Obituary

Greenaway— John Tod, April 25, 1927 – October 24, 2008

Tod passed away in Nelson, BC on October 24, 2008. He was, as he said, quite ready to go, and went peacefully in his sleep. So although we are saddened by his passing, we keep his memory and our deep love for him within our hearts. Surviving him are his wife Fumiko; brothers Phillip (Patricia) and Howard (Victoria); children John (Amy), Rachel (Daniel) and Rafael; and grandchildren Charles, Taiyo, Emiko and Kaya. Tod outlived all of his close friends and spent his last years in Nelson with Fumiko and Rachel’s family, overlooking beautiful Kootenay Lake. There will be no service by request—instead, raise a glass of your favourite single malt in his memory.

Tod wrote the following several years ago, when he was 77 years old:

If time is a river, then we stand braced against the current so to speak, keeping our feet in order not to be swept away. This is the river into which Heraclitus says we never set foot twice (if he actually said this).

At some point several years ago I gave in; instead of fighting it I let it carry me away. So now I float down this same metaphorical time-river. Picture me reclining in an inner tube, the Globe and Mail on my lap, and waving my feet to the folks ashore.


How best can I remember my father in a few words? To describe how he’s shaped my life, I think. He taught me to take nothing for granted and to appreciate what I have. To look upon the world with love, humour, curiousity, patience, and a healthy dose of cynicism too. He gave me independence, yet leaves me feeling loved.

He was always on an avid search for something, and his searchings are well documented in his writings, photographs and woodwork.

He was one of a kind, that I can say for sure.

Will we miss him? Always.

Rachel Greenaway