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Terry Neil Tompkins, aged 70, passed away suddenly with his wife by his side at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 8, 2018. He was born in Strathroy, Ontario on April 23, 1947 to Douglas and Merle Tompkins. He was their second of three sons. He grew up and took his schooling in London, Ontario. Terry and his brothers, Doug and Bob, always enjoyed their time together, there was always a lot of laughter, joking and pranks amongst themselves. As adults, they always enjoyed family gatherings and time spent reminiscing their childhood. Terry’s love for the Lord came at an early age when he would go to preach and sing with his dad at the soup kitchens. Terry moved to Saskatoon in 1967 to attend the Central Pentecostal College, graduating in 1970. During this time, his family grew with the birth of his daughter Michelle in 1969. His first church he pastored in was at Beaubier, Saskatchewan. In December of 1972, his twin boys, Robert Paul and Michael Charles were born and passed away. In 1973 they welcomed Lisa into the family unit, making it complete. He then went on to Naicam and Moose Jaw where he pastored. In 1980, Terry moved to Wadena working in the funeral industry until he started Tompkins Funeral Home in 1992. He enjoyed going to coffee row in Wadena and Invermay, spending time with family and friends, as well as attending the Wynyard Gospel Church and Wadena Baptist Church, going on cruises and singing with the Pipestone Men’s Choir. Terry was also a Justice of the Peace, Marriage Commissioner and served on the Co-op Board in Wadena. He never missed an opportunity to laugh or tell a joke with friends. He was famous for putting his glasses on crooked and then say, “Say, did you get the number of that bus.” Terry had a firm handshake and a vibrant personality and would light up a room whenever he entered. He was full of joy and always put everyone else before himself. Terry was eager to help out no matter what the situation was. He would say, “You can’t go wrong being nice to people.” He always had a listening ear, lending hand and a big smile. He loved his family time with his girls and their family. Terry found love again and married Wanda in July of 2016. His eyes had even more sparkle in them if that was possible. He told everyone he met that “She’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” They went everywhere together and enjoyed taking two cruises. Their first cruise was to Australia/New Zealand in 2016 and Alaska in 2017. Terry had genuine kindness along with the biggest heart around. Terry went home to his Lord and Savior on February 8,2018. He was greeted by a band of Angels saying “Well done son. Your work on earth is done.” Terry was predeceased by; his parents, Douglas and Merle; his twin sons, Robert and Michael. Terry leaves to mourn; his wife, Wanda; his daughters, Michelle(Donald) Austring and Lisa Warren; Step-son’s, Kelly(Kate) Rioch and Kelvin(Amber) Rioch; Grandchildren, Katelyn(Adam) Keinle, Brett Austring, Nathan Warren and Jackson Rioch; great grandchild, Jax Keinle; his brothers, Douglas (Mary Jane) and Bob(Darlene); as well as many nieces and nephews. The only thing more important to Terry than family was his relationship with his Lord and Savior. Terry will be missed by everyone that had the honor of knowing or having him in their lives.