The Coast Reporter
January 5, 2018
It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Thomas Heaton, our husband, father, and grandfather.
An actor, singer/songwriter and artist, Tom was born in 1940 and raised in the Bronx, NY when it was still a rural community. After a stint in the US Army, stationed overseas in Europe, Tom attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and found his true calling. With over 150 film and television credits (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner as his first film), Tom worked throughout the US and Canada, making Gibsons his home after years in Los Angeles, Nelson, Rock Creek, and Vancouver.
Adoring and proud of his family, Tom leaves to mourn his loss, and cherish his life, his wife Janet Hodgkinson, his four children, Willow, Beau (Kess), Sam (Jenna) and Jack, and his four grandchildren, Raven, Lily, Maleka and Makeo.
A celebration of Tom's life will be held on Sunday, January 7, 1:30 pm at Eric Cardinall Hall, 930 Chamberlin Road, Gibsons.
HEATON, Tom (Thomas Heaton)
Born: 1940, Bronx, New York, U.S.A.
Died: Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
Tom Heaton’s westerns – actor:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1967, 1968, 1969 (Billy the Kid, Jim Riley, Johnny McDonald)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (Billy Pardew)
Bandolero! – 1968 (Joe Chaney)
Monte Walsh – 1970 (Sugar Wyman)
The Grey Fox – 1982 (Tom)
Eureka – 1983 (man blowing off head)
Bordertown (TV) – 1989, 1990 (Charles Stuart Ashley, William ‘Skip’ Vickers)
Call of the Wild (TV) – 1992 (Asa)
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf – 1994 (miner)
Convict Cowboy (TV) – 1995 (Lon)
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (TV) – 1996 (Amos)
Dead Man’s Gun (TV) – 1997 (Wilbur Portsmouth)
Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure (TV) – 1998 (Dow)
The Jack Bull (TV) – 1999 (Whitaker)
The Secret of Giving (TV) – 1999 (News Carver)
Shanghai Noon – 2000 (saloon bartender)
The Johnson County War (TV) – 2002 (Sheriff Sine)
Mail Order Bride – 2008 (Willy)