the Holy Cross team, won 5 provincial dart tournaments.


An avid storyteller, he loved to share stories of his childhood antics and outdoor adventures. He fondly told the story of his father catching a gigantic lobster. His father gave him one of the large lobster claws as a souvenir, which Tom kept and proudly displayed for everyone to see.


Tom loved entertaining children with toys he made, wall shadows, and tricks. He was a master wood artisan and a beautiful painter, and he made funny cartoons to give as birthday cards, which his family treasured. He once took a shattered grandfather clock and artfully restored it to its original grandeur.


At the age of 21, cutting trees for planks, he built the Three Star, his own 34-foot longliner that Tom, his father, and his uncle used in the cod fishery. He made a living repairing and refinishing antiques and completing intricate wood carvings, some of which were displayed at the St. John’s airport and various restaurants in St. John’s and Halifax.


Tom surpassed barriers and left an indelible legacy.


Tom had a gift for adapting his sign language for every individual he communicated with and used this ability to spread laughter. He endeared himself to many people, multiple neighbors, and the staff of 1170 Topsail Road, Sobeys and Walmart Pharmacy (Mount Pearl), and the following stores located in Goulds: Bidgoods, Paint Shop, and Home Hardware, as well as many other establishments. He made the sign that they were all his friends. There are too many people to list, but please know that we appreciate all of you for giving your time to Tom.


Tom was supported by his good friend Roger Tucker to safely continue his love of cod jigging. Thank you, Roger and Debbie, for keeping a watchful eye and giving a helping hand. Your kindness will forever be remembered.


The family would like to thank Dr. Paula Horwood and Dr. Joy Cluett for their years of attentive and outstanding care. He considered you both his friends and wanted to visit you more often than necessary.


Tom spent the last five months living at 3 Northwest, Pleasant View Towers, where he received exceptional care from Clare, Claudia, Lesley, and their teams. All the Pleasant View staff, from all professions, made Tom and Helen feel loved. We will never forget your gentle compassion and fun antics. You could be educators on the vital role of caregiving and service. Each one of you are special and gifted. We so wish we could name you all. You are indeed angels, and we are forever grateful.


Special mention goes to the Breen, Long, and Ross families, who took us in and made us one of your own.


Tom’s son-in-law, Pat Breen, became his best friend from the moment they met. When Annette was away for school or work, Pat lovingly cared for her parents. He took Tom on many hunting and fishing trips, sharing great memories. He loved learning from Tom and was interested in all of Tom’s talents. So many competitive dart games were had and hockey games were watched. He was by his side at the very end. Their bond was incredibly special.


Flowers are gratefully accepted, or donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Resting at Barrett’s Funeral Home 73 Commonwealth Ave., Mount Pearl on Monday, June 10, 2024 and Tuesday, June 11, 2024 from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 -9:00 pm. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 10:30 am at Our Lady Queen of Families Parish. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Galway.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Thomas Patrick Counsel hosted by Barretts Funeral Homes.

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Thomas Counsel announce that Tom, aged 85, passed away peacefully at Pleasant View Towers on Saturday, June 8th, 2024. His loving wife Helen held his hand and never left his side.


He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Ann; father, Michael, brothers: Michael and Pat, and infant siblings: Rita, Joseph, and Bernadette; his parents-in-law: Bernard and Loretta Fitzgerald; brothers-in-law: Frances Whelan, Vincent Carroll, Loyola Fitzgerald, Phillip Fitzgerald, Mark Fitzgerald, Gerard Fitzgerald and Vince Hunt; and sister-in-law, Cecilia Gillingham.


Left to cherish with many fond and loving memories are his wife of 60 years, Helen (nee Fitzgerald) Counsel, his daughter Annette (Pat Breen), grandchildren: Patrick (Contessa Taylor) and Meghan (Bradey Taylor); his siblings: Marie Whelan (Francis - deceased), Anne Carroll (Vincent - deceased), Donnie Leonard (Jim), Marion Counsel (Wayne Dawe) and Anita Bruce (Dick) and sisters-in-law: Lucy Counsel (Patrick - deceased), Bernice Hunt (Vince – deceased), Dorothy Ricketts (Jim), Mary Downey (Joe), Glenda Fitzgerald (Mark - deceased) and brothers-in-law: Jerome Fitzgerald (Priscilla) and Clarence Gillingham (Cecilia - deceased) and a large circle of nephews, nieces, great and great-great nephews and nieces, cousins and friends.


Tom was born and raised on the isolated resettled community of Red Island, Placentia Bay. At the age of 2 ½, he became completely deaf after an illness, and his parents developed their own sign language for him. Tom was happiest when surrounded by family, friends, or nature.


He was a devoted husband and father and adored his grandchildren, future granddaughter-in-law, Contessa, and his large family.


He also loved entertaining his grandchildren’s friends, was a friend to all, and loved helping anyone in need.


He was an outdoor enthusiast and loved fishing, hunting, and gardening. Tom was a fierce dart player and, with the Holy Cross team, won 5 provincial dart tournaments.


An avid storyteller, he loved to share stories of his childhood antics and outdoor adventures. He fondly told the story of his father catching a gigantic lobster. His father gave him one of the large lobster claws as a souvenir, which Tom kept and proudly displayed for everyone to see.


Tom loved entertaining children with toys he made, wall shadows, and tricks. He was a master wood artisan and a beautiful painter, and he made funny cartoons to give as birthday cards, which his family treasured. He once took a shattered grandfather clock and artfully restored it to its original grandeur.


At the age of 21, cutting trees for planks, he built the Three Star, his own 34-foot longliner that Tom, his father, and his uncle used in the cod fishery. He made a living repairing and refinishing antiques and completing intricate wood carvings, some of which were displayed at the St. John’s airport and various restaurants in St. John’s and Halifax.


Tom surpassed barriers and left an indelible legacy.


Tom had a gift for adapting his sign language for every individual he communicated with and used this ability to spread laughter. He endeared himself to many people, multiple neighbors, and the staff of 1170 Topsail Road, Sobeys and Walmart Pharmacy (Mount Pearl), and the following stores located in Goulds: Bidgoods, Paint Shop, and Home Hardware, as well as many other establishments. He made the sign that they were all his friends. There are too many people to list, but please know that we appreciate all of you for giving your time to Tom.


Tom was supported by his good friend Roger Tucker to safely continue his love of cod jigging. Thank you, Roger and Debbie, for keeping a watchful eye and giving a helping hand. Your kindness will forever be remembered.


The family would like to thank Dr. Paula Horwood and Dr. Joy Cluett for their years of attentive and outstanding care. He considered you both his friends and wanted to visit you more often than necessary.


Tom spent the last five months living at 3 Northwest, Pleasant View Towers, where he received exceptional care from Clare, Claudia, Lesley, and their teams. All the Pleasant View staff, from all professions, made Tom and Helen feel loved. We will never forget your gentle compassion and fun antics. You could be educators on the vital role of caregiving and service. Each one of you are special and gifted. We so wish we could name you all. You are indeed angels, and we are forever grateful.


Special mention goes to the Breen, Long, and Ross families, who took us in and made us one of your own.


Tom’s son-in-law, Pat Breen, became his best friend from the moment they met. When Annette was away for school or work, Pat lovingly cared for her parents. He took Tom on many hunting and fishing trips, sharing great memories. He loved learning from Tom and was interested in all of Tom’s talents. So many competitive dart games were had and hockey games were watched. He was by his side at the very end. Their bond was incredibly special.


Flowers are gratefully accepted, or donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Resting at Barrett’s Funeral Home 73 Commonwealth Ave., Mount Pearl on Monday, June 10, 2024 and Tuesday, June 11, 2024 from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 -9:00 pm. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 10:30 am at Our Lady Queen of Families Parish. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Galway.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Thomas Patrick Counsel hosted by Barretts Funeral Homes.

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