Victoria restauranteur Tom Ferris passed away at the end of August. A celebration of life is scheduled for Oct. 3 (Facebook/ Ferris’ Upstairs Seafood & Oyster Bar)

Celebration of life scheduled for Victoria restauranteur

Thomas John Ferris passed away on Aug. 30 after a short battle with cancer

The founder of three local food staples has passed away, but not without leaving behind a legacy.

Thomas John Ferris, founder of Ferris’ Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar, Ferris’ Grill and Garden Patio and the Perro Negro died on Aug. 30 after a short battle with cancer.

He is left behind by his wife Sandy, daughter Paula and grandchildren Alexa and Max, as well as his pug, Molly.

ALSO READ: Cuban immigrant captures his dream of restaurant ownership in Victoria

“Tom[‘]s short battle with cancer was faced with incredible bravery, stoicism and positivity, much like he lived his life,” reads a post on the oyster bar’s Facebook page. “His generosity and friendship has touched countless staff and customers alike and he, much like the restaurant he founded 28 years ago has become a Victoria institution.”

There will be a celebration of life for Ferris held for all to attend on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Bayview Place Roundhouse at 253 Esquimalt Rd. from 2 to 7 p.m.

The celebration will include music, food trucks and a life-size cutout of Ferris for people to “get a farewell selfie with.”

ALSO READ: Longtime downtown Victoria restaurant gets renovicted

Additionally, restaurant co-owner and business partner David Craggs has set up a GoFundMe page to go towards the Thomas John Ferris Memorial Scholarship Fund. The memorial fund will go towards supporting hospitality workers as they pursue continued education.

“We lost a great one,” the Facebook post reads. “When it’s your time be sure to look him up, he won’t be hard to find, he’ll be the guy lying in the field surrounded by a multitude of pugs.”


 

vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
and Instagram

restaurant

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sidney fire responds to fewer but more severe calls during pandemic

Rise in severity linked to changes in routine during COVID-19 pandemic

Saanich police see spike in excessive speeding compared to previous years

Nearly 100 excessive speeders caught since January 2020

Colwood branch drop-off to continue throughout summer

COVID-19 safety measures remain in place

Cycling scavenger hunt comes to Tweed City

Cyclists scour Oak Bay for clues in Bike to Work Week event

Welcome to grilling season: Saanich firefighter talks barbecue safety tips

Grills should be cleaned, serviced prior to use, firefighter says

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the world of summer sports

In a typical year, there are plenty of summer sporting events and tournaments held across Canada

Surrey mayor’s party under fire for ‘sickening’ tweet accusing northern B.C. RCMP of murder

Mayor Doug McCallum says tweet, Facebook post ‘sent out by unauthorized person’

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

Most Read