It is with a heavy heart that as secretary of Southern Border FCC I write to inform you that Tom Foster passed away this morning. Tom had been ill for several months having been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Tom was a former president of the Southern Border. He was always on hand to support the club on show day as well as on the end of a phone for our weekly chat. He supported and attended many shows throughout the UK and abroad exhibiting and adjudicating during his life time. Tom won many all border shows but he always said his greatest achievement was winning two international shows.
Tom was not a complicated man and lived his life as such. He enjoyed the simple things in life and he maintained this with his birds, 'keep it simple' he used to say. Tom would never get excited about young birds in nest feather. He would talk about them being 'useful' or 'having potential'. He would always say 'that nothing changes like a border after the moult'.
He was a private man who chose his friends carefully. Tom, Gill, Di and I over the last fifteen years became good friends, holidaying together on several occasions and visiting each other three or four times a year. We would spend hours talking borders, grandchildren, gardens or the world in general. He was always a good listener and available for advice - both for birds and life.
For me personally he was a father figure and gave me a lot of good advice down the years as I know he did for one or two others. I will miss him.
A very sad day, a great loss to the fancy and I have had to say goodbye to a fantastic man and a good friend.
Our thoughts are with Gill, Steve, Ruth, William and Joe at this difficult time.
Secretary Southern Border FCC
Can I on behalf of West Wales BFCC offer our condolences to Tom's family.
Tom was always a good supporter of our show and won it on many occasion, he also judged our show. Tom was always there for a chat and willing to share his knowledge of the birds, he would also enjoy our then dinner dance and would contribute to the sing along, we all at West Wales will miss him, another big loss to the fancy.
Secretary West Wales
It is with great sadness that the Nottinghamshire Border Fancy Canary Club reports the passing of Tom Foster a Long standing member of the club.
He will be greatly missed by the members and friends in the fancy.
Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife and family.
Nottinghamshire Show Secretary
Tom Foster was a fancier of immense standing. A man, who bred excellent birds, was a frequent winner but more importantly, was a very honourable person, helpful and very good company .I think it’s also fair to say that Tom didn’t suffer fools; I also remember him as a man of great energy for his years, who travelled widely to judge.
I knew Tom for many years and had the pleasure of exchanging stock with him on several occasions. He was of course exceptionally knowledgeable on Border Canaries, having spent a lifetime breeding and showing them at the highest level, his birds were always there or thereabouts at all the shows and in later years he had a particularly good line of darks.
Tom was one of those people I loved to meet each year at the West Wales and was a regular “top bencher” there. In the Border fancy Tom is one of those “greats”who cannot be replaced. My sincere sympathy to his wife and family.
Cleveland send their condolences to Tom's wife Gill and family at this sad time.
Tom was a gentleman and a great border man always ready to help and advise anyone, it was always a pleasure to be in his company and will be sadly missed by his friends in the hobby.
Rest in peace Tom.
On behalf of all at the Wessex Border Club we send our sincere condolences to Gill and family at this sad time.
Tom was one of the greats in the hobby, not only for the standard of his birds, his vast knowledge but also his character and nature. It was always interesting to sit and chat with him as he was only too willing to share his thoughts. Over the years Tom judged and showed at the Wessex and having him and his birds was always a pleasure.
Another loss to the hobby that will never be replaced.
Border Canary Association
Members of the Border Canary Association were saddened to hear the passing of Tom Foster.
Over the years Tom supported our show both as an exhibitor and judge.
The club send their sincere condolences to Tom’s family.
British Border F. C. C. send their condolences to his wife and family at this sad time.
Tom was a member, shown and Judged our show many times.
Tom will be sadly missed by all his Friends and Members at the BBFCC.
R S Norman
BBFCC International Team
My condolences to Gill and family.
Tom was much travelled like myself, giving up his time as an exhibitor and judge.
I had the pleasure of Tom being in the English border team. He use to greet me with 'El capitano' have we a good team? Tom got his points every year and scored top more often than not. He will be sorely missed by me and his team mates.
I will always remember Tom as a real gentleman, great bird man and an outstanding judge.
The other side to Tom was his vast experience of the pros and cons of the present day Border, he didn’t miss a thing!
It was always a pleasure chatting to him, as he was so informative, and always departed with a content happy smile.
He will be sadly missed.
My best wishes go to his family on this sad occasion.