John Thomas Nudds

Aug 21st 1950 — Mar 18th 2022 (71 years)


Nudds, John Thomas

August 21, 1950 - March 18, 2022

It is with broken hearts that we announce the death of John (Tom) Nudds in his 72nd year. Predeceased by his parents Herbert Noel and Margaret Laura Nudds, nee Thomsen. Beloved husband of Mary Lou Dewan for over 40 years. Cherished father of Tammy Leadlay-Chivers (Dave) and Melissa Barzanjah (Jerous Sinclair) both of London.

Grandfather to Sam Chivers, Shawn and Scott Leadlay, Paige, Payton and Avery Barzanjah. Tom is survived by his sister Mary Hunter (Gary) and his first wife Valerie Sarson. In-laws Susan Hartley (Steve Bartlett), Donna Firby (Jeff) and Patrick Dewan (Lynn) as well as his mother in-law Mildred Dewan.

Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins on both sides of the family.

Tom worked for General Motors Diesel for many years in different capacities ending as a Locomotive Test Supervisor. In the early 80’s he partnered with Tod Warner, Aldo Liberatore, Derek Shipley and Sam Hassan to form ZTR Controls. He was instrumental in developing a Smart Start system that prevents enormous amounts of diesel pollution from idling locomotives. These control systems have been installed all over the world. Tom’s legacy is secure in making the world a greener place. He treasured his life long relationships with his ZTR family.

In 2004 Tom and his best friend Rob Wright rode their Goldwing motorcycles to the west coast for a memorable holiday. In 2015 Tom retraced the route of the allied forces of WW2 throughout Europe. Recently he was elected to the board of East Elgin Sportsman’s Association. His other passions included model trains, firearms and purebred Bouvier dogs. Fortunately, Tom was able to enjoy a couple of years of retirement at the “ranch” in Melrose.

Tom had a heart of gold which endeared him to all those who knew him well.

Tom’s family is forever grateful for the care and compassion by the doctors, nurses and staff shown to Tom during his time at both of the LHSC hospitals. We are also grateful for the exemplary care provided by our family doctor Henry Chapeskie.

Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place in the near future. A memorial event will be held in early June.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom’s honour to the Heart and Stroke Foundation

or the Humane Society of London and Middlesex. Alternatively, practice random acts of kindness in Tom’s memory.

Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart your spirit lives within us, forever in our hearts.

Heart & Stroke Foundation:

Humane Society of London & Middlesex:

Notes of Condolences about John Thomas

John Evers

8 months ago

I had the pleasure of knowing Tom both professionally and personally for well over 25 years. I first met him through my work as he was starting up ZTR. When we found that we had a mutual love for firearms we embarked on an entirely different relationship. Tom was always a true gentleman in all respects and a super hard worker. Together we organized shooting competitions as well as the now famous (infamous) ZTR shoots at our gun club.

Tom it was a pleasure to know you..............

Mike Prystie

8 months ago

Tom and I grew up on the same street in East London. We were pals from 1958 until high school in 1965 when we went our separate ways, as you do.

Tom and I hooked up briefly on our old street when I was on a road trip last October and I called him out of the blue. It had been over 50 years since we had seen each other. We reminisced for about half an hour. I asked about ZTR and he told me and how he still had the rejection letter from GM about the suggestion that he and others had made...he chuckled at that.

I was saddened when I heard from Janis, also from our street, that Tom had passed.

My condolences to Tom's wife and family.

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