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60 Roe Ave
P.O. Box 539
Gander, NL A1V 2E1
Phone: 709-256-8585 or 1-888-256-8585
Fax: 709-256-7606
Thomas Mercer

Thomas "Ticket Tom" Mercer

Monday, November 4th, 1935 - Sunday, April 21st, 2019
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Thomas Ralph
November 4, 1935 – April 21, 2019

It is with great sadness that we the family of the late Thomas Mercer announce his peaceful passing at the James Paton Memorial Health Care Centre on Sunday April 21, 2019 at the age of 83 years. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph & Emma Mercer of Port Albert, NL; parents-in-law Stephen & Edith Goldsack of Folkestone, England; brothers-in-law: Harvey Luff, Eric Goldsack; sisters-in-law: Mildred mercer, Margaret North and Phylis Dawney. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife Lilian; daughter Denise Elliott (Ivan); sons: Alexandre Mercer (Lori), Steven Mercer; grandsons: Christopher Elliott (Christine), David Elliott (Eva), Andrew Mercer; granddaughters: Stephanie Mercer (Andrew), Melissa Mercer; great grandchildren: Alexander, Chelsea, Cameron, Hannah; brothers: Gerald Mercer, Robert Mercer (Doris), Reginald Mercer (Doris), Carl Mercer (Gloria), Scott Mercer (Mary); sisters: Margaret Mercer (Ted), Phylis Luff; brother-in-law Stephen Goldsack (Trish) also a large circle of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Born during the great depression, in a tiny out-port (Port Albert) in Notre Dame Bay, Tom, like many young men at the time, left school early and pursued employment in the woods of Central newfoundland. Then he moved on to work construction at CFB Gander, before he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in the 1950’s.

His military career would last for more than twenty years, and lead him to travel the world. During these travels he would meet Lilian Goldsack in her hometown of Folkestone, England. He married Lilian in 1958, and spent the rest of his life with her.

Upon his departure from Military life, he, along with Lilian and their three children, moved back to the community of his origin, Port Albert. Throughout his time in Port Albert he was very much involved, serving on various committees and working for the betterment of his community.

While building his new home in Port Albert, he pursued and trade in auto body, and working for a GM dealer in Gander, and eventually opening his own shop in 1989 – Mercer’s Auto Body. This trade would see him through to his actual retirement in 1995.

In 2003 Tom & Lilian moved to Gander permanently. Soon after this move, he became bored with retirement and started selling raffle tickets for various organizations & charities. He became very well known, with many locals referring to him as “Ticket Tom” or “the Old Man in the Mall.” Over the last few years he took great pleasure spending time with his “Mall Family” and the many patrons who would stop by his table to chat or listen to one of his many stories and jokes.

In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. The family will be receiving friends at Stacey’s Funeral Home, Gander on Tuesday April 23, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday April 24, 2019 between the hours of 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral service Saturday April 27th at 2:00 pm at the united Church Port Albert. IAs expressions of sympathy flowers are graciously accepted or donations may be made in Tom’s memory to a charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Stacey’s Funeral Home Gander/Carmanville and to leave a message of condolence please visit our website at

As you often referred to the newspaper obituary page to see if your name was there and to make a joke that it wasn’t, today, Tom we see your name.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander
    60 Roe Ave
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander
    60 Roe Ave
  • Third Visitation

    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander
    60 Roe Ave
  • Service

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 2:00pm
    United Church, Port Albert
    Main St.
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  • Interment

    United Cemetery, Port Albert
    Main St.
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Sherry-Lynn Lester

Posted at 02:10am
To all the Mercer family, thinking of you all through this difficult time Uncle Tom was a character and I loved him for that, he was a little rough around the edges but had a great heart. You will be missed by many and you will never be forgotten Rest In Peace Love Sherry-Lynn, Garnett, Peyton, Brooke and Lexie. 💕

Ralph Morgan

Posted at 10:12am
So sorry for your loss,when I went into Gander mall i always made special time to say Hello and have a chat with Tom... Last year i took him in a bottle of salt water duck, which he loved to have..I asked him after a month with by, did he enjoy the duck and he said he haven,t taste nothing like it in years, with a big smile on his face.,he loved it he said...Tom was was very kind and also a great friend to me,please accept my deepest sympathy..Ralph Morgan Jr...Change Islands

Carl & Gloria Mercer

Posted at 09:04am
To all of our Family, thinking of you all as you lay our brother to rest today. Rest in peace Tom, You will be missed.

Lisa Sibbley

Posted at 07:26am
Dear Aunt Lilian, Denise, Alex & Bim, & my wonderful Mercer family,
Our hearts are hurting with you. Uncle Tom was indeed a character, and I loved his heart. My kids will treasure the memory of him taking them (and Chelsea & Cameron) to McDonald's when we visited. I always described him as a "little rough around the edges guy, but with a big heart"...and that's how I'll remember him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wishing I was there with you, but you're all in my heart. Love you all so much! Love, hugs & prayers, Lisa, Bruce, Jesse, Adrienne & family xo

Roy Barter

Posted at 11:42am
Alex & Family. deepest sympathy on your dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Roy & Ann Barter

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