Thomas "Tom" Edward Anzai

9/25/1961 - 12/1/2017

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Thomas "Tom" Edward Anzai

With solemn, sincere hearts we announce that Thomas Edward Anzai passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 1st at 56 years young.

Tom will be fondly missed by loving wife Marie, children Trevor, Kenton, Emily and Andrea, mother June, brother Doug (Karen), sister Linda (Garrett), parents-in-law Teresa and Bob, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, siblings-in-law, and dear friends. We are thankful for the spectacular services of the Ottawa Civic ICU medical team.

Tom will be dearly missed by the Ottawa swimming community who over years have benefited from his dedication, entertaining sense of humour, and matter-of-fact “get ‘er done” personality.

The family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support from all family and friends.

Family and friends may visit at Kelly Funeral Home Carling Chapel, 2313 Carling Ave, Ottawa K2B 7G3 (613-828-2313) on Friday, December 8th from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.

A service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 9th in the Kelly Funeral Home Carling Chapel. A Celebration of Tom's Life will follow at the Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments to be provided, please bring written memories of Tom to share.

Donations in Tom’s memory can be made at or the charity of your choice.


Funeral Details

  • Visitation

    Kelly Funeral Home - Carling Chapel

    Event Times

    12/8/2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    12/9/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Service

    Kelly Funeral Home - Carling Chapel

    Event Times

    12/9/2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Celebration of Life

    Jewish Community Centre

    Event Times

    12/9/2017 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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Posted by Gaston Boisvert | 5/27/2018

I was very saddened to learn recently of Tom Anzai’s death. He was a gifted athlete, a natural leader and a kind, giving individual. My brother and I first metTom and his brother Doug at a competitive swim meet in 1969. We swam for competing teams and we came up against the Anzai boys in many EOSA and provincial swim meets over the years. Tom was a formidible swimmer gifted with speed, stamina and a « never quit » attitude. Some years later we all met again working as pool and beach lifeguards with the city of Ottawa, and that is when Tom began to display his leadership talents and his very own way of creating team spirit and positive energy. In the 90’s Tom and his lovely wife bought a house on my parent’s street and during my weekly visits to my parents I would often encounter the entire Anzai clan on the street happily walking , cycling or running as a family. Tom seemed to do everything right but he seemed happiest in his role as husband, father and mentor. I last saw Tom in May 2017 just after we had sold my parents’ home. He seemed to be fully enjoying this stage in his life. I am deeply saddened by his loss, and saddened also that I did not take the time over the years to get to know him better. My deepest sympathies to his wife and children. Gaston Boisvert

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Posted by Don Nafe | 5/27/2018

Marie - just heard the news about Tom's passing when Heather was reading an article in the Citizen today (May 27, 2018) and we are both flabbergasted. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

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