Thomas Dale Crow died peacefully on July 22, 2022 with his wife June at his side, at Parkland at the Gardens in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where he had been residing in recent months. Tom was born November 9, 1942, in Norfolk Virginia, where his father was stationed. His father, Dale Crow, was a Navy pilot who went missing in action during the battle of Wake Island in the Pacific in October 1943. Tom was 8 months old. His father was never found and after four years of waiting, his mother remarried in Toledo, Ohio. His younger sister Vicki Varner Briggs and late brother John Varner were born there. The family moved from Toledo to Coronado, California when Tom was nine years old. Tom graduated from Coronado High School in 1960. Tom entered the University of California, Berkeley in 1960 and majored in architecture. He later studied art at the Chicago Art Institute, eventually returning to California, living in rural and city communes, and later attending Sonoma State College. Tom met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1971 at the Six States of Bardo Seminar in Allenspark, Colorado. He also met his future wife, Hawaye June Omura. He returned to California, got his things and came to stay at what was then known as the Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, later morphing into Shambhala Mountain Center, now Drala Mountain Center. He wintered with Paul Susnis and Michaele Matthews in their small trailer and then built a small beautiful octagonal house where he and June lived. Their daughter, Emily Avery Yoshiko Crow, was born in 1975 in Boulder, Colorado. Tom worked as a carpenter. They spent time at Karme Choling Meditation Center, and in Petaluma California where Tom earned an MBA from Sonoma State College. They moved to Nova Scotia in 1986. In Nova Scotia Tom and Paul Susnis had a short lived but fun faux finishing business at Pier 21. Subsequently Tom worked for Metals Economics Corporation for several years. He did a lot of volunteer work for the Nova Scotia Sangha as a carpenter and artist and was also a meditation instructor. Tom was brilliant, hilarious, an accomplished musician, a wonderful artist, and good and loyal friend. In spite of many health issues in the last years, he retained his sense of humor and awareness. He became known for his kindness and sweet nature. He is survived by his wife June, his daughter Emily and his sister Vicki Varner Briggs.
Tom’s funeral took place July 24, 2022 in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada.
VOL. 112, NO. 31 - Aug. 3, 2022